Indiana Statewide Newsletter
October 8, 2019
News & Policy
An Accurate Census Count is Essential for Afterschool
Afterschool programs make a huge difference in the lives of children, families, and communities across our country. Millions of our children rely on federal support, determined by the U.S. census, to attend afterschool and summer learning programs every day. The results of the census will be used to determine how more than $900 billion of federal spending will be allocated for the next 10 years.

As such, it is critical that every individual - from newborns to the most elderly - physically living in the country be counted in the census. Helping to get an accurate census count is one of the most important things we can do to serve our communities.

The Afterschool Alliance has created a toolkit to help afterschool programs, staff, and youth insure that every member of their community is counted. Click below to learn more about the upcoming 2020 U.S. census, as well as how afterschool providers can make a difference.
Data on Child Well-Being: How Do We Measure Up?

Understanding how our youth are faring is an important aspect of not only reinforcing, but also strengthening the supports that afterschool provides. Two separate reports released this summer delved into the state of child well-being across the country, measuring our nation’s progress over time.
Indiana State Museum PREK-12 Education Program Guide

Looking for resources on educational programming in the Hoosier state? The Indiana State Museum has got you covered - check out the latest PREK-12 Education Program Guide. This handy tool includes info on field trips, school and outreach programs, galleries, and special exhibitions.
Program Spotlight
The Robinson Community Learning Center | South Bend, IN
When the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) was started in 2001 - as an off-campus educational initiative of the University of Notre Dame in partnership with Northeast Neighborhood residents of South Bend - no one could have known what a tremendous impact it would have on the neighborhood.

Today, however, roughly 600 participants come through the doors of the RCLC each week for regular programming, and its program outreach connects with thousands of students each year.

The RCLC offers English as a New Language (ENL) classes, as well as a preschool for children of ENL students. Hundreds of college students participate in center's one-on-one tutoring program each year. Classes are offered in basic computing, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, advanced skills, and much more. In its 18 years, it has become a cornerstone of the community.

In August, the RCLC broke ground on a new site, which will add 5,000 more square feet and allow its mission to reach even more community members. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.

Read more about the new RCLC here.
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
ITVAP Statewide Human Trafficking Training Day
October 10, 2019 | 1801 West 86th St., Indianapolis, IN
Keynote speaker Byron Fassett is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on the victimization of women and children through sex trafficking, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and has over 38 years law enforcement experience with the Dallas Police Department. Participants will gain access to the keynote address, information panel discussions, and various breakout sessions. Registration is $25 and begins at 8:00 am. More information, including a schedule of events, here.

Sports & STEM Event
October 12, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
The Indianapolis Colts partnering with Indy Women In Tech present Sports & STEM Day on October 12th at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center! Participants will interact with hands-on STEM activities provided by the Indianapolis Colts, local companies, and non-profits around the state. Join to learn more about STEM and how it's used in sports, to see where your Indianapolis Colts practice on a daily basis. Each Sports & STEM participant will also receive a Colts vs. Titans game day ticket for Sunday, December 1st at Lucas Oil Stadium (1pm kickoff). Learn more here.

INSHAPE State Conference 2019
November 3 - November 5, 2019 | Grand Park Sports Complex, Westfield, IN
INSHAPE, Indiana's largest network of health and physical education professionals, is a primary source for professional development. They are the voice advocating in support of evidence-based health and physical education resulting in active learners and healthy students. The state conference offers over 100 innovative sessions, workshops and demonstrations. High-impact speakers share inspiring strategies. Networking opportunities foster the sharing of best practices. A partner showcase features new products and services from leading organizations. Special workshops on social-emotional learning, fitness, and standards-based curriculum for NFL Flag Football. Sponsored in part by the Indianapolis Colts. Register today!
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.
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.
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.
Funding Opportunities
2019 Big Ten Football Championship Game Educational Initiative
Deadline: October 25, 2019
The Big Ten Conference, College Football Playoff Foundation and Indiana Sports Corp have announced a grant opportunity for K-8 teachers in Indiana with a project. Eligible teachers can apply to receive up to $7,000 to fund their project. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Annie’s Homegrown Grants for Gardens
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Annie’s Homegrown, Inc. is funding schools and non-profit organizations focused on education to build edible gardens in schools. Funds can be used to create new gardens or to support and expand existing ones, so long as the garden grows edible foods (fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) and connects young people to real, healthy foods. Learn more here.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Mini-Grants
Deadline: November 4, 2019
Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots mini-grant helps prepare young people for success by empowering them to get involved and make positive changes in the environment, animals, and the human community. Must register for Roots & Shoots membership (free). Learn more here.