Newsletter May 2017
VIDEOS! 2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
Your chance to checkout highlights from the 2017 Summit General Sessions! THANKS to WFYI for these recordings AND Thanks again to all of the 2017 presenters, sponsors, partners, volunteers AND PARTICIPANTS!
  • 2017 Summit on Out-of-School Learning Opening Plenary SessionFeaturing a performance by Young Actors Theatre and remarks by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick. 
  • 2017 Summit on Out-of-School Learning Keynote Artwork Highlights
    After speaking on overcoming personal challenges of ADHD, Ben Glenn performed "Speedscaping" - a fast-paced, large-scale landscape created in front of the audience.
  • 2017 Indiana Out-of-School Champion Showcase
    Finalists share best practices and compete for cash prizes and the title of 2017 OST Champion.
  • Highlights: 2017 Summit on Out-of-School Learning
    Featuring: Debbie Zipes and Jamie Johnson of the Indiana Afterschool Network, Young Actors Theatre and the 2017 Indiana Out-of-School Champion Showcase. 

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The Latest on the 2017 and 2018 Federal Budget and 21st Century Community Learning Center Funding
Earlier this month, Congress approved a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill which will fund the government through September 30, 2017. Congress increased 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding by $25 million over the FY2016 level, to $1.19 billion-a win for children, families and the country. The proposed increase means doors to quality local afterschool and summer learning programs will stay open for 1.6 million students and families. Additionally, it will make programs available for 25,000 of the 19.4 million students currently waiting for access.

This fight is far from over. President Trump's FY 2018 budget eliminates 21st CCLC program funding. It's time to double down: here are two simple actions you can take to keep the pressure on.
  • Invite a member of Congress to visit your program over Memorial Day. Site visits are hands-down the most effective way to show your representatives that afterschool works-and with our comprehensive tools, they're easy to plan! More HERE.
  • Give your representatives a ring with this new call tool-you can look up lawmakers' phone numbers and refer to a sample call script in one place, HERE.
We have 5 months until the 2018 budget takes effect. Congress needs to keep hearing that afterschool works every step of the way during deliberations. With all the pressures on Congress to find money to support the president's agenda, we cannot be complacent. We've got this Indiana!

Afterschool Alliance Budget and Advocacy Webinar Recording
Did you miss the Afterschool Alliance's webinar on the current state of 21st Century Funding? You can still catch the recorded session online! Make sure to view this webinar to find out what next steps to expect for future funding possibilities for the 21st Century grant, as well as steps you can take to support these vital programs. Click HERE to watch.

Mark Your Calendar for the National Summer Learning Day!
National Summer Learning Day will be held on July, 13, 2017. Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer. Many of us know, that children can lose up to two months of essential math and reading skills during the summer months but there is plenty families and the community can do to support learning during the summer. 

GET STARTED PLANNING! Kickoff to Summer Learning Day 2017! Webinar on May 17th at 3pm EDT! 

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Afterschool Tippecanoe
Tuesday May 16, 12:00 PM ET
Hanna Community Center 1201 N 18th St, - Lafayette, IN 47904

Evansville Afterschool Coalition
Friday, May 19, 11:00 AM CT
Texas Roadhouse Restaurant 7900 Eagle Crest Blvd. - Evansville, IN 47715 

NWI Afterschool Network
Thursday, May 25, 10:00 AM CT 
Mullen School 100 Manny Court - Michigan City, IN 

Marion County OST Providers Meeting
Wednesday, May 31, noon EST
Marion County Commission on Youth, 1375 W. 16th Street

Columbus Afterschool Coalition 
Tuesday June 6, 8:00 AM ET 
Foundation for Youth 405 Hope Ave, Columbus, IN 47201

Now Accepting Applications: National Afterschool Matters Fellowship
The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Cohort 2 will begin in September. We are looking for our next group of motivated, dedicated out-of-school time professionals who are ready to engage in a process of leadership development where they learn to reflect on, study, improve, and assess their work with a view toward improving its quality and impact. Over the course of two years, NASM Fellows come together for annual expense-paid retreats, participate in monthly virtual meetings, receive yearly stipends, produce published works, and build a national network of peers. To be considered, submit your application by May 31, 2017.  More info HERE.

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 U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out. There are a number of ways that local organizations can be a part of the Summer Meals Program.

The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session.

For more information, check out the Summer Food Service Program website: 
Find Summer Meals sites close to you: 

Serve Indiana is seeking nominations for outstanding people, groups, and initiatives who make great contributions to their local communities and the state through service and volunteerism.

Service and volunteerism are second nature to Hoosiers and to highlight the amazing things done around the state, Serve Indiana is proud to announce the annual Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence. These awards recognize the outstanding volunteer contributions to causes that include health care, neighborhood revitalization, youth and senior activities, the arts, education, justice, housing, nutrition and social services.

If you know someone that should be recognized as a volunteer in one of our eight categories which are Corporate Service, Exemplary Service Learning, Faith-Based Volunteer, Lifetime Achievement, National Service, Volunteer Program, Volunteerism, and Youth Volunteer, please click here to nominate someone today! 

The Finish Line Youth Foundation, the charitable arm of athletic products retailer Finish Line, provides funding to youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged children and those with special needs.

To that end, the foundation administers three grant programs: Programmatic grants, Legacy grants, and Founder's grants.

1) Programmatic Grants: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of community-based athletic programs and to established camps that teach active lifestyle and team-building skills.

2) Legacy Grants: Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to support new facilities improvements and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property.

3) Founder's Grants: Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for emergency needs that may be keeping the organization from providing current services, such as a natural disaster or other unforeseen fiscal circumstance.

More information.

The Home Depot Foundation   offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. The primary goal is to provide grants and volunteer opportunities to support the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications, and/or weatherization of existing homes, community centers, schools and other similar facilities. Deadline December 31. More information.

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.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Drug Administration, to help encourage youth to lead healthier lives.

Through the program, grants of up to $4,000 per year will be awarded to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in the program to jumpstart healthy changes. Examples of projects supported by the program include projects to increase in-school breakfast participation, farm-to-school projects that teach about the benefits of eating fresh dairy and farm-raised foods from your area, cafeteria makeovers, and healthy snack programs.

To be eligible, schools must enroll in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, have a registered program advisor, and participate in the National School Lunch Program.

For complete program guidelines, more project ideas, and application instructions, see the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. Deadline June 14

Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grants program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in support of efforts to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, including those with individualized education plans (IEPs). More info HERE.

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.

Project Learning Tree is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for environmental service-learning projects through its GreenWorks! grants program, which is designed to help students make their schools greener and healthier by, for example, implementing a recycling program, conserving water and energy, improving air quality, or establishing a school garden or outdoor classrooms and integrating these projects into the curriculum.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support environmental projects that demonstrate service-learning, exemplify student voice, and involve at least one community partner. To be eligible, projects must secure at least 50 percent in matching funds (in-kind acceptable).

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 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
STEM Ready America , a collection of articles, highlights how young people are developing STEM knowledge and skills that will prepare them to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow.

Developed by STEM Next, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this compendium provides persuasive evidence and real-world examples to help bring quality STEM learning to children and youth across the nation.

STEM Ready America builds on the award-winning 2013 publication, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, which made the definitive case for afterschool programs and summer learning.

Check out the STEM Ready America website or find a summary of the findings on Afterschool Alliance's website here.
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.

Career education bill includes opportunities for afterschool
On May 4, Reps. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-Pa.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act. The proposed bill emphasizes the importance of employability skills and makes career exploration an allowable use of CTE funding as early as the middle grades (5th grade and beyond). Community-based providers, such as afterschool programs, are explicitly mentioned as eligible entities, which should smooth the way for afterschool programs to be considered school district partners. More HERE.

Roadtrip Indiana: A Home State Adventure Awaits
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is fueling a @RoadtripNation initiative to send Indiana students on a free road trip this fall! Students will get to explore industries like advanced manufacturing and technology, and find out why they're so exciting for Indiana's future. Find out more information about Roadtrip Nation at, and encourage outstanding students to apply here: Applications are due May 22, so don't delay!

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.

WEBINAR - Closing the Gap: Ensuring Opportunity and Success for All Youth
May 18, 2017 1:00-2:30 pm (Eastern)
Closing the achievement gap requires us to focus on more than just raising test scores. Disparities in student achievement are typically a reflection of inequality in opportunities inside and outside of school. Explore the different dimensions of the achievement gap, and learn about the need for a more holistic approach to educating children. Discover the strategies you need to create conditions that promote child development and raise achievement for all students. Register HERE.

Youth Philanthropy Webinar Series
Beginning May 23, 2017 1:00-2:30 PM EDT
Join Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC) and Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) as they host a FREE, 4-part webinar series designed to support next-gen leadership and giving opportunities.

These webinars feature national experts and youth philanthropists highlighting topics of meeting facilitation, diversifying youth programming, successful media strategies for sharing your story, and top resources on youth philanthropy. The series incorporates YPII's 4-pillar model of Serving, Giving, Leading, and Engaging to highlight the progression of youth taking action and engaging others in their communities. Participants will receive real-world examples and resources they can integrate into their programs.

Details and Registration in available at this link.  

WEBINAR - Behavior is a Symptom, NOT the Problem: Getting to the Root!
May 24, 2017 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Eastern)
Behavior is a Symptom demystifies the common behavior problems exhibited in schools by explaining WHY they occur and teaching HOW to change them. Transform academic and behavioral outcomes for youth by learning the precursors that lead to all behavior. The webinar will focus on what leads to at-risk behaviors and why people repeat the same negative behaviors. Learn how relevance and relationships impact behavior. Register HERE.

Parents as Partners: Engaging Families in College and Career Planning and Preparation 
Multiple dates and locations across Indiana in May
Join the Indiana Youth Institute as we host a nationally recognized training. This highly interactive and practical workshop will leave you with new strategies for engaging families in college and career planning. Get help with family engagement--one of the most difficult aspects of youth work for school- and community-based practitioners alike. Research continues to show that when families are engaged in their children's education, students are better prepared for long-term success, postsecondary education and careers. Yet, environments that foster authentic partnerships with families cannot be constructed overnight. Based on more than 16 years of experience working in the field of family and community engagement, including with low-income, immigrant and communities of color, this professional learning opportunity will provide participants with strategies on how to create meaningful partnerships with families that improve youth outcomes. More info HERE.

Volunteer Engagement Roundtable
Friday, June 2 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1510 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
The roundtables focus on providing capacity building assistance to volunteer centers. This includes professional development trainings, networking and collaboration opportunities, and tools to support best and strategic practices to address volunteer management at Volunteer Centers in Indiana. Volunteer Centers act as the local "volunteer hub" where all citizens can go to get informed and connected to meaningful volunteer work that contributes to the solutions of serious community problems. Discussion Topic: Recruiting Skill-Based Volunteers
Presented by Serve Indiana.

Indiana Summit on Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions - June 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Monroe County Convention Center (302 S. College Ave., Bloomington)
This day-long event brings together 500+ business leaders, educators, funders, civic leaders, lawmakers and early childhood experts. This dynamic group will explore the business case for investing in early childhood and learn how to develop, grow and sustain early learning coalitions in their communities. Cost: $25.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tim Bartik, Senior Economist, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, nationally renowned expert, and author of Investing in Kids, will highlight how early childhood education supports workforce and economic development.

Featured Speaker: Erin Ramsey, Senior Manager for Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation, will present on the importance of early brain development for social and emotional skills.

Who: Frontline staff from a diverse set of sector practitioners including education, workforce, community-based, and industry organizations.

What: Attendees will have the opportunity to learn best practices on effective sector partnership development, connect and network with peers, and provide feedback on how a statewide sector strategy could support and expand local and regional work.

When: Both convenings will begin at 8:30 a.m. with networking and a continental breakfast and conclude at 2:15 p.m. Click here for a draft agenda outline. For those that are able, we encourage you to participate in one of the stakeholder focus groups that will take place from 2:30-4:00 p.m. These focus groups are being conducted as part of a multi-phase information gathering process that will inform the development of a statewide Indiana Sectors Strategy to support regional and local work. These focus groups are critical to understanding the many activities and programs taking place across the State.

Northern Indiana Sectors Convening - Monday, June 5, 2017
Century Center, 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46601
8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (Optional focus group: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)

Southern Indiana Sectors Convening - Tuesday, June 13, 2017
WestGate Academy, 13598 E. WestGate Drive, Odon, IN 47562
8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (Optional focus group: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)


Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success
Thursday, June 15 @ 2PM ET / 11AM PT
Demonstrating results goes beyond counting the number of volunteers in your program and the hours of service they provide. Learn how to measure and define success.
Click HERE to register.

Indianapolis Zoo Professional Development for Educators
2017 Conservation Educator Academy June 19-22 * 8:30am to 4:30pm
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:

South Shore eLearning Conference
Tue, Jun 20 & Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Morton Senior High School, Hammond
Presented by the School City of Hammond, partnering with the School Town of Highland & Purdue University Northwest, in participation with the Indiana Department of Education. More info HERE.

Better Together Youth Summits (June 28, July 19, September 22)
Summer is a great time to relax, refresh, and gear up for the next school year. It's also a great time to learn from and collaborate with other youth leaders! Join Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII), a signature program of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, for BETTER TOGETHER-a one-day regional summit to inspire and be inspired! Open to youth and youth-serving adults, the BETTER TOGETHER Regional Summits take place at three locations throughout Indiana: Park Tudor School (Indianapolis), Country Lake Retreat (Southern Indiana), and Peabody Public Library (NE Indiana). Register now for a philanthropic adventure that will leave you with creative, practical, and useful information to begin or continue the transformation of your local community and grow tomorrow's leaders.

Indiana Suicide Prevention Conference
August 4 @ University of Southern Indiana in Evansville with a Pre-conference scheduled for August 3 (A Training for Trainers session on Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (C.A.L.M.) Registration $50. More information coming soon.

2017 Day Of Service: PR For Purpose
AUGUST 12 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Hoosier PRSA Chapter is pleased to provide area non-profit organizations with pro bono public relations counsel through our 2017 Day of Service: PR for Purpose. Our goal is to be an additional resource to our local community in helping nonprofits fill public relations needs or leverage new public relations opportunities. PR for Purpose is a one-day event that will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. - noon ET at Indiana Farm Bureau Assembly Halls in Indianapolis.

Please email Public Service Committee Co-Chair Whitney Moorman at to apply as a nonprofit. This year's application deadline is Friday, July 14. 

Fly in for an Educator Open House at the Indianapolis Zoo!
Aug. 17 * 4pm-6pm * $5
Explore the Zoo, experience the new Bicentennial Pavilion and view a Magnificent Macaw presentation. See how the Zoo can be your classroom by learning about the educational opportunities the Indianapolis Zoo has to offer you and your students. Light snacks and beverages will be available. Register HERE.

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 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. 

21st Century Community Learning Centers 2017 Summer Institute
July 25-27, 2017 Philadelphia, PA

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce that the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2017 Summer Institute Logistics and Information pages are now available for your review.

Please go to for information on how to reserve lodging and to find additional information about this year's Summer Institute.

Save the Date: Beyond School Hours (BSH) XXI
Mark your calendars for BSH XXI on February 21-24, 2018 at Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL!

Stay tuned for future announcements at the conference website: 

MCCOY releases 2017 Youth Activity Directory book, app
The Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc. (MCCOY) recently released its 2017 Youth Activity Directory (YAD), which contains more than 600 listings of summer, afterschool and volunteer programs and events for youth in central Indiana. The app can be downloaded to any Apple or Android smart phone or tablet by searching "MCCOY Youth Activity Directory." If you would like a print copy of the YAD or more info, visit:

Can Your City Stand to Lose Afterschool Funding?
The president's budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion cut to school programs that will impact more than 1.6 million children and their families. There are a number of ways city leaders can strength partnerships and build public will to support afterschool initiatives like the 21st Century Community Learning Center program. Read more HERE.

Matific is a new math resource for grades K-6 that strives to provide versatile immersive math experiences for students.  Available online through mobile applications as well (both Android and IOS), Matific delivers episodes which consist of hands-on interactive games and challenges in specific math topics.  In addition, a variety of worksheets are available along with the episodes to provide additional practice. Please visit to explore for yourself!   For a free 30-day evaluation or product demo, please contact Sean Tiernan at 920-809-9121 or

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has been offering curriculum based programming that aligns with state standards to school groups at our museum for years. We have expanded our offerings-in that now we have the ability to do all of our programming on site and off site. In the last couple of years we have provided after school programming for AYS and YMCA. We realize that in the after school construct-it is a multi grade/age session. We have adjusted our programming to reflect and serve a wide audience.
The following is a link to the education programs that we offer.
We have found "Coming to America", "Settlers and Surveyors", and "A Pledge is a Promise" to be very popular with after school providers.

If you are interested in scheduling a date and time for your school contact me: Roger Hardig-VP of Education. 317-631-2717 or

Registration Now Open for the Indy Parks Summer Food Program

Indy Parks will provide:
· Free breakfast (30 or more) and either lunch or supper for all children 18 and under
· Daily delivery of meals to the program site
· Free training on proper food safety, handling and documenting procedures
· Resource binder of all paperwork to be completed
· A Program Monitor to assist you in having a successful program

The Indiana Department of Education is committed to serving healthy, nutritious meals to as many children as possible this summer through the One More Serve More Challenge. To meet this commitment Indy Parks is encouraging each site to add:
· 1 more meal - Include an additional meal to your already planned meal service
· 1 week - Extend your program by one more week at your current site(s)

Please complete the attached site information sheet for each participating location and return by email, fax or US mail. If meals will be served in a school facility, please provide some type of documentation (letter or email) that you have approval to bring in meals from an outside vendor.

317-327-PARK (327-7275)

Resources on Summer Meals
Stay updated about summer meals through No Kid Hungry's webinars and Center for Best Practices newsletter.

Social and Emotional Learning
See why interest in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) continues to grow across the country in this new guide released by The Wallace Foundation.

Written by Stephanie Jones, an associate professor in human development and urban education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a team of Harvard researchers, this report has a unique focus on out-of-school-time (OST) programs.

This in-depth guide to 25 evidence-based programs, aimed at elementary schools and OST providers, offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs.

The first of its kind, the guide allows practitioners to compare curricula and methods across top SEL programs and explains how programs can be adapted from schools to out-of-school-time settings, such as afterschool and summer programs.

Download the report HERE.

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:

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. 

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.

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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