Newsletter February 2016
SB251 PASSES the Indiana House! The next step is a final approval of the amended bill by the Senate.
BIG THANKS to the many great advocates for youth & families in the Statehouse and across Indiana! This amended legislation establishes the Out-of-School Time Learning Advisory Board of experts and stakeholders to study best practices and make recommendations to the 2017 General Assembly.

The forward movement of S.B. 251 lays the groundwork for future access to, quality of, and affordability of out-of-school programs in Indiana. This bipartisan request for recommendations and research brings the value of afterschool and summer learning to an elevated priority and visibility within the Indiana legislature.

THANK YOU, for sharing your stories of impact with policymakers.

Stay tuned to the Afterschool Network on  Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute updates.

The Indiana Youth Institute releases the KIDS COUNT in Indiana 2016 Data Book: A Profile of Child Well-Being, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

Whether you're a community leader, policymaker, youth worker, educator or child advocate, IYI wants to equip you with most current information about the well-being of children, youth and their families so that you can continue to impact the lives of Indiana's children. Download the full report (170 pages), Indiana average profile (4 pages) or your county's snapshot of key indicators. More info HERE .

On My Way Pre-K accepting applications in 5 counties
The Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning is now accepting pre-K applications for the 2016-2017 school year. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 25, at 5:00ET. These grants go towards educating eligible children who are 4 years old, but not yet 5 on August 1, 2016, and will be attending kindergarten in the 2017/18 school year in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties. More info:
Indiana Association of United Ways' Third House / Meet Your Legislator event calendar
Legislators often offer a preview, progress report or summary at "Third House" sessions or "meet your legislator" sessions. The Indiana Association of United Ways works to maintain the calendar of Third House meetings throughout the state. Check the calendar for a date and location near you. More at: 

REGISTRATION TODAY for the 2016 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning! #IANsummit2016 
April 11-12, 2016 
Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis  
Hosted by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network. The FIFTH Annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning brings together youth programs and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth.  

Registration: $80
(Includes breakfasts, snacks, Monday lunch & Monday Evening Reception)

Learn More at the 2016 Summit Website!

Check out our NEW Facebook page!
Stay up to date with the latest news in out-of-school time. Including information about funding, best practices, policy news, program resources and MORE! 

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Indiana Youth Institute offers FREE proposal review
If you're applying for a grant, submit your proposal and an IYI consultant will offer you free feedback to strengthen your submission. More HERE.

Serve Indiana Mini-Grants
Serve Indiana is excited to recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities in honor of National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016). It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. Serve Indiana is awarding mini-grants to Indiana organizations who wish to host volunteer projects as a part of the 2016 National Volunteer Week, Spring Alternative Day or Summer Alternative Day. DUE: March 7 - More info HERE

IGT's After School Advantage program is a global community investment program, which provides qualifying non-profit community agencies and public schools with a digital learning center. These digital learning centers are designed to provide underprivileged/at-risk children ages five to 18 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school hours, in a safe environment. Amount varies.  
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply. Deadline: March 7, 2016. 

2016 Clean Tech Competition Win up to $10K for your team! The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. Deadline: February 26 
IU Health Strong Schools
Would you like to add 30 minutes of physical activity to your elementary students' day and help build their academic success? Because healthier and more active kids tend to learn better, IU Health will provide 30 IU Health Strong Schools grants to elementary schools in the 15 counties that house an IU Health hospital across the state. The following IU Health Strong Schools grants are available:

- $1500 IU Health Stronger Schools (Focus on students & staff) - Grants include Fitnessgram software to collect wellness metrics.
- $3000 IU Health Strongest Schools (Focus on students, staff & community) - Grants include Fitnessgram software to collect wellness metrics.

Application deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016. More info HERE.

Game on Grants: Action for Healthy Kids
Through partners CSX Transportation, IU Health, Tyson Foods, Materne Go Go Squeez and Saputo, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids Game On grant opportunities for the 2016-2017 school year. Around 500 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $2,500 to support physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools in becoming recognized as a health-promoting school. Schools funded in previous grant years are eligible for a sustainability grant of $500. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More info HERE.

Walmart Foundation: Community Grant Program
Through the annual program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organization within the service area of individual Walmart stores. Grants will be awarded in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities. Due December 31st. 

The Bright House Classroom Innovators Grants is an ongoing program to assist innovative educators with classroom needs. The program is available to educators who teach K-12 curriculum at public and private schools or at an afterschool nonprofit program that are within Bright House Networks service areas. Recipients are eligible to receive up to one grant per entry period, of no less than $250 and no greater than $500, to assist in their efforts to move students toward a brighter future through innovative learning. Multiple grants per cycle may be awarded within a Bright House Networks service area. The entry period begins September 1, 2015 and ends March 31, 2016. Learn more HERE.

The Build-a-Bear Foundation mission is to add a little more heart to life by providing opportunities for children of all ages to better their communities and share their heart with others. Recipient organization must serve an area within 50 miles of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store. Funds must directly support programs that promote the values of H.E.A.R.T. H - Help communities through volunteering. E - Experience the power of teamwork. A - Accept people's unique differences. R - Respect people and animals. T - Take the lead to drive positive change. Applications are accepted January 1-March 31, 2016. More info HERE.

Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation
Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, and mobility devices that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles. More info HERE.


The Indiana Afterschool Network helps promote and strengthen program quality in out-of-school learning across Indiana.


1.  Use Indiana's Top Ten Quality Standards for OST as a pathway to quality improvement.

2.  Assess your program sites and organization by using the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA)

3.  Develop your staff using the NEW! Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning .  A high quality, online training specifically designed for Out-of-School Time Professionals

This NEW online PD system was created in partnership with the National Afterschool Association and Child Care Aware and offers the latest in training specifically designed for Indiana's before school, after school, school age child care and summer programs.

Benefits to Your Program and Staff:
*    Professional Development anytime, anywhere!
*    36 Best Practice Learning Modules (2 hours each)
*    Aligned with IN Afterschool Standards and IN Youth Development Credential (IYD)
*    In-depth curriculum content, interactivity and rich visuals
*    Useful resources and real life scenarios
*    Pre- and Post-tests
*    Certificates and User accounts to track progress
*    Customer Service
*    Technical Assistance

Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment.
For more information:
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell
Passport to Hi-Tech at Conner Prairie Saturday, March 5 10 am-5 pm
13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers
Free with paid general admission ($8)
Organized by Women & Hi-Tech and Conner Prairie

Passport to Hi-Tech is THE place for girls ages 7-12 to learn about careers in science, engineering, biology and other STEM disciplines! Think of it as a ticket for your journey around our increasingly technological world. All ages are welcome to participate in this event featuring interactive exhibits and hands on experiments designed to inspire girls to discover more about biology, chemistry, engineering, manufacturing, computer science and more. Meet and talk to female experts and professionals working in the hi-tech field with Indiana-based companies including Roche Diagnostics, Rolls-Royce, Dow AgroSciences, Cummins and others. Discover how you can transform your curiosity into reality as representatives from Indiana's colleges and universities show you programs and activities that can help you train and prepare for the future.  For more information visit

Going Green Festival Friday, April 8 Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis
The Going Green festival will assist Hoosiers in recognizing the benefits of green practices and encourage overall good stewardship practices. Celebrating its 8th year, Going Green is a collaboration with area and state-wide businesses and organizations that promote green living, encourage visitation to green spaces, educate the public about living green, and offer practices that make living green easier. Participating organizations and special guests will focus on topics such as alternate transportation, electronics recycling and sustainable food choices.For more information, contact: Katelyn Coyne, Special Projects Programmer (317) 232-5598

Eleven Fifty Academy and their partners are looking forward to delivering "Cool Coding Awareness Week" to 20 Indiana communities over the next year.
"Cool Coding Awareness Week" is an interactive week-long initiative that teaches students the concepts of coding and equips them with the tools and support necessary to continue their coding learning through a trained community educator. To find to more about having your communities considered as one of the 20, visit: 

Magnify Learning PBL workshops will be held June 20-23.
Columbus - Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School
Plymouth - Riverside Intermediate School
Indianapolis, Chapel Hill 7th/8th Grade Center
These workshops are open to all educators, K-16. We encourage you to bring a group from your school or organization, including administrators, in order to lay the framework for a collaborative PBL system designed to meet your particular school culture and needs. Go to  for details and to register.

The Indiana Conservation Challenge: A Project Based Learning Initiative  The Indianapolis Zoo wants to inspire students and teachers to take part in local conservation projects through Project Based Learning and Service Learning projects. Our friends at Valley Mills Elementary in Decatur Township have started a recycling initiative to help Indiana wildlife. Learn what you and your students can do to take part in the Challenge HERE.   

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply. Deadline: March 7, 2016.

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding
Indiana Department of Education STEM School Certification Program
For details on the process to earn the IDOE designation of a STEM School, follow THIS LINK Note that, to be certified as an IDOE STEM school, a school must offer an afterschool program in STEM.
Connect & collaborate with STEM programs through The Connectory!
With the launch of The Connectory, it's easier than ever for kids to connect with STEM programs and opportunities, and for STEM practitioners to collaborate, develop partnerships, and share resources. This free online collaboration tool gives STEM program providers a chance to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. Families, in turn, have a free, go-to resource to connect the children in their lives to STEM learning opportunities in their community.   
NASA Ignite! Free Curriculum and Training in Indiana
You don't have to be a STEM expert to facilitate fun, hands-on activities to help kids learn about survival in space, how to train like an astronaut, rocketry, and much more. NASA Ignite provides free staff training and easy to implement curricula, games, and videos for afterschool, summer and in-school learning. Each activity gives you a lesson plan, list of supplies, and estimated preparation/implementation time.. Activities are geared toward youth in grades 4-9, but can be modified for any grade level. Contact the NASA Ignite! team to learn more and get started. Visit the Ignite! Dashboard for upcoming events, free training materials, webinars, lesson plans, and more.
New 21st Century Scholar Resource Available! The purpose of the Community Partner Training Manual is to provide schools, youth serving organizations, colleges and volunteers with tools, guidance and information to best support 21st Century Scholars. Click here for additional Scholar resources available on our website.
With most public and private public not-fot-profit colleges and universities in Indiana incorporating online degree programs there are even more opportunities to pursue higher education. has researched and published many valuable resources that can help students and their families discover everything that is available. Here are some highlighted tools that students should review:  
Connecting Learning & Life
Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes.

ISM College Planning promotes educated decision making for higher education choices to students, families and counselors. Strong choices before college are the best way to limit debt after college. For over 30 years, the goal of ISM has been to provide students and their parents with solutions to help put higher education within reach. To learn more about ISM College Planning please contact us via email, phone, or in person.

Indiana Department of Education Office of College and Career Readiness This site will provide you with helpful information regarding the new Indiana Academic Standards, as well as information about content subject areas, Career and Technical Education, STEM and eLearning. What does it mean to be college and career ready? In Indiana, this is defined as an individual who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in post-secondary education and economically viable career opportunities.

The Commission for Higher Education's Outreach Staff are looking to connect with community leaders, volunteers, community-based organizations, college partners and school leaders to trainings and support on enrolling students into the 21st Century Scholars Program, guiding Scholars in the Scholar Success Program requirements and utilizing Learn More Indiana's resources around college planning and career success. To learn more about training and partnership opportunities within your community, please contact your Regional Outreach Coordinator.   

* Visit Learn More Indiana's NEW website:   
* To track your LMI shipment order visit the "Educators" tab on the Learn More Indiana website or go to: 
* Counselors and Partners who are in need of Learn More Indiana resources can request materials by completing the following request form. Learn More Indiana Material Request Form. 

Indiana Youth Institute's Trip to College Alerts program provides students, parents and youth-serving professionals with the most up-to-date information about preparing for college. Subscribers to this FREE service receive three to four texts per month with reminders about deadlines for tests, applications and financial aid, tips to prepare for college and encouragement to stay on track with postsecondary goals. To sign up, text grad + the student's graduation year (ie: "grad2015") to 69979.
Professional Development Grants from IYI
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Submit an application by the tenth of the month to receive a decision by the first of the following month. More HERE.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2016 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning! #IANsummit2016 
April 11-12, 2016 
Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis  
Hosted by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network. The FIFTH Annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning brings together youth programs and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth.  

Join 750 participants to experience: 
* Keynote Speaker Marlin Jackson, former defensive back with the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Championship team and founder of Fight for Life, an organization that supports underserved youth. 
* More than 50 innovative workshops on leadership and best practices 
* Special Networking Reception at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 
* Spectacular exhibit hall 
* Champion awards for outstanding programs  

Be part of our state's most recognized and comprehensive conference on Afterschool! 

Participant Registration is OPEN!
Registration: $80 
(Includes breakfasts, snacks, Monday lunch & Monday Evening Reception) 

Activities That Reach & Teach
Wednesday, March 2 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Peace Learning Center, 6040 Delong Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254 OR Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT) Goshen, IN Looking for ways to further engage your youth through learning and fun? uLEAD opens their student engagement toolkit through an interactive experience that will leave you remembering what you learned and wanting more! Join us for a light lunch and some new tools to immediately apply to your program making it more enjoyable, effective, and unforgettable.

Voter Engagement Training for Non-Profits Thursday, March 24; 10-11am WFYI Public Media Community Room (1630 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis)
The statistics on voter participation in Indiana are dire: Hoosiers are in the bottom 10 for voter registration and dead last nationally for voter turnout. To tackle this big challenge, all of us, across different sectors, have a role to play encouraging healthier civic participation in 2016. Join Indiana Humanities, Spirit & Place Festival and WFYI Public Media for this free training on the do's and don'ts of voter engagement for non-profit organizations. This training is designed for staff of non-profit organizations to learn how to register voters and encourage civic participation. We'll also share a timeline of key 2016 election and registration dates, as well as resources and tips on non-partisan ways to encourage your community to be more civically engaged. Free; RSVP required. 

Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley region will host its annual Matter & Motion event on Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its main campus in Terre Haute, 8000 S. Education Drive. Matter & Motion is a free, family-oriented, open-to-the-public, fast-paced day full of hands-on activities and demonstrations intended to entertain children and adults alike. The purpose is to give those who attend a glimpse into Ivy Tech's programs. The learning activities give event-goers a sense of the community college's varied offerings. We hope that everyone will consider hosting an interactive, fun activity for the community to enjoy.

The Leadership Program Summer Trainings
July 13th and 14th at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Many of you know The Leadership Program from their dynamic trainings, but did you know they also have a nationally-recognized, evidence-based leadership curriculum that has been proven to reduce incidents of violence, bullying, and aggression in schools? The Middle and High School student curricula have been recognized by SAMSHA, OJJDP, Crimes.Gov, and others as an effective way to use leadership development as a tool for violence prevention. School districts across the country are getting their staff trained in this curriculum in order to implement it in their schools and programs-why don't you? For more information on how to register, visit: 

Free Domestic Violence 101 and Safe Dates Training for Middle and High School Students
Safe Dates is the only evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating abuse: a factor often linked to alcohol and other drug use. Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Designated as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. If you or those you know are interested, please contact Amanda Wyneken at Families First Indiana.

Going Green Festival and Eco-Science Fair
Indiana State Museum- 650 W Washington St. - Indianapolis
Friday, March 18, 2016 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Indiana State Museum will provide a platform that showcases how individuals and companies can tackle environmental issues at the annual festival. This year's event will showcase eco-friendly products and services, local environmental leaders, lifestyle activities and the Eco-Science Fair.
Video from last year:

American Heart Association First Aid & CPR  Camptown can provide your staff with American Heart Association First Aid, CPR, & AED training for as low as $25 per person. We offer the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & infant or the Basic Life Support (Professional) First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant. Our instructor is an RN with 30 years of experience in hospital, and school settings and holds instructor certification through the American Heart Association and has held the Instructor Trainer certification through the American Heart Association. Trainings are held at the Camptown facility, however arrangements can be made to offer at your facility (additional charges may apply). Our schedule filled quickly last year so reserve your date today!
 Please contact us at for more information or to schedule your training.

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
offers trainings across Indiana on a wide range of nonprofit management topics. The upcoming calendar of workshops and more info here:

Indiana Youth Institute Trainings and Cafés NEAR YOU
Topics including Technology Safety, Reaching Uninsured Families and others will be provided at various locations in including: Merrillville, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville and New Albany.  More info here:


Beyond School Hours National Education Conference
March 9-12. Professional development, networking, inspiration and celebration for national OST educators and leaders. Location: Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX.

A Thought Leader Roundtable on Job Skills and Minority Youth: Putting Theory into Practice Free Conference Call and Discussion March 16, 2 p.m. ET 
Most of the determinants of youth employment rates are beyond the control of youth programs. An exception: the interview process. Many youth programs provide tips and practice. How many actually work to improve their participants' interview success rates? Join Karen Pittman and researcher Bart Hirsch for a discussion of how youth development and youth employment programs can use input from professional HR interviewers to improve their participants' chances of nailing the interview. Hirsch deconstructed the interview process, developed tools and trainings for youth professionals, and tested their utility with Chicago high school students. Find out more and register now.

 2016 National Afterschool Association Convention March 20-23
Join NAA in the Sunshine State at the 27th annual Convention, at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in the Greater Orlando area. Gathered will be the brightest, most passionate, and talented minds in the afterschool community.

Afterschool professionals are superheroes that go above and beyond the call of duty. NAA is committed to helping you grow, share and connect, and our annual convention offers all of that and more across four days of engaging, insightful programming and networking.
Learn More:

Ready by 21 National Meeting
March 29-31. Network with 450+ colleagues striving to improve the lives of kids in communities and states across the nation. Location: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, MD.

27th Annual National Service Learning Conference
March 30-April 2. Join students, educators, and government leaders around the globe at Educate. Ignite. Transform. Location: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

BOOST - Save the Date 
Palm Springs, CA 
April 26 - April 29, 2016 

Registration Open for the 13th Global Youth Justice Training
June 14-16, 2016 Cape Cod, MA
The Global Youth Justice 13th Training Institute is designed for individuals and teams of adults from communities interested in Expanding, Enhancing, Network and Learning about volunteer-driven Youth Justice and Juvenile Justice diversion programs referred to as Teen Court, Youth Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury. This 3-Day International Training Institute will include 20+ adult Peer to Peer Training Sessions by participants who volunteer to present in addition to other training topics, and a half day grant writing and funding resources session. For complete details visit our website. 

EARN INDIANA- Resource for finding your next afterschool hire! 
 EARN (Employment Aid Readiness Network) Indiana, launched in Summer 2013, revamped the existing state work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while employers receive state matching funds in exchange for hiring these students. EARN Indiana has partnered with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers to maximize each student's academic success and career achievement and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team. EARN Indiana gives students professional experience and networking opportunities, readying them for a career after graduation.

Developing 21st Century Minds with 21st Century Tools
Helping children develop the capacity of their minds to think, problem-solve and learn is more achievable than ever thanks to a new tool that is easy to use, very effective, and that kids find fun. It's called BrainWare SAFARI. BrainWare SAFARI is an award-winning cognitive skills development software program that develops attention, memory, visual and auditory processing, as well as executive functions and higher-order thinking skills. It is supported by peer-reviewed published research and numerous field studies and has been shown to have a significant impact on academic achievement as well as children's attitudes towards learning and self-esteem. . Learn more at 

INDY ELEVEN PARTNER SINGLE GAME PRESALE Indy Eleven 2016 single game tickets go on sale to the public February 29th - but through our partnership with Indy Eleven, you can order your tickets for this game and any other match during the 2016 Indy Eleven season NOW before they go on sale to the general public! Click the following link and use code PRESALE to access this special opportunity to secure the best tickets to any of Indy Eleven's 2016 games, kicking off Saturday, April 9th versus the Ottawa Fury and starting at only $11:

The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) and fellow youth organizations have launched Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social and Emotional Learning.
The first educational field guide of its kind, the work sheds new light on ways to help arm today's youth with the valuable social and emotional learning (SEL) skills they need to succeed. The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Challenge was designed to identify promising practices for building skills in six areas: emotion management, empathy, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, and problem solving. The Challenge was a partnership between expert practitioners (youth workers, social workers, teachers) delivering exemplary out-of-school time (OST) programs in eight unique communities, a team of researchers, and a national funder. The findings from these programs informed the field guide, which aims to not only help other program leaders replicate these strategies, but also provides teachers, school officials and parents with new insight into adolescent development. To learn more visit

Unprecedented Access to Thousands of Digital Books
Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home. More info at:    

Afterschool and Competency-based Education have emerged as promising strategies for improving student outcomes, but how do we ensure that equity is addressed when implementing and growing these programs? Read More HERE.

Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) Nature Play Days
ICAN is pursuing its mission to foster the connection of children, families and communities to the natural environment through Nature Play Days in 2016. ICAN is encouraging families and nature centered institutions to jump start their summer of fun outdoors by attending or hosting a Nature Play Day between June 11th and 19th! Activities and games or unstructured nature play are a great way to connect as a family, team, congregation, or class and reap the physical, mental , and emotional benefits of time spent outdoors. Host an event- Additional resources, training opportunities, support materials and more are coming soon! Register your event for promotional assistance and access to free materials! 

Palladium PALS (Performing Arts Literary Season) Book Club
In the Palladium Center's new reading initiative, Palladium PALS, students read books aligned with Center Presents performances and can earn a free ticket to experience a show. Together, the Palladium PALS and Palladium Bookies (the Center's book club for adults), form a literary initiative that spans babies to seniors. Additional information can be found at

Reconnecting Kids and Nature Coming Summer 2016: The Children of Indiana Nature Park!
In October, Mary McConnell of The Nature Conservancy spoke at the TEDx Indianapolis event. TEDx Indianapolis celebrates "extraordinary people generating Big Ideas," and this talk was no exception. Mary presented on the Children of Indiana Nature Park, a project which will launch in 2016 that is designed to reconnect kids with nature and foster the next generation of conservation leaders. Enjoy the amazing sights and sounds in this special announcement of the Children of Indiana Nature Park! More information will be provided as the June 2016 park opening draws nearer. The Nature Conservancy will be inviting educators and youth group leaders to help connect youth to nature by implementing environmental education activities that result in each K-12 student receiving an honorary deed to the Children of Indiana Nature Park. In the meantime, contact Melissa Moran at or (317) 829-3919 for more information about how your organization can participate.
220 Youth Leadership offers personalized leadership coaching for students in middle school all the way through their senior year in college. Our 1-on-1, group, and online programming helps students define personal success for themselves and teaches our unique goal-setting process to give them the confidence achieve their most challenging goals. Through 220 programs, students set tangible near-term goals around leadership development, academic achievement, and improving communication skills. 220 Youth Leadership is determined to raise each students expectations for themselves so that they can achieve their near-term goals and more importantly, their greatest aspirations in life.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is highly interactive and includes a 200 page resource book. Contact Colleen Carpenter to schedule one in your community or agency, 260­-438­-6763). 

Hoosier Family of Readers, a literacy initiative of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the Indiana Department of Education, encourages all members of the Indiana Afterschool Network to sign up with First Book. First Book is a non-profit social enterprise that distributes tens of millions of new books and educational resources every year to schools and programs serving children in need nationwide. Their mission is to elevate the quality of education by ensuring that educators and organizations like yours get the resources they need to help kids read, learn and succeed. Register with First Book (it's free!) to peruse their site and discover how you can immediately access books for the students you serve:

Accessible High-speed Internet- Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national not for profit initiative through Brighthouse, aimed at bringing students and families nationwide online by providing $9.95/month high-speed Internet, low-cost computers and free digital literacy training. Visit  for more information or to sign up. INTERNET ESSENTIALS, is a Comcast program designed to expand broadband adoption among low-income American households with at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunches. To learn more or to apply, please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855­-846­-8376) or visit  

The essential elements of citywide afterschool networks 
The Wallace Foundation has published a must-read report for all policy makers and afterschool advocates. The new report, Growing Together, Learning Together updates a popular 2008 Report on citywide approaches to afterschool and summer learning. The update highlights four essential components of building a successful citywide system of afterschool support: strong leadership, coordination that fits the local context, effective use of data, and a comprehensive and inclusive approach to quality. More HERE.

The Office of Child Care's Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN)
Website featuring a wide range of resources to help communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children.

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections provides a continually updated, free, and easily searchable collection of research on child care and early education for researchers and policymakers. The Web site, , provides access to more than 25,000 resources, including original scholarly research, government reports, factsheets and briefs, data sets, and instruments.

The Homework Hotline started in 1991 as a toll-free telephone service. Several online features have been added in recent years, and the iPhone app gives students easier access to Rose-Hulman students that are available as hotline tutors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday during the school year. Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Homework Hotline provides toll-free math and science tutoring services by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or through the website

Resource available Students Stumped by Studies - Thanks to an innovative Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student, there's now The AskRose app, which links Indiana middle and high-school students with free homework math and science assistance. The app is available at the iTunes App Store

2-1-1 is now State-Wide in Indiana!   All 92 counties with all 6,483,802 Hoosiers now have access to the free 24/7/365 service that helps people find the help they need to obtain safe, affordable housing, food and utilities, mental and physical health care, employment, volunteer opportunities and many other things that can lead to happier, healthier, safer individuals and families in our communities. DIAL 2-1-1 TODAY IF YOU NEED HELP OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE HELP.

Nonprofit Jobs Board
The Not-for-Profit News jobs database, in partnership with ExactHire, which gives nonprofit employers and workers tools to promote and manage your job searches.  

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN


Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children. This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs which specifically focus on children's oral health. More HERE.

Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
Supports a wide range of programs that serve vulnerable children including children who are ill, orphaned, disabled, injured, abused or malnourished as well as children with limited or no access to education. Grant range:  $1,000 - $15,000.  Deadline:  rolling. 

The American Electric Power Foundation considers requests from organizations in communities served by AEP's regional utilities. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching the quality of life in communities through art, music and cultural heritage. Deadline: Rolling Amount: not less than $15,000.
American Family Insurance protects dreams by helping strengthen and support individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. American Family Insurance also sponsors events and activities that build stronger ties with customers through memorable, beneficial experiences. Deadline: rolling Amount: $250-$10,000 Info HERE.

Signing for Change grants available from $1,000 to $10,000 for nonprofit organizations driving social change in their communities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information including selection criteria, click HERE.

Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation's grantmaking is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Amount: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Rolling
Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Deadline: Rolling  Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000.

Advancing Student Achievement, a program of the Actuarial Foundation

ASA grants support math programs that open students' minds to the practical power of math. The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. MORE HERE. 
Deadline: Rolling Amount: up to $5,000
The First Lady's Foundation exists for the purpose of encouraging and supporting Indiana youth and families. Deadline: Rolling (one application per 365-day period) Amount: $500 or $1,000
Marsh Supermarkets believes that giving back to the community is essential for their growth. Their participation carries forward a long tradition and a steadfast commitment to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.  Under $1,000: Six weeks in advance of the event or date needed.$1,000 or more: Six months in advance- preferably by November of the year prior to your event for consideration during annual budget planning.

Sears Holdings
The goal of Sears Holdings is to be part of the community and contribute in ways that enrich the lives of people residing in those areas. By helping to create stronger communities, they enhance the quality of life for customers and associates. Amount varies. Deadline varies.

Beyond traditional banking products and services, Key supports communities through the important work of KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation's mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through the two funding priorities of thriving students and a thriving workforce. Amount varies.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. Amount varies.

The Bright House Classroom Innovators Grants is an ongoing program to assist innovative educators with classroom needs. The program is available to educators who teach K-12 curriculum at public and private schools or at an afterschool nonprofit program that are within Bright House Networks service areas. Recipients are eligible to receive up to one grant per year of no less than $250 and no greater than $500, to assist in their efforts to move students toward a brighter future through innovative learning.

My Macy's District Grants support nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are important to individual local communities where Macy's stores are located and that fall within the Macy's focus areas-arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS and women's issues. Amount varies. MORE HERE. 

The Children's Obesity Fund
offers grants to nonprofit organizations that share its mission for improving children's health. Preference is given to organizations with programs that fight childhood obesity. Amount varies.

Tyson Foods invests in community projects that make a difference in the Tyson Foods communities where employees live and work. Tyson Foods focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, education, community development, and environment and sustainable agriculture. Amount Varies

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)
awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. To date, an average of 400 requests are received annually; approximately 10 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. More HERE

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education

Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16. Amount: Varies Deadline: Rolling. More HERE.

Reiman Foundation Grant
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline: Rolling Award Amount: Vary

Let's Play grants offer ten different grant opportunities for organizations in need of support for youth sports or recess equipment, afterschool programming and playgrounds/outdoor fitness equipment. Amount: varies Deadline: varies

The Hearst Foundation
Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests - culture, education, health and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

The Kroger Company Foundation's philanthropic objective is to enhance the quality of life in communities with a concentration of Kroger customers and employees. The Foundation exists for the betterment of the people and communities where Kroger operates.
The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development. Amount: Varies

Connect a Million Minds (Time Warner)
Connect A Million Minds supports include after-school STEM programs, mentorship programs that inspire the pursuit of STEM education and careers, STEM-related competitions, visitations to technology companies and labs, and apprenticeship programs.
No deadline. For more information, go to: 
Wells Fargo offers grants to assist a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide human services, community development, educational, artistic, cultural, civic and environmental programs. Applications are accepted in Indiana on a rolling basis; organizations are encouraged to prepare a proposal using the guidelines and contact their local Wells Fargo location to submit an application.

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. Human service programs of particular interest to the foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The foundation supports a variety of community improvement programs including those that enhance nonprofit management and promote philanthropy and volunteerism. Youth development programs supported by the foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.  Deadline: Rolling  Amount varies.

The World We Want Foundation
Offers youth-led service learning grants.
Deadline: Rolling,  Amount varies.

Ford Foundation Educational Grants
The foundation's grantmaking focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Types of grants the foundation makes: General/core support, Project, Planning, Competition, Matching, Recoverable, Individual, Endowment, Foundation-administered project, and Program-related investment. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling

Share Our Strength Grants
Share Our Strength offers grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations involved in increasing access to nutrition and anti-hunger advocacy. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling 
Lumber Liquidators offers in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations in need of new flooring for their facilities.
KaBoom! offers "Let's Play Land Use" playground grants. Deadline: Rolling

Public Welfare Foundation is accepting letters of intent from organizations and programs working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. Deadline: Rolling More info HERE.

The Indiana Division of State Parks and Reservoirs is pleased to offer field trip grants to Indiana educators and their students. Field trips can engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, or natural habitats and their conservation, or about Indiana's history and cultural resources as they relate to Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.

Half Price Books
will consider book donation requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education.

AND  for more grants-

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

STEMfinity STEM Grants Listings: Indiana

The BOOST Collaborative  Funding Opportunities Listing

Find a long list of grants and deadlines including several open deadline opportunities:
The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
Fundsnet, Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.   
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