Newsletter March 2016
REGISTER 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)

URGENT- SUMMIT HOTEL Booking deadline is T HIS Wednesday, March 23
Time is running out to make sure you have a GREAT place to sleep before & during the Summit. Our last hotel block at the Fairfield Inn ($135/night) will close Wednesday, March 23.   See the Summit website for more info and book TODAY!

BE A SUMMIT VOLUNTEER!  Click HERE to check out all of the options and sign up!

Learn More at the 2016 Summit Website!

Indiana Voter Registration Deadline is April 4th
Remember to register to vote or update your registration by April 4 to be eligible to vote in the primary this year. Click here for more info:  
Learn about how you can help parents and staff register through this Voter Registration Toolkit.

NEW America After 3PM report, The Growing Importance of Afterschool Programs in Rural Communities
This NEW report from the Afterschool Alliance examines the current state of afterschool in rural areas. Findings from America After 3PM illustrate that afterschool programs are an important component in the ecosystem of learning, helping to ensure that children in rural communities are afforded the opportunities all children deserve: to succeed in school, work and beyond. Visit the America After 3PM interactive dashboard to explore updated findings from the special report on rural communities and the full report, 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:

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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.

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). $15,000 and $40,000. Deadline: April 1.

The North Face Explore Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the country that connect people to the outdoors and support outdoor exploration. The Fund supports efforts to provide participants experiences that nurture an enduring appreciation of the outdoors; use outdoor exploration as the catalyst for positive personal or societal change, such as increasing personal resilience and improving opportunities for life success and future engagement in conservation activities; and encourage participants to try new outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, yoga, running, and mountain biking. Deadline: April 5th Amount: between $5,000 and $25,000 More HERE.

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.
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.

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.


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
Student Laptop Scholarships Available (All entries must be postmarked by March 31st) Bright House Networks Futures Leaders is a technology scholarship program designed to recognize high school seniors in good standing in the Bright House Networks service area for their contributions to their schools and local communities. Bright House Future Leaders will be named based on community service activities, leadership skills and an essay describing the importance of leadership and community service. Bright House Future Leaders winners will be awarded a computer laptop, software and carrying case. For the application and information on qualifications click HERE.

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

Earth Charter Indiana Night- Tuesday March 29
Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Special presentation at 6pm; Tip-off at 7pm
As part of NBA "Going Green Week," join Earth Charter Indiana and the Indiana Pacers to see how local youth are making strides to help make a greener Indiana. Along with this special opportunity, your ticket to this event will also include a discounted ticket to see the Indiana Pacers take on the Chicago Bulls.
For information on this event, contact: Earth Charter Indiana, Jim Poyser Or order tickets on-line at:  Password: earth Indiana 

First Robotics State Championship
Friday, April 15 - 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 16 - 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Kokomo Memorial Gymnasium, 200 N. Apperson Way, Kokomo, IN
At more than 125 events around the world this season, Alliances of three robots are on a Quest to breach their opponents' fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture their tower. Watch Indiana high school robotics teams on their quest to conquer the 2016 FRC Challenge: FIRST Stronghold. Contact: Cost: Free and open to the public! 

The STEM Connection - Open House Thursday, April 28 - 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Moore Road Farm, 8407 Moore Road, Indianapolis The STEM Connection is a non-profit organization aimed at facilitating outdoor and hands-on science, technology, engineering and math experiences at Moore Road Farm and other educational sites. The STEM Connection 30 acre outdoor learning site at Moore Road Farm is located conveniently on the northwest side of Indianapolis in the Traders Point Rural Historic District. The ecosystems of the farm include deciduous forest, Eagle Creek, fields of crops and a garden open for exploration and learning. Programming is connected with ongoing conservation projects that honor the land and waterways of Indiana. Currently, over 100 children and adults participate monthly in The STEM Connection programming which include field trips, after school clubs, summer camps and traveling STEM experiences. For more information, visit

1st MakerSpace Summer Programs - discounts 
When registering for 1st MakerSpace 3D Design and Printing summer camp programs at  - put in the IAN25 code to receive a $25 discount.

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.   

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.

REGISTER 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.  

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! 

URGENT- SUMMIT HOTEL Booking deadline is 
THIS Wednesday, March 23
Time is running out to make sure you have a GREAT place to sleep before & during the Summit. Our last hotel block at the Fairfield Inn ($135/night) will close Wednesday, March 23.
See the Summit website for more info and book TODAY!
Registration: $80 
(Includes breakfasts, snacks, Monday lunch & Monday Evening Reception) 

2016 SUMMIT MOBILE APP --- NEW for 2016! 
Already registered for the Summit? 
Or just interested in the first peek at all of the breakouts? 
Explore the Summit breakouts, create a personalized schedule, access maps, post to social networking feeds, participate in feedback surveys, message other attendees directly and MORE! 

To download the app on your MOBILE DEVICE: 
1. Download the app by searching stores for "CrowdCompass Directory" 
2. Find "Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning" 
3. Already registered for the Summit? Then you can login for more features!

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

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.

IYI Regional Trainings - Several locations across the state
April 13-21
Fundraising from Individuals: The Relationship Factor
Trauma: Healing the Wounds of our Youth Developmental
Relationships: Creating Connections That Help Kids Thrive
The Board is Not Your Enemy: A Board Partnership to Raising Revenue
More info and full schedule HERE.

Building blocks for starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on April 30 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Central Library (40 E. St. Clair St.), Indianapolis
This workshop walks you through the steps to defining your mission, obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and building an effective board. Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. Please bring a sack lunch; during lunch there will be small group work and one-on-one Q&A with the presenter. This workshop is designed for those seeking to establish a nonprofit organization. Free. To register, click here.

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.

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:


Webinar - March 29 - Developing 21st Century Minds After School - For Better Achievement in School 2:30 PM CDT
Research over the last few years suggests that afterschool or out-of-school programs can have an impact on students' academic achievement. But what are the best tools and approaches? What can be done to help students be better prepared for in-school learning? How can afterschool programs help develop critical thinking skills? What tools are available that can drive better academic results without teaching to the test? You are invited to a webinar that will explore practical and effective approaches that give students experiences that are different from what happens during the school day and that can measurably improve everything they must do during the school day.
The agenda for this event:
* Helping students learn to learn. Developing the cognitive skills essential for learning in an easy-to-implement program that's fun, effective and supported by peer-reviewed published research and studies in n afterschool settings.
* Developing critical thinking skills. Helping students become aware of their mental models and practice various modes of reasoning.
* Exploring the implications of technology, including the use and impact of social media tools.
Learn more and register HERE.

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.

The Children of Indiana Nature Park, A Celebration of the Hoosier Bicentennial,  Coming Summer 2016!
Did you know that kids need nature? They do! Research shows that children who spend time outside are more creative and are better problem solvers. They're healthier, more physically fit, more confident, better test takers, and less stressed!  The Nature Conservancy is inviting schools, libraries and youth-serving organizations to help connect youth to nature by hosting events and activities that focus on nature in Indiana.  The Conservancy is developing a web platform (available June 18, 2016) that will enable libraries, schools, and youth-serving organizations to provide participating K-12 students with honorary deeds to the Children of Indiana Nature Park.  Every K-12 student in Indiana will be eligible to participate in the Indiana Bicentennial by claiming their honorary deed! More information about the project will be provided in upcoming newsletters, as the June 2016 park opening draws nearer.   In the meantime, contact Melissa Moran at or visit for more information about the project.

Connect2Help211 March 2016 Community Report 
 Substance abuse and addiction take a tremendous toll on our community and their consequences are pervasive and interconnected throughout the social, medical, and judicial service system. Drug use is a major factor in crime and delinquency and, in some of our communities, drug use is the major vector for the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Connect2Help211 offers confidential access to resources for Hoosiers seeking treatment for addiction. Click on this link to see the latest data from the 2-1-1 Center. More HERE.

Responsible Publishing has developed a series of journal-based workbooks designed to encourage responsible decision-making. Education administrators, program directors, and volunteers have used the workbooks in a variety of different youth programs. We strive to start a conversation or create an icebreaker which will lead to communication and reflection. Our workbooks allow the user to reflect on various aspects of responsibility in a benign, non-intimidating, environment. By doing this, the user will be making responsible choices. With enough practice, this will become habit. Over time habit will become ingrained and will shape real life decision making.

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 

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! 
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 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

JOB OPPORTUNITY: TechPoint Foundation
TechPoint Foundation for Youth is hiring a Fund Manager for a 2-year program grant to put robotics in every elementary school in the state. This position will require a detail-oriented, highly organized individual with 2-3 years work experience in a similar or related field. Salary range is between $35K-$45K, along with excellent benefits and an excellent work environment. This job would require some statewide travel and occasional weekends during the competition season. Click here to see the job description.

Nextech, a nonprofit organization with the mission of connecting educators, innovative nonprofits, and entrepreneurs to deliver best in class programs that inspire and enable young people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in technology, is looking for a program manager. To find out more about this position, click HERE.
To find out more about Nextech, visit  

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Early Learning Indiana is Expanding
Indianapolis, IN Through a grant from the United Way of Central Indiana Early Learning Indiana is honored to be working towards expanded statewide funding for pre-K in Indiana.
- Developing a pre-K expansion plan working with partners all across the state
- Managing a field staff of five organizers
- Making aligned investments via our Lilly Endowment Grant.
ELI is currently recruiting five field staff and a lead organizer (Salary aprox. 35-45K with benefits).
More 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 .

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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