Indiana Statewide Newsletter
August 13, 2019
News & Policy
Investment in Staff Yields Success for Students
Delivering high-quality programming can seem daunting, especially when front-line staff may have limited experience in the curriculum. In this study, researchers focused on the impact of providing staff with hands-on professional development, coaching, and quality assessment, in order to better engage youth learning.

Researcher Jessica Manta-Meyer spoke with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) about how investing in a well-trained staff translates to student outcomes.
Fort Wayne Coalition Works to Connect Kids with Careers in Skilled Trades

The Gateway Coalition - an alliance of Allen County educators and businesses - is working with local community leaders to develop new gateways to skilled-trades careers for young people.
Science and Technology Camp Makes a Lasting Impact on Indy Girls

STEM has been dealing with a lack of representation among women and minorities. But a summer camp for girls that focuses on closing the STEM gap made its way back to Indianapolis for the second time this summer.
Program Highlight
Girls Rock! Indianapolis Returns to Inspire Future Rock Stars
Since 2010, Girls Rock! Indianapolis has been teaching elementary, middle, and high school girls the craft of writing, playing, and performing songs. Their summer program returned to IUPUI's campus this July, with over 100 young, aspiring musicians in attendance.

Campers come for a week-long crash course in instrument instruction, songwriting, and collaboration with other like-minded musicians. Their lessons focus on confidence building, empowerment, and leadership skills through the lens of music education. Campers don't need any prior music experience to attend.

Girls Rock! also provides year-round community workshops and events that are open to people of all ages, all genders.

Click here to read more about their latest Indianapolis camp, and check out their volunteer page for more information about getting involved.
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
2019 Readers into Leaders Early Literacy Conference
August 17, 2019 | Central Library, Indianapolis, IN
In partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library, Child Care Answers is hosting its annual free literacy conference. This conference is for center directors, early childhood educators, family & child care providers and their staff, pre-K and kindergarten educators, before- and after-school staff and program directors… all of those that may touch the lives of children ages 12 and under. Bring your lunch! Break out sessions will be offered on a variety of relevant topics. Register here.

What Works: Celebrating the 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool Webinar
August 20, 2019 | Webinar
Every October, 1 million Americans come together at more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events across the nation. Lights On Afterschool celebrations come in all shapes and sizes, and don't have to be huge to be effective. Holding an event is an excellent way to build support for your program, by letting leaders see how you are supporting kids and families in your community. Whether this is your first Lights On Afterschool or your 20th, join us for this webinar to inspire and help you get the most out of your celebration. Register here.

Ignite Your Superpower – STEM Day
August 22, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
For the third year, Indy Women In Tech is partnering with Women & HI Tech and Conner Prairie to implement a STEM day for middle-school girls that will provide them with hands-on learning in the fields of science, engineering, biology, chemistry, computers, and other STEM disciplines. They will be exposed to female role-models describing the lives of successful women in STEM and the benefits of STEM careers. Learn more here.
Mark Your Calendars
2019 21st CCLC Multi-State Conference
October 6 - 9, 2019 | Evansville, IN
Registration for the 21st CCLC Multi-State Conference will be closing on August 31. The last available slots will be offered to both 21st CCLC and non-21st CCLC programs. This three-day conference will convene out-of-school time youth workers, educators, and program administrators from Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia for a unique opportunity to learn alongside each other. Register here today!
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.
IYI Kids Count Conference
December 2 - 4, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
The Indiana Youth Institute's (IYI) Kids Count Conference is the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals. Gain practical resources from national experts, learn best practices from programs like yours, and make connections that last all year long. Explore timely issues for youth in the areas of health, holistic learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion, and more. Learn more here.
Funding Opportunities
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant
Deadline: August 30, 2019
The 2019-2022 McKinney-Vento request for proposal (RFP) is now available. In order to adjust to ESSA requirements, the structure of the grant has changed to promote coordination within regions and improved services for homeless children and youth. Visit the website for the RFP, rubric, budget, and required templates.

The Indiana State Department of Health Cooking Matters Grant
Deadline: August 30, 2019
Cooking Matters is a comprehensive nutrition education curriculum that teaches those with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator and covers meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and nutrition. Adult and teen participants take home a bag of groceries at the end of each class. Please see the attached grant application, which can be sent to Naima Gardner at, no later than 5PM on Friday, August 30th.

2019 SHAPE America Impact Schools Grant
Deadline: September 4, 2019
Health and physical literacy can be a life-changer for all children. As part of their goal to build 50 Million Strong, SHAPE America is dedicated to giving back to communities in high-need areas across the country. As such, SHAPE America is making the commitment to support five (5) eligible schools through the SHAPE America Impact Schools program, to help grow and build effective health and physical education programs within their schools. Learn more here.

Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites Grant
Deadline: September 5 (organizations), September 12 (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.