Newsletter February 2017

2017 Indiana Legislative Session and Afterschool
The following bills related to out-of-school time in Indiana are making their way through the Indiana Statehouse this legislative session:
  • House Bill 1136 Latch key programs
    UPDATE: unanimously passed the House, 91-0.  Next step: Senate.
  • Senate Bill 116 Out of school time pilot program and fund
    UPDATE: The Senate Education Committee heard testimony from educators, youth programs, parents, students, and business leaders in support of the bill. It passed the Senate Education Committee and has moved to Appropriations, chaired by Senator Kenley.
    Link to testimony HERE. Select meeting date: Feb 1, 1:30.  OST testimony began 1:17. 
* Continue To Share Your Stories of the Power of Afterschool in Indiana! Keep your policymakers informed of how out-of-school time programs help working families, inspire learning and keep kids safe. Click HERE to find out the name and email address of your Representative in the Indiana House.

Do You Love Afterschool? Proclaim it Loudly!
During the month of February we are asking afterschool program staff, students, teachers, and parents to show their love for afterschool.  

Participate in the #AfterschoolWorks campaign!  It's easy: 
  • Just print the I Love Afterschool sheet, fill it out, snap a photo of the finished product (or selfie with you and your message), and upload it to your favorite social media sites with the hashtag phrase #AfterschoolWorks for ____[my family, my community, my school, etc].
  • You can also tag us on Twitter and Facebook (@INafterschool and @INafterschool) to make sure we don't miss your posts.
  • No time for printing? Just share your own pic and message using #AfterschoolWorks 
  • Tag your local, state or federal elected officials.

2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 10-11  7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis

Hosted in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, the Summit 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. The SIXTH annual summit is open to ALL out-of-school time program providers, schools and community partners in Indiana serving K-12 youth. 
BIG thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Indiana Secretary of State +  big shout-out to all our sponsors who make the Summit possible. See all of our confirmed sponsors so far HERE!
Participant Registration Rate after January 15: $95
Register Today!

Click HERE to register as a SUMMIT VOLUNTEER. 

Connect with your legislators locally and learn about bills they are working on at the statehouse! The Indiana Association of United Ways keeps a regularly updated list of Third House Sessions and Meet Your Legislator events across the state. It is important that legislators hear input from their constituents and these events are a great way for you to connect and share your thoughts. Check back often for new events as they are scheduled!

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Afterschool Tippecanoe
Tuesday February 14, Noon to 1:00 PM ET
United Way of Greater Lafayette
1114 State Street - Lafayette IN

Evansville Afterschool Coalition
Friday February 17, 11:00 AM to 12:0 PM CT
Berry Plastics
101 Oakley St. - Evansville IN
(Entry will be at the corporate entrance on the NW corner of the building on the corner of Franklin and First Ave. Door 3)

Northwest Indiana (NWI) Afterschool Network
Thursday February 23, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT
Dworkin Center
Purdue University Northwest, Westville Campus
1401 US-421 - Westville, IN

Bloomington Summer Camp Fair & Lemonade Day Kickoff
Saturday, February 25, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
College Mall Atrium (by Target)
2894 E 3rd St. - Bloomington IN

Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network (Greater THAN)
Thursday March 9, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Terre Haute Children's Museum
727 Wabash Ave. - Terre Haute IN

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday March 10, 10:00 to 11:30 AM ET
Girls Inc. of Monroe County
1108 West Eighth St
Bloomington, IN 47404

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.

generationOn Verizon Innovative Learning Grants
Do you have an innovative way to improve your community through a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) service project? If, so generationOn and Verizon have an opportunity for you! They are now accepting applications for grants around STEM service projects. This grant, made possible by Verizon, is available for anyone who is planning a STEM-related service project that will take place between March 27 - May 12. The deadline for applications is February 27. More info HERE.

Win $5,000 with the Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge!
The Overdeck Family Foundation and the Simons Foundation just announced the launch of Science Everywhere, an initiative to catalyze math and science learning beyond school walls, in partnership with The foundations are providing nearly half a million dollars to match donations from the public to support creative, hands-on project ideas submitted by educators to the platform. At the end of the challenge, a panel of judges led by astronaut Leland Melvin will award five $5,000 prizes to the best ideas. More info HERE.

The Clif Bar Family Foundation is accepting applications for its Small Grants program
Through the program, general operating support grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded along with funding for specific projects that align with one or more of the foundation's focus areas: promoting Earth's beauty and bounty; creating a robust, healthy food system; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards; and building stronger communities  Next deadline: June 1.

The Festival Fund was established in 2011 to support and promote the activities of organizations in the greater Indianapolis area that enrich cultural life by celebrating cultural expression and encourage understanding and appreciation for different cultures. Qualifying community organizations may apply to receive funding to support their international or cultural event in grant awards ranging from $500-$2,000. The Fund is supported by a generous grant from the Indianapolis Foundation with additional support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

Karma for Cara Foundation encourages kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens, Karma For Care Foundation wants to hear what kids are passionate about. 

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education has grants available for specific projects within schools serving all children (including students who learn differently) pre-K - 12, that integrate the arts into educational programs. The purpose for this grant is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish or maintain an effective learning tool using the visual arts within the school day.
More information. 

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation's Children's Initiative provides support to direct service programs throughout the United States that create and promote stability, resilience, and healing for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Eligible programs must directly serve children up to 17 years of age who have been exposed to domestic violence, be centered on evidence-based strategies or an innovative measurable approach, include a plan for an outcome-based assessment of the program activities, and be a new program (within the first year of development). 


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
4th Annual Eco-Science Fair, Indiana State Museum - April 21, 2017  
Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in becoming the solution to global climate issues. Students can submit science fair projects on a range of topics including aquaculture, vermiculture, composting, social awareness, urban farming, alternative fuel, and recycling initiatives in their school and community. For more information, contact Katelyn Coyne, Public Programs Developer, To fill out an application to participate, visit 

Click2Science's first Trainer Institute
This new two-day, train-the-trainer style institute is designed for OST trainers to become part of the first cohort of certified Click2Science Trainers. Those who register online before February 28, 2017 will receive early bird pricing. Additionally, they are waiving the registration fee for two trainers who are selected from Indiana. In order to nominate an individual to attend the Trainer Institute for free, contact us at

Black Girls Code introduces programming and technology to a new generation of coders who will become builders of technological innovation. The program empowers girls of color (ages 7-17) to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Black Girls Code has a goal of training one million African American girls to code by 2040. Recently the program partnered with Colgate around the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures. Check out profiles of up-and-coming STEM pioneers on their Future Katherine Johnsons website. 

The Black Family Technology Awareness Association (BFTAA)
campaigns to empower and equip its community of families with the resources needed to become actively involved with the technology revolution. BFTAA partners with faith-based organizations, corporations with a strong community presence, small businesses, resource centers, such as schools and libraries, and city and state government agencies. By bringing together all these entities to focus on finding solutions, BFTAA hopes to create models of success that will close the digital divide that threatens to perpetuate educational, financial, and social inequality in America. Its BFTAA "Youth Technology Club" features STEM opportunities around robotics and broadcasting for elementary through high school students. More info HERE

Teen Science Cafe Network
Teen Science Café out-of-school programs are a free, fun way for teens to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic deeply.

The ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls challenges participants in 6th-8th grade to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. Judges will select semifinalists, finalists, and national winners. All finalists will receive a fully paid trip to DC for our national gala, the ultimate celebration of girls in computing, in June of 2017 during which they will participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, tour tech companies, participate in a formal awards ceremony, and showcase their projects to the public. Registration for the 2017 ProjectCSGIRLS competition closes February 15th, 2017. The deadline to submit projects is April 15th, 2017. Mentors will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis so if students would like to request a mentor, they should register early!

Interested in becoming a PBL Certified Teacher/Facilitator?
Experience in the utilization of PBL is being recognized by an increasing number of school leaders as a valued experience for educators, and the PBL certification demonstrates that a high level of quality and success has been achieved.

The mission of the Magnify Learning Educator PBL certification is:

- to establish standards and systems for certifying accomplished PBL educators
- to provide support and networks for PBL educators
- to engage PBL certified teachers and leaders in on-going professional development

Learn more about PBL Certification and begin your PBL certification process today here:

The Afterschool STEM Hub is a collaboration among out-of-school-time program leaders and stakeholders to provide coordinated messaging and communications that impact advocacy and policy and help ensure the important place of informal, afterschool and summer programs in the STEM learning ecosystem.  It is led by the Afterschool Alliance and generously supported by STEM Next, an initiative launched by the Noyce Foundation. NAA is a member of the Hub.  For more information on this initiative (including the list of participating organizations) please visit 

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.

Indiana Latino Institute Scholarships
- ILI's academic year scholarship application is now open to all college bound high school seniors and college students. This application is due May 26, 2017.
- ILI's 2017 Summer Internship application is now open to all college bound high school seniors and current college students. A stipend towards college tuition is awarded once the internship is complete.  This application is due March 31, 2017.
-  ILI's first annual Summer Fellowship Program application is open to students entering their final year of college and graduate students. Selected students will be paid directly. This application is due February 28, 2017.

IU Maurer School of Law Diversity Law Day (FEBRUARY 18) is an opportunity for an inside look at what law school really has to offer.
Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to network with professors, current law school students, and practicing attorneys. You will participate in a mock class taught by an Indiana Law professor and be introduced to thinking critically in a special session (and receive your own book). The purpose of this day is to help you experience the study of law and expose you to the legal profession. If this is something you wish to explore, please join us Saturday, February 18 from 9am - 3pm at Indiana University Maurer School of Law for Diversity Law Day. Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
To register, visit

Regions Bank: Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest
In honor of African-Americans' extraordinary achievements and Black History Month, Regions Bank is proud to offer the Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest. High school and college students can enter for an opportunity to win a $5,000 or $3,500 scholarship by writing an essay in 500 words or less about an African-American who has inspired or motivated them. Encourage your youth to apply HERE. DUE February 28.

FAFSA Due March 10
The 2017-2018 FAFSA is open! In addition to giving students an additional three months to file, the 2017-2018 FAFSA requires 2015 tax information only - removing the need for applicants to rush to file their taxes to meet the March 10 FAFSA deadline. Please encourage your seniors to file early! Remember that resources are available on the FAFSA website in their Financial Aid Tool Kit.
Scholar Success Program (SSP)
Beginning with the Class of 2017, Scholars are required to complete the Scholar Success Program (SSP) activities each year in order to maintain scholarship eligibility. Scholars must log in to ScholarTrack to track their progress. Enrolled Scholars must first register for a ScholarTrack account before they are able to access their ScholarTrack portal. To check the progress of Scholars at your school, select the Scholar Data tab on our website to track and monitor progress 

Indiana Youth Institute's NEW College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit
The FREE Toolkit offers a complete plan for your program, whether you already focus on postsecondary readiness or you're looking to include it. The Toolkit has an appendix that's full of sample forms, links to program resources and a program assessment tool! Download your copy today!

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.

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.
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.

2017  Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning - April 10-11
Registration now open! 
Hosted by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis
Our sixth annual conference features two days of exciting workshops and events hosted by the Indiana Afterschool Network, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education. More than 750 youth programs, educators and community partners come together to connect, learn new ideas, and access valuable resources for Indiana's K-12 youth. The 2017 Summit includes a special focus on building school partnerships and linkages.
Early Bird Rate: $75
Regular Rate after January 15: $95
More info:  

Minecraft Hour of Code - Microsoft Store Indianapolis
Join us for this free, 90-minute workshop. Go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You'll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. Workshop designed for ages 8 and older.  Please bring a set of headphones or earbuds. Contact to schedule a private event. More info on this and other workshops HERE.

18th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference
The mission of the Indiana Latino Leadership Conference is to celebrate the uniqueness of Latina/o/x students in a forum by and for students. This forum seeks to cultivate the exchange of ideas, values, and beliefs in order to promote scholarship, leadership development, and empowerment of Indiana's college and high school Latina/o/xs. This year the conference will take place on the DePauw University, Greencastle campus on Saturday, March 4, 2017. To register, please see

Congressman Carson's 2017 Youth Opportunities Fair - March 6
Are you a student of parent of a student looking for a summer job internship or other opportunity? Join local youth service providers and employers on March 6, 2017 at the Central Library (40 E. St. Clair Street) for the 2017 Youth Opportunities Fair. The event will run from Noon - 7 PM and is free and open to the public. Come learn about opportunities for youth of all ages. Questions? Call 317-283-6516 Hosted in collaboration with EmployIndy, JAG Indiana, Marion County Commission on Youth, and the Indianapolis Public Library. More info HERE.

Drug Free Marion County will be hosting a training on the prevention curricula Too Good For Drugs and Violence by the Mendez Foundation.
This evidence based prevention program has both school and afterschool based activities to teach students K-12 about the risks associated with substance use and protective skills. They will host a half day (10:00am-2:00pm) training for each grade level- Elementary, Middle and High School.
Two of the trainings will be the 38th Library and the third is being determined. Training dates so far March 10th- Elementary, March 17th Middle School. Contact Nancy Beals for more information

Indianapolis Zoo Professional Development for Educators
Family Nature Club (All ages) March 18, 2017 * 9am-noon * Cost: $10
Wildlife Science (3rd-8th grade) April 29, 2017 * 9am-3pm * Cost: $20
(Materials included)
Save the date for this summer's Conservation Educator Academy - June 19-22. Registration for the Academy will begin Jan. 16.
Learn More HERE.

Indiana Youth Institute's College and Career Conference (CCC)
June 20-21, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott North
This conference is a key source for relevant, timely information about education and workforce development in Indiana. Over two days, educators, counselors and youth workers can explore a wide range of readiness needs and options for students. CCC covers postsecondary pathways from four-year colleges to apprenticeship programs. Join other professionals who believe that all kids, all options and all futures are important for Indiana's success.
View keynote speakers, preview workshop topics and register online at:

Stewards of Children
As part of the Early Intervention and Prevention (EIP) Initiative, Children's Bureau Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety (NACS) is the proud facilitator of the national child sexual abuse prevention training program Stewards of Children in Marion County. This national award winning program is a prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. To learn about the days & times we are hosting this FREE program, please visit:

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) training team provides a variety of in-person and online trainings for anyone who would like to gain more expertise on a topic. While these events are often promoted through the IPRC listserv and the event calendar, the training portal is where all the information and registration for these trainings can be located. Several free and interactive online courses are part of this training portal and contain hour-long, self-paced modules for alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, tobacco, motivational interviewing, and many more! Most of the trainings that are offered provide continued education units and certificates for completion. For more information on our training resources or to request our training catalog, visit  or email

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a variety of training for everyone who wants to learn more about domestic violence issues. If you are interested in attending an in-person program or webinar, we hope you will join us. Click here for a list of trainings.

Camptown First Aid Training
You can gain the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.  Every year millions of people learn how to help their families, co-workers and neighbors with courses in First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Whether you choose the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant or you need the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers Camptown can meet your training needs.  Camptown offers deeply discounted First Aid & CPR training for schools, churches, camps and other, not for profit organizations.  For more information, please contact us at

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:


2017 National Afterschool Association Convention - March 19-22, Dallas, TX
Registration is open for NAA's Annual Convention "Rising to the Challenge" Join us for the afterschool field's premier learning, networking and professional development event. 

Best of Out Of School Time Conference- Palm Springs, CA
The BOOST Collaborative is a unique purpose-driven company committed to creating opportunities for change in educational and social services agencies serving youth in the out-of-school time hours. Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.
April 18 - 24, 2017 

2017 National Family and Community Engagement Conference
June 22-24, 2017 at the Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, California. Under the theme: Engaging Families: Transformational Moments, Sustainable Practices, the 2017 conference supports all who strive for excellence in family-school-community partnerships. Participants will access 4 major plenaries presenting leadership perspectives from a multitude of backgrounds, including the high-impact work taking place locally in the Bay Area. Over 90 workshops will share evidence-based program practice and inspire discussion about the most important themes across Family and Community Engagement. More info HERE.

2017 QRIS National Meeting- June 27-29, Dallas, TX
At this meeting, you will learn the latest research, effective practices, innovations and big ideas in the development, implementation and revision of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) and approaches to enhancing the quality of early care and education at the local, regional and state levels. The structure of the meeting is designed to foster cross-state discussion and informative peer exchange. 

Indiana Prevention Resource Center
Have you ever wondered if your program made a long-term difference? Have you ever waited until the end of your grant to do an evaluation? Do you struggle with how to report your evaluation findings? The IPRC's evaluation team can design a comprehensive evaluation plan for your program or grant. We can create data collection tools, construct a step-by-step data collection plan, provide onsite consultation, and craft evaluation reports with analysis and interpretation. For more information on what the evaluation team offers, please contact Dr. Jeanie Alter at

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has received a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) School Health Branch to provide technical assistance and training to school districts and school buildings, to support healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time (OST) settings. TOT programs prepare facilitators to present information effectively, respond to participant questions and lead activities that reinforce learning. The model enables experienced personnel (trainers) to show less-experienced facilitators (trainees) how to deliver workshops and resources to their frontline staff. The Certified Healthy OST TOT program is for individuals and organizations with a strong interest in healthy eating and physical activity among OST programs in their community. The trainings, in alignment with NAA's nationally recognized Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for OST, provide afterschool professionals with the knowledge and tools to train school-based OST staff in health and wellness.
The deadline to apply is February 17, 2017. More info HERE.

Supporting Disconnected Boys and Young Men of Color Toolkit
This new toolkit released by the Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) highlights promising practices, strategies and resources to help communities support 16 to 24 year-old boys and young men of color who are neither in school nor employed. Such young people - commonly referred to as "opportunity youth" or "disconnected youth" - have distinct talents and needs and require dedicated strategies above and beyond those targeted at boys and young men of color more generally.

The Opportunity Youth Network developed this toolkit to help communities take action to reconnect disconnected boys and young men of color. The toolkit begins with a set of cross-cutting strategies and then is organized by the six critical milestones enshrined by the White House's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge: entering school ready to learn; reading at grade level by third grade; graduating from high school ready for college and career; completing postsecondary education or training; successfully entering the workforce; and reducing violence and providing a second chance. Each section includes an overview, strategies for taking action, and links to key organizations and resources. is an online platform available to afterschool programs in Indiana that allows programs to receive dental resources and preventive services onsite free-of-charge for their students. SmileConnectSM  works to connect children in need of dental resources with those available to help by utilizing local volunteer dental providers and distributing oral health kits donated by our partners. Programs can get connected with these resources at any time by visiting and creating a request. Feel free to contact Allison Bohlen, SmileConnectSM Program Lead, with any questions at or (734) 302-4618.

Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) Nature Play Days
From June 10th to 18th, ICAN is encouraging groups across the state to make a special effort to get kids outside by holding a Nature Play Day event. These events can be anything from broad partnership, multi-day community events to a simple guided hike, loose parts play, or a meet-up at a playground. Large or small, free play or department led, the goal of Nature Play Days is to get kids outside and remind families that nature play is important and can happen close to home. Learn more on hosting or attending an event:

Afterschool & Law Enforcement: 3 recommendations for officers
In 2016, the Afterschool Alliance talked to police officers and afterschool programs about partnerships between law enforcement and afterschool. Throughout the process we learned that law enforcement can be an important and unique partner for afterschool programs. To help jumpstart new partnerships in communities across the country, the officers we spoke with offered advice for other officers and afterschool programs looking to collaborate. More info HERE.

On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, by Erika Petrelli of The Leadership Program, is now available for sale at Amazon.  Part storytelling, part personal discovery, this interactive journal takes readers on an introspective journey, as they find what they can Awaken, Unfold, Illuminate, Ignite, and Howl about in their lives. A deeply personal experience of discovery, this book will get your mind going, your heart glowing, and fill you with you wings of inspiration and the whimsy of laughter. As a youth worker, this book is designed to re-fill your bucket so that you approach your work with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility.  If you're interested in purchasing one, you can find them here:

Tax filing season for 2016 returns will kick off on January 23 with an April 18 filing deadline. The Indiana Association of United Ways encourages you to help the people you know and work with file their taxes for free. If a single or married couple has income less than $64,000 then they may be able to file for free through More than 70% of Hoosiers qualify to use this free, safe and secure online service. For taxpayers with income above $64,000, they may still file through MyFreeTaxes for a fee competitive with other online tax preparation software. Find more info at

Matific takes a unique approach to teaching K to 6 math using hands-on and interactive mini-games, called episodes. These immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers are based on a modular and progressive spiral learning system.  We're excited to be part of the Innovation Alley at the 2017 Indiana Summit.  For a free 30-day Matific trial, click here and register:  To schedule a free webinar to learn how Matific can be customized to serve your program, click here to request a webinar demo:

Dekko Foundation Child Development Resources
Resources about how children grow and learn.  The Dekko Foundation encourages grantseekers, parents and anyone who interacts with children and young people to read and use these timeless resources. 

2016 Indiana Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator
The Self-Sufficiency Standard measures how much income is needed for a family of a certain composition in a given place to adequately meet their basic needs - without public or private assistance. The Standard makes it possible to determine if families' incomes are enough to meet basic needs.

Belt Abouts is a one lesson program (approximately 45 mins) designed to engage youth ages 8 to 12 years in age, in creating healthy safety messages and increase the number of kids riding in the car properly.   The lesson is designed to deliver information via a newsletter, modeled from the Scholastic newsletter, which addresses three points to keep this age group safer by: riding in the back seat, always buckling-up, and using a booster seat if the seat belt doesn't fit the right way.  All materials are provided through the Belt Abouts program, including art supplies to develop the PSAs, and a water bottle for each participant.  For more information click HERE or contact Marsha French, or 317-274-6718. 

The Indiana State Museum is proud to offer free museum admission to groups of 10 or more K-12 students visiting from 21st Century Community Learning Centers during school breaks. ISM can help K-12 students meet Indiana Academic Standards in physical science, earth science, life science and STEM-related standards. Research shows that encounters with original artifacts, performances, and hands-on activities, all available at the Indiana State Museum, reach children who do not respond well to traditional teaching methods. Research further demonstrates that children who visit museums have higher achievement in math, reading and science. Please contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson at for more information, or visit to register for a free field trip.

NCASE Resource Library
New, rich resource to stay informed and support your efforts to increase access and improve program quality. The NCASE Resource Library connects you with tools, profiles, and information on a range of key topics in Out-of-School Time.

McCoy's Youth Activity Directory This new edition of the directory is a listing of over 600 programs and activities for youth of all ages in the Indianapolis metro area. It's available as a printed booklet, a PDF and a free mobile app. 

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 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


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 .

DuPont Pioneer's giving program focuses on preK-12 education, food security and community betterment. Amount: $5000 Contact your local DuPont Pioneer Representative for more information. More info HERE.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. Learn more:

American Honda Foundation Grants  The American Honda Foundation's funding priorities are STEM education, the environment, job training and literacy. Nonprofits, public school districts, private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. Funding deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 each year. The maximum award is $75,000.

Half Price Books
Need books for your classroom or program? Half Price Books will consider requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education. 

Fuel Up to Play 60 
The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials.

Surdna Foundation 
The Surdna Foundation believes that art and culture training programs can help young people achieve their educational and career goals, and catalyze change in their communities. The Thriving Cultures Program therefore supports programs that successfully connect teens to artistically rigorous and culturally relevant programs that equip them with practical and life-enhancing skills. The Surdna Foundation value programs that prepare young, emerging artists to be creative and innovative leaders in their communities. Amount varies. More info HERE

Good Sports  
helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By working closely with teams, coaches, and community leaders across the United States, the organization is able to focus on the respective needs of each individual program and help offset the main factors causing the greatest challenges. Good Sports is accepts applications on a rolling deadline from organizations and schools for equipment, apparel, and footwear for a wide range of sports. 
The NEA Foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education through grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or to groups for collegial study (including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new faculty or staff). To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades Pre-K-12; a public school education support professional; or faculty and staff members at a public institution of higher education. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15.
The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. All organizations funded by The Safeway Foundation must serve the community where we operate stores. Amount: Varies. Deadline: Quarterly.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world. BTF funds programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses. In addition, BTF provides educational support to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective. Rolling deadline. More  HERE.

Grant Opportunities: Voices for Healthy Kids 
Both opportunities have rolling deadlines and the amount varies. More info  HERE.  
Strategic Campaign Funds: (Open RFA grant opportunity) aim to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. The duration of these grants will vary but will generally be 1 year or less. Awards can be made up to $90,000. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign goaled to change public policy in one state, local, or tribal geographic location and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Budgets must include one Campaign Coordinator position and a legal contingency of no less than 5% of the operating budget as well as matching funds on behalf of the applicant.  
Rapid Response grant opportunities: aim to fund short-term, reactive projects expected to be pushing policies for passage in the next three to six months and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. These grants provide strategic and supplemental funding for ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact in the fight against childhood obesity. Rapid Response awards range from $15,000 to $100,000 and project duration is anywhere between two weeks to six months. Funding is for non-lobbying activities only, must include a legal contingency of no less that 5%, and cannot be used for staff salaries.

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.

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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