Indiana Statewide Newsletter
January 5, 2020
News & Policy
Lack of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery
For years, afterschool programs have kept kids safe, inspired them to learn, and helped working families. And according to recent findings from America After 3 PM - the largest survey on afterschool programs to date - unmet demand for afterschool programs has skyrocketed.

The survey concluded that for every one child enrolled in an afterschool program, three are still waiting to get in. This is especially problematic now, as programs have played a key role in addressing educational and economic inequalities further highlighted and exasperated by the pandemic. Click below to read more about this survey, its findings, and what it means for OST programs in Indiana.

Special thanks to Indiana Public Broadcasting and WFYI for highlighting the need for and the benefits of OST programs in this statewide coverage.
2021 Spending Bill and COVID-19 relief Package Finalized and Passed

The House and Senate have approved the final text for the $1.4 trillion FY 2021 spending bill and a new COVID-19 relief bill, which was later signed by the President.

Click below to read the Afterschool Alliance's summary of how the funds will be distributed, as well as what we can do to continue advocating for OST programs in Indiana.
Last Call for Presenters: Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge of the field? Our call for presenters for the 2021 Summit is still open!

Most sessions will be pre-recorded. Additionally, potential presenters will be asked to rank their preference of session length, ranging from 15 to 75 minutes. Click the link below to learn more!
Quality Corner
Fundraising for Small Non-Profits:
Limited Space Available
Do you want to learn how to build a more effective case for financial support and efficiently use your time and existing resources to achieve your fundraising goals?

Limited spaces are available for Fundraising for Small Non-Profits, a three-week online course being offered to Indiana out-of-school time providers and presented by The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. The online course will be open Jan. 25 - Feb. 12.
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
January 5 & 7, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
TIES, founder and lead of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, is holding two Town Hall discussions for members of its 94 STEM Ecosystems and others to capture thoughts about the nation’s STEM needs. Melissa Moritz from the Biden Science Policy Team and Erik Nikolaus Martin, director of the Biden Day One Team, will join STEM leaders in two town hall discussions from 1 - 2 PM EST on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7. Parents, students, teachers, government officials, leaders from business and industry and non-profits are being encouraged to join. Click here to register for Jan. 5 and here to register for Jan. 7.

January 7, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Want to learn more about what is going on at the State House and how you can get involved? Join MCCOY's Sarah Williams for an hour long training on Thursday, January 7. It will cover the 2021 legislative timeline; bills MCCOY will track that affect Hoosier children and their families; the State House in the time of COVID; how you can follow along and track bills through, and how you can best connect with your legislators.

January 20, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
During this time, it is essential to support both the physical and mental wellness of children and families. Join Indiana Afterschool Network's Training and Development Manager, Keith Monfreda, as he shares resources for family and parent wellbeing, keeping kids physically active and eating well while at home, best practices for self-care, and more!
Save the Date!
Mark your calendars! The date has been set for the 10th annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning, Indiana's premiere conference for out-of-school time providers. The Summit brings together youth programs, schools, and community partners to connect, explore new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana’s youth. Register today! Interested in presenting at the Summit? Check out our RFP.
The goal of the Indiana STEM Education Conference is to support K-12 STEM learning opportunities by sharing effective practices on teaching and learning. This year's theme is “STEM Education meets a Global Challenge.” Since many teachers and schools are working hard to provide STEM instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be conference sessions that will focus on providing instruction virtually and in social-distancing situations. Register here!
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: January 15, 2021
All youth-serving organizations can apply, however, the selection committee is prioritizing organizations with primarily Black leadership or that serve primarily Black youth. Requests for funding should not exceed $15,000. Those interested may submit a video in addition to their written application (the instructions are at the end of the application).

Deadline: January 15, 2021, at 6 PM EST
Each year, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) recognizes the outstanding work done during the summer months on behalf of our nation’s youth. Candidates for the Summer Learning Awards are exceptional summer programs, models, and systems that keep children and youth learning, safe and healthy during the critical summer months. Each award-winning program receives a $10,000 donation supported by the New York Life Foundation.

Deadline: February 1, 2021 @ 5:00 PM EST
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications from afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. In total, $1.35 million in grants will be awarded to programs all across the country. This is the fifth year of the Foundation’s Aim High grant competition, bringing the total amount awarded to $6.15 million. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide—take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply today.