Indiana Statewide Newsletter
February 16, 2021
News & Policy
In a recent parent survey, 2 out of 3 parents of middle school students reported that they were concerned about their child staying on-track in school. More than half of these parents reported feelings of stress thinking about continuing to provide learning support for their child if virtual school and distance learning continues.

Afterschool programs can help - today and as we look toward the future.

Newly released America After 3PM data on middle school families shows that parents recognize the critical supports and experiences afterschool programs provide, both for their academic learning and social and emotional growth. These supports are especially important during the middle school years, a critical juncture in shaping students’ future success.

To dig deeper into the data, visit the Middle School fact sheet and read the NAA's blog about these findings.
There's much more on the America After 3PM website!

  • Check out the How-To Guide for navigating the data dashboard

  • Learn about the high unmet demand among Black and Latinx children and families.

Indiana Youth Institute: IYI Data Book Now Available

The 27th edition of Indiana Youth Institute's Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book for 2021 is now available. Published annually, the Data Book is designed to be the go-to source for the latest research and information on child well-being in Indiana.

The 2021 Data Book examines the impact of COVID-19 and the continuation of racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes across all four domains – Family and Community, Economic Well-Being, Education, and Health.

CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a Vaccination Communications Toolkit to support essential workers and encourage them to get vaccinated according to their state health department's planned rollout.

This page includes resources on vaccine education, vaccine availability, and FAQs for employers and employees.
Quality Corner
Professional Learning Communities: Connect, Learn, Grow
During this unique time in history, afterschool professionals and leaders must meet the moment by finding new ways to connect, learn, and grow. Introducing - NAA Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The NAA PLCs are designed to inspire meaningful connections where participants join expert facilitators for collaborative guided learning experiences focused on the most important topics in afterschool. Each PLC experience includes the following over 6-8 weeks starting mid-March:

  • Minimum of 5 hours live, virtual, facilitated interactive learning
  • Up to 5 hours of self-paced learning activities
  • NAA certificate of completion showing 10+ PD hours
  • End of PLC celebration

The cost to participate is $150 per PLC. Registration deadline for Spring cohorts is March 5, 2021.

Here is a snapshot of just one of the spring PLCs, taught by Erika Petrelli of The Leadership Program:
Facilitator: Erika Petrelli, The Leadership Program

Transform your workplace, engage staff and students and improve your leadership with social and emotional skill building. Participants will dig deep into their own transformative SEL skill building and how those skills directly impact their leadership. Together we will develop specific action steps for improving communication; actionable techniques for building and enhancing the team culture, and more.
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
February 18, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
NAA is pleased to offer this complimentary virtual strategy session that will provide participants with an overview of key components of what it takes to create an equity strategy. Participants will be provided with tools and resources to begin or continue to deepen their equity and anti-racist efforts. In this session, participants will explore the structures and practices needed for an equity strategy to ultimately become ingrained in the fabric of an organization/program.

February 18, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
MCCOY's Learning Network has long shared the importance of those serving youth and families to participate in self-care. MCCOY recognizes that these activities take time to plan, can be costly, and are often the first thing to get dropped off a busy to-do list. This series will allow for participants to experience a different self-care activity each month at a very limited cost.

February 23, 2021 | 2:00 PM EST
Out-of-school time programs in rural regions serve youth throughout the nation. Yet many existing frameworks to support out-of-school time professionals are misaligned with the unique needs of rural communities. In this session, learn how the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time partnered to create a statewide system of quality improvement from the ground up, including program self-assessment processes facilitated by quality improvement coaches, with a strong focus on building programs’ internal capacity to provide high-quality OST experiences. This session will offer practical guidance to anyone seeking to meaningfully engage programs in rural areas in continuous quality improvement.
Register Today!
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!
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Innovate WithIN’s premiere event is its annual statewide pitch competition. This competition allows high schoolers from every region of the state a chance to pitch their entrepreneurial idea for a chance at $25,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with world-class innovators to help turn your business from a dream into a reality. Applications for the 2021 pitch competition are OPEN. Everyone between the ages of 14-18 in Indiana are welcome to apply! Details on the submission will be available after the application.

Deadline: August 1, 2021
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is a federally-funded program (Title IV, part B) awarded to local education agencies, as well as public and private organizations, to provide youth a safe environment during non-school hours. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and life skills opportunities during non-school hours for youth, particularly youth who attend high-proverty and low-performing schools. The program helps youth meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; offers youth a broad array of enrichment activities that help their social, emotional, and behavioral development; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating youth.
Employment Opportunities
Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington - Bloomington, IN

Works with the RD Director in all aspects of Development, focused primarily on overseeing Events and Marketing. Works with the RD Director, Donor Relations Director, and Executive Director to ensure smooth fundraising operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington. Resumes and cover letters should be sent by February 19 to