Indiana Statewide Newsletter
December 22, 2020
News & Policy
Lakshmi
A Message from Our CEO

Dear Friends, 
 
At this time of year, we normally look back and quietly reflect about the year. We thank our teams for their accomplishments, we plan for the following year, and we learn from our mistakes. But this year… Wow, there was just nothing quiet or reflective about 2020. 
 
We’ve said it time and time again: 2020 was a year like no other. The global pandemic, heightened awareness of racial injustice, and economic collapse—this year brought more challenges than we could have predicted. And you, our afterschool community, met those challenges head on to continue serving the needs of kids and families. 
 
During this year, we learned how strong and brave our youth workers are and how resilient kids can be. When the state closed down last March, out-of-school-time programs across the state responded. You quickly created virtual programs. You ensured the kids and families in your programs had food, access to technology, and were able to continue learning. Throughout the summer, you created opportunities for kids to feel like kids again. This fall, you created e-learning hubs so parents could get back to work. 
 
You worked tirelessly to serve the kids and families who need you and your program. I am incredibly proud of how hard you worked to meet the ever-changing and ever-growing needs in your communities. 
 
Thank you for your amazing work in 2020! And like all of us, I’m looking forward to putting 2020 behind us and looking forward to a fresh start in 2021. I wish you, your families, and the families you serve very Happy Holidays! All the best for a safe and healthy 2021! 
 
Very truly yours, 

Lakshmi 
Call for Presenters: Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge of the field? Our call for presenters for the 2021 Summit is still open!

There will be opportunities to present in both live and pre-recorded sessions. Additionally, potential presenters will be asked to rank their preference of session length. Click the link below to learn more!
IAN Professional Development Survey

2020 has been a challenging year full of change and uncertainty, and the Indiana Afterschool Network wants to provide the best and most relevant support for you in 2021. Feedback from all levels of your organization will help guide the development of tools, resources and engaging training opportunities.

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Quality Corner
Fundraising for Small Non-Profits:
Limited Space Available
Do you want to learn how to build a more effective case for financial support and efficiently use your time and existing resources to achieve your fundraising goals?

Limited spaces are available for Fundraising for Small Non-Profits, a three-week online course being offered to Indiana out-of-school time providers and presented by The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. The online course will be open Jan. 25 - Feb. 12.
Events
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
December 28, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Repeated)
Interested in starting a STEM Ecosystem locally? Have a team focused on STEM already, but need to know how your formal and informal STEM stack up? This webinar series if for you. Use this opportunity to regain STEM momentum lost during the pandemic, analyze your local STEM offerings and support, all while seeing where you stack up against Indiana specific STEM program expectations! Your team will come away with a better understanding of your STEM areas of strength as well as areas to improve in 2021 to take your STEM programming to the next level!

January 5, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
TIES, founder and lead of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice is holding two Town Hall discussions for members of its 94 STEM Ecosystems and others to capture thoughts about the nation’s STEM needs.vMelissa Moritz from the Biden Science Policy Team and Erik Nikolaus Martin, director of the Biden Day One Team, will join STEM leaders in two Town Hall discussions from 1 - 2 PM EST on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7. Parents, students, teachers, government officials, leaders from business and industry and non-profits are being encouraged to join.

January 7, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Want to learn more about what is going on at the State House and how you can get involved? Join MCCOY's Sarah Williams for an hour long training on Thursday, January 7. It will cover the 2021 legislative timeline; Bills MCCoy will track that affect Hoosier children and their families; the State House in the time of COVID; how you can follow along and track bills through IGA.IN.GOV and how you can best connect with your legislators.
Save the Date!
Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning 2021
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! Interested in presenting at the Summit? Check out our RFP.
Indiana STEM Education Conference
The goal of the Indiana STEM Education Conference is to support K-12 STEM learning opportunities by sharing effective practices on teaching and learning. This year's theme is “STEM Education meets a Global Challenge.” Since many teachers and schools are working hard to provide STEM instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be conference sessions that will focus on providing instruction virtually and in social-distancing situations. Register here!
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: January 15, 2021
All youth-serving organizations can apply, however, the selection committee is prioritizing organizations with primarily Black leadership or that serve primarily Black youth. Requests for funding should not exceed $15,000. Those interested may submit a video in addition to their written application (the instructions are at the end of the application).

Deadline: January 15, 2021, at 6 PM EST
Each year, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) recognizes the outstanding work done during the summer months on behalf of our nation’s youth. Candidates for the Summer Learning Awards are exceptional summer programs, models, and systems that keep children and youth learning, safe and healthy during the critical summer months. Each award-winning program receives a $10,000 donation supported by the New York Life Foundation.

Deadline: February 1, 2021 @ 5:00 PM EST
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications from afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. In total, $1.35 million in grants will be awarded to programs all across the country. This is the fifth year of the Foundation’s Aim High grant competition, bringing the total amount awarded to $6.15 million. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide—take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply today.