Indiana Statewide Newsletter
January 7, 2020
News & Policy
The Afterschool Roadshow
Professional Development for the New Year
The Indiana Afterschool Network is partnering with 21st Century Community Learning Centers to host a series of trainings for afterschool professionals, called The Afterschool Roadshow.
The first roadshow series - Dive Into Quality - will focus on how you can use IAN’s quality toolkit to address some of your program's biggest challenges. Administrators, site coordinators and support staff can all benefit from these interactive sessions, which will cover best practices and strategies in self-assessment, using the online Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning, and how our newest resource for the field, My Afterschool Locker, can support your organization.

We hope you can join us and connect with other 21st Century Community Learning Centers and other fantastic afterschool programs in your region!
Join us at a location near you
Jan. 14, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
MCAS Administration Building
408 S. Carroll Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360

Jan. 17, 2020 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST
St Vincent Medical Arts Building
3700 Bellemeade Ave
Evansville, IN 47714

Jan. 20, 2020 @ 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Bauer Family Resources
330 Fountain St.
Lafayette, IN 47901

Jan. 23, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
City Life Center
225 W. 5th Ave.
Gary, IN 46402

Jan. 29, 2020 @ 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Vigo Co. School Corp. Admin Building
686 Wabash Ave. 
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Jan. 31, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
MCCSC Administration Building
315 E. North Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47401

Feb. 7, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart
1027 McPherson St.
Elkhart, IN 46514
Calling All Service-Based Learning Rock Stars

Do you incorporate service-based learning in your program? If so, we want to hear from you! 
We are looking to highlight high-quality Indiana examples of service based learning that develop students' personal and social responsibility and are helping young people become civically informed and engaged global citizens. If this is you or someone you know, please reach out to Sara at

Federal Funding for Afterschool Increased

Congressional appropriators reached an agreement on to avert a shutdown and fund the government past the December 20 deadline. The final bi-partisan bill language provides $1.25 billion for local afterschool and summer learning programs, which brings afterschool funding to an all-time high and is a testament to the strong 21st Century Community Learning Center programs across our nation.

Program Spotlight
Victory College Prep
Victory College Prep (VCP) takes pride in preparing its students for college and post-secondary careers. Through VCP’s advisory program, all 7-12th grade students learn soft-skills, academic advocacy, and are given the advice and tools needed for post-secondary success. In addition to six consecutive years of 90+% graduation rates, VCP also boasts a 100% college acceptance rate, 100% FAFSA completion rate, and has matriculated over 70% of its graduates to college. VCP’s Director of College and Career Advising, believes it’s the direct result of combining that rigorous advisory curriculum alongside an engaging practicum.

All juniors and seniors take part in VCP’s “FIRE” (Firehawks Internship and Real-world Experience) Program. As part of the program, students earn six employment-readiness badges in partnership with Employ Indy and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce before setting out twice per month for the entire day to intern with local Indy businesses and non-profits. VCP has 30+ business partners who work together to allow students to graduate with over 200 hours of experience!

In addition to over 10 dual-credit courses in partnership with IU-Bloomington, College Board, and Ivy Tech, VCP also offers seniors the opportunity to engage in its “Early Ivy” Program, where students can take up to two courses worth six credits, directly at Ivy Tech’s campus, during the school day. “The experience of being on the actual campus is so different than taking advanced classes at the school. I feel way more prepared for what to actually expect at college,” says senior Jarissa Watson. The best part? VCP covers virtually all costs, including transportation, books, and tuition.  
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Indiana STEM Education Conference 2020
January 15, 2020 | Purdue University | Lafayette, IN
Registration for the 5th annual Indiana STEM Education Conference is now open! The goal of the Indiana STEM Education Conference is to support K-12 STEM learning opportunities by sharing effective practices on teaching and learning. The conference will have new features to address the needs of K-12 teachers and schools, such as an afternoon workshop to help teachers earn career and economic PGP hours, and a lunchtime speaker from the Indiana Department of Education. Learn more here.

Indiana Pacers STEM Fest 2020
February 1, 2020 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Bring your family to the 3rd Annual Indiana Pacers STEM Fest presented by The Lilly Foundation and help spark your kids’ curiosity about science, technology, engineering, and math. Then, get ready for an exciting night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the Indiana Pacers host the New York Knicks. During STEM Fest, you and your family will have fun discovering STEM through hands-on activities with local Indiana corporations, universities and non-profit organizations. Get a glimpse into how the Indiana Pacers use STEM in SPORTS. Register today!

Educator Preview Nights at the Indiana State Museum
February 4, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
The Indiana State Museum is offering a chance to preview one of their newest exhibits - "Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis" - before your field trip. The exhibit is geared for students in grades 5-12 and adults. There will be an educator guide and additional resources available to best assist teachers, students and chaperones before, during and after the field trip. Museum staff and partners will be available to ask questions during the preview. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling Visitor Services at (317) 23-1637. Learn more about the exhibit.
Upcoming Regional Learning Network Meetings
Bloomington Afterschool Network
January 9 @ 10:00 AM EST
Location TBD

Marion County OST
January 21 @12:00 PM EST
Location TBD

Gary Community Afterschool Network
January 22 @ 11:00 AM CST
City Life Center
225 W 5th Ave.
Gary, IN 46402

NWI Afterschool Network
January 23 @ 10:00 AM CST
Mullen School
100 Manny Ct.
Michigan City, IN 46360
Mark Your Calendars
2020 NAA Annual Convention
March 15 - 19, 2020 | Washington DC
Join the 2,300 members of the National Afterschool Association (NAA) community at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for four days of networking, learning and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes and an interactive learning expo, all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool. Learn more here.
2020 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 14 - 15, 2020 | Indiana Convention Center
Adventure is more than just hiking a new trail – it’s breaking the chain of routine and opening yourself up to new ideas. Adventure is challenging what’s possible for yourself, your program, and your kids. In Spring of 2020, the Indiana Afterschool Network will help you push your boundaries outward and learn how we can work together to dream, explore, and discover. Learn more here.
Funding Opportunities
Aim High – New York Life Foundation Grant
Deadline: January 24, 2020
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide, in 3 categories of up to $100,000. Read the  full application and eligibility requirements ,  and join our  webinar  on December 5 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. The RFP homepage can be accessed  here.

Student Teaching Stipend Opportunities
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Two stipend opportunities for future teachers known as the Earline S. Rogers Teaching Stipend for Minorities and the Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields are open through January. The Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities is available to minority students (defined as Black and Hispanic individuals) who will participate in student teaching or a school administration internship as part of their degree requirements. The Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields is available to students planning to teach in special education, math, or science at the middle or high school level. Eligible students can receive up to $4,000 per stipend, or $8,000 if awarded both. More info here.
Employment Opportunities
Good Character & Citizenship Director
Bloomington Boys and Girls Club - Crestmont Club

The Good Character & Citizenship Director will schedule and supervise programs, track members’
progress, and complete reports for the Good Character & Active Citizenship priority outcome. This position will be the lead staff in the Teen Center and supervise support staff in the area. This position is responsible for ensuring that our members have a safe, positive environment while in the Teen Center. Click here to read the full job description.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Jeigh Hockersmith.