Indiana Statewide Newsletter
July 2, 2019
Afterschool News & Policy
Led by the National Summer Learning Association, National Summer Learning Week elevates the importance of keeping all kids learning, safe, and healthy during the summer. On July 8 - 13, the country will unite in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer.
Afterschool Advocates Raise Their Voices on the Hill
Over 200 afterschool advocates from 41 states traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with congressional representatives for the 18th annual Afterschool for All Challenge.

In addition to the 175 in-person meetings, more than 8,800 emails and calls to Congress were made by advocates nationwide in support of afterschool and summer learning programs.
Photo: Sara Beanblossom of the Indiana Afterschool Network, Desiree Frederick of Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County
Gary, IN Mayor Touts Importance of City-Supported Afterschool Programs

Gary, Indiana mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson spoke to attendees at the Mott Foundation's 50-State Afterschool Network meeting this year, citing the importance of collaboration between city officials and local out-of-school time program providers.
The Summer Slide: Everyone Feels the Heat with Summer Learning Loss

The NAA has compiled a variety of resources to help afterschool pros better understand SEL, providing information about the benefits, integration strategies, and success stories., This guide may be used to enhance the experiences offered to Indiana youth.
Quality Corner
The 2019 Quality Leader Badge
In an effort to recognize the organizations that continuously strive toward strengthening the quality of their out-of-school time programming, the Indiana Afterschool Network has created the Quality Leader Badge.

New badges will be released annually. Recipients can place the badge on their website or newsletter - anywhere - to signify their quality journey.

You can start on the path toward quality by fulfilling these minimum requirements:

Please email questions to Bri Gaston-Bell at
Professional Development, Training, and More
Teach, Play, Learn
July 12, 2019 | Indiana University, South Bend, IN
The Teach, Play, Learn conference brings together stakeholders interested in exploring how games and play can be effective tools for learning. The conference aims to generate interest in the changing technologies of educational games, demonstrate benefits of using games as part of classroom education, and showcase practical solutions for the design of games in the educational context. Learn more here.

12th Annual Indiana Black Expo Education Conference
July 18, 2019 | Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
This conference is designed to address current issues confronting educators, students, and families. It includes a series of keynote addresses, workshops, and discussions, which address cultural competence, postsecondary access and retention, the removal of student barriers to learning, and discipline in the classroom. Learn more here .

Understanding Trauma
July 19, 2019 | Pike Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
Featuring Dr. Anda, co-author of the original ACES study and Laura Porter, former director of the Washington State Family Police Council and Office of ACE Partnerships. Learn how to impact the health of future generations by learning about the impact of trauma, community challenges, capacity building, and more. Space is limited. Admission is free. Register here.
Mark Your Calendars
Summer Changes Everything
October 21-23, 2019 | Atlanta, GA
The only national conference devoted to summer learning opportunities. Join participants in Atlanta, GA for a weekend of resources, best practices, and solutions for summer learning and afterschool programs. Learn more here.
Beyond School Hours Conference
February 26 - 29, 2020 | Orlando, FL
 The nation's premiere conference for educators and leaders serving K-12 in school, afterschool, summertime, and beyond. Includes powerful keynote speakers, exhibits that engage and inform, and over 200 content-rich workshops. Learn more here .
NAA National Conference
March 15-18, 2020 | Washington D.C.
Join over 2,000 members of our community 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 leaders of afterschool. Learn more here .
Funding Opportunities
Youth and Adolescent Physical Activity (YAPA) Grant
Deadline: July 19, 2019
The YAPA grant is focused on providing physical activity opportunities for youth and adolescents in the classroom, school, and after school programs. Submissions should enable your community or organization to successfully improve the overall health of youth and adolescents - such as using funds for staff professional development, creating a sustainable physical activity program, or improving an existing program. Download the application here.
Local Career Coaching Grant
Deadline: August 2, 2019
Grantees will create and establish a sustained career coaching model for their community. This grant represents an opportunity for local leaders to come together to provide career information, educational attainment levels necessary for meaningful careers, and create experiential learning opportunities that will move students and adults toward a path of economic prosperity. Learn more here.

Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites Grant
Deadline: September 5 for organizations; September 12 for individuals
Get funded to reach a new audience and build a new partnership through your art with an Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant. This program brings participatory arts activities into Indiana’s state parks and historic sites. To get funded, the proposed project must be connected to the participating site (highlight its historical significance, etc.) and provide a high quality experience for visitors. Learn more here.