Newsletter November 2016

The Center for American Progress (CAP) report "Workin' 9 to 5: How School Schedules Make Life Harder for Working Parents"
The misalignment between parents' working hours and kids' school hours is widely recognized by the afterschool community and working parents everywhere. Years of public polling have highlighted that this issue is top-of-mind with parents and voters. That's why advocates often point to afterschool's role in helping working families when they make the case for afterschool and summer learning programs. A new report from the Center for American Progress examines the gap between kids' school hours and parents' work schedules. Learn about their 5 key recommendations to address this critical issue. Read more HERE. 

Your voice matters! Make Afterschool a Priority in Indiana's Every Student Succeeds Plan (ESSA).
The Indiana Department of Education is putting the state plan together and welcomes your input. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. It reauthorizes the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was previously reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Indiana Department of Education is currently in the process of determining how the requirements of ESSA will translate into state education practice: which state practices will evolve as a result of ESSA, and which will remain the same. Submit public comments via the Feedback button at the website 
For talking points on how afterschool can be made a priority in ESSA, visit 

Indiana Afterschool Network Sponsorship Makes Virtual Convention FREE to Afterschool Professionals in INDIANA -November 6 - 20th
Experience the top-rated workshops from the NAA Annual Convention in a convenient, online format.   As the Indiana Affiliate of the National Afterschool Association, IAN is proud to partner in offering Hoosiers this quality Professional Development on YOUR time. Scroll down to Conferences and Trainings (NATIONAL) for more info!

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

NWI (Now We're Involved) Coalition of Northwest Indiana, November 16 - 10:00 AM CT, Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, 2300 173rd Street, Hammond, IN 46323

Evansville Afterschool Committee, Friday, November 18, 11:00 AM CT
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana 222 NW 6th Street, Evansville IN

Afterschool Tippecanoe, Tuesday, November 22, Noon EST, The Child Care Resource Network, 817 Woodmere Drive, Lafayette, IN 47905

Bloomington Afterschool Coalition, Friday, December 9, 10am-11:30am, at the Monroe County Public Library's teen space/The Ground Floor

Bloomington Network with Monroe County Childhood Conditions (MC3) Summit
December 15, 8:45 am to 3:00 PM
Monroe County Convention Center
302 South College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47403

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.

Lilly Endowment's Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students
The aim of the Counseling Initiative is to increase significantly the number of K-12 students in Indiana who are emotionally healthy, realize academic success, graduate from high school, obtain valuable postsecondary credentials necessary for meaningful employment, and are prepared to compete and prosper in the global society in which they will live and work.

All Indiana public school corporations and charter schools are eligible to participate in the Counseling Initiative.

Planning grant proposals must be sent to the Endowment by regular or express mail postmarked no later than Dec. 15, 2016.

Planning grant funds are to be used to determine whether to submit an implementation grant proposal and, if so, for the preparation of such proposal. The planning grant amounts will be based on the enrollment size of each school corporation or charter school as follows: school corporations with student enrollments of 5,000 or more may request up to $50,000; school corporations with student enrollments of less than 5,000 may request up to $30,000; and charter schools may request up to $30,000. The number of enrolled students will be the number enrolled as of Feb. 1, 2016.The Endowment expects to notify applicants about planning grant approvals by Jan. 20, 2017.

Implementation grant proposals must be sent to the Endowment by regular or express mail postmarked no later than May 19, 2017.

Public school corporations and charter schools with enrollments of more than 1,000 students may request up to $100 per student enrolled. Applicants with enrollments of 1,000 or fewer may request up to $100,000, even though the amount exceeds $100 per student. Implementation grants may be used during a grant period beginning Oct. 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021. The number of enrolled students will be the number enrolled as of Feb. 1, 2016. The Endowment expects to notify applicants about implementation grant approvals by Sept. 30, 2017.

+ Get more information and find out how you can partner with Indiana Youth Institute to help your school. IYI's role is to help schools plan, implement, evaluate and sustain innovative school counseling approaches that help students with academic, social and emotional, and college and career challenges:

Giving Sum is now accepting applications for its 2017 grant
Each year, Giving Sum awards one major grant to a not-for-profit organization serving central Indiana. For the 2016 grant award, applications are due by 5:00PM, Friday, December 9, 2016. Eligible not-for-profit organizations may submit one application to request a grant of $20,000 (money), volunteer hours (time), and advocacy efforts (voice) from Giving Sum to support general operations or special projects. The application and more information is available here.

$10,000 Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award
Kids must gain vital literacy skills to succeed in school, career and beyond. The Afterschool Alliance is partnering with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to welcome nominations. This year's award focuses on English language learners and the ways afterschool programs ensure these students have the reading and writing abilities they need to thrive. Nominations are due by Dec. 16, 2016. 
Watch Afterschool Alliance Webinar: What Reviewers Want: Insights on the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award  

Matching Grant Opportunity Available for Literacy Programming
Reading Is Fundamental is a non-profit focused on children's literacy. RIF believes that by providing children in need with access to books of their choosing, youth are empowered to embrace the world of reading and to develop a love of learning. RIF recently released a new matching grant opportunity to help enable schools and community organizations to implement their Reading for Success program during the 2016-2017 school year. Click HERE to read more about this opportunity for up to $10,000 in matching funds.

The Indy Eleven Foundation grants are available to Indiana organizations, schools and communities across Indiana. Organizations that provide soccer-related sports or recreational opportunities to the youth within their communities are eligible for these grants. The purpose of Indy Eleven Foundation is to make the game of soccer a possibility for youth across Indiana who may not have otherwise been given the chance due to lack of resources. Approved applicants will have the opportunity to receive a grant up to $10,000 to support their efforts.

Indiana Sports Corp Susan Williams CHAMPS Grants support organizations that provide underserved youth with the opportunity to participate in sports and fitness activities and teach life skills. Since the inception of the CHAMPS (Champions in Life) Grant program in 1988, nearly $2.1 million have been allocated to 233 youth organizations to support their sports programming and initiatives. Due January 15th. Grants range up to $7,500. More info HERE.

Mental Health America of Indiana - seeking proposals reflecting children's mental health projects for anyage from birth to transition age youth. Purpose of funding is to promote the month of May as Children'sMental Health Month and encourage communities to plan an activity during the spring months of 2017. Funding range from $1,000 to $3,000 and are due December 20. Click Here to download the application.  
Mini-Grants up to $2,500 available for Martin Luther King Day or Alternative Day
Serve Indiana is excited to recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
Serve Indiana encourages Day of Service projects that: (1) demonstrate community connections and use of local resources, (2) build capacity of local volunteer centers and national service programs through regional networking and co-planning of activities, and (3) increase national service participant and volunteer understanding and commitment to national service and volunteerism.
Application Deadline: Monday, November 21, 20106 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)

The Puffin Foundation West seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and voices often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. To achieve that goal, the organization offers grants for arts projects that discuss a wide range of social and civil justice issues.

The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement/opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty. The Foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration between researchers and educators via the funding of program development and program evaluations in education. Currently, the Foundation is particularly focused on the development and evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective and sustainable. 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. 

AAUW Community Action Grants provide funds for innovative programs or non-degree research projects (up to $10,000) that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. Deadline: January 15, 2017. Learn more HERE.

The Air Force Association awards grants of up to $250 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. The Educator Grant program promotes aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. Deadline: November 18, 2016. Learn more HERE.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Deadline: November 28, 2016. Learn more HERE.

Captain Planet Foundation support high-quality educational programs that engage children and youth in active hands-on projects that improve the environment in their schools and communities. Grant amount: $500 - $2,500. Preferential consideration for requests with at least 50% matching or in-kind funding. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Learn more HERE.

DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award provides awardees a $2500 grant for their classroom/program, up to $1000 paid travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont Pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility. Application deadline: December 15, 2016. Learn more HERE.

Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed the prevention of childhood obesity and provides funding to optimize the impact of community organizations that promote running and healthy lifestyle programs for youth. Grants awarded up to $10,000. Deadline: December 15, 2016. Learn more HERE.


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


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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment.
For more information:
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell

The next Statewide STEM Coalition meeting, combining the STEM Action Coalition and the Afterschool STEM Task Forces, will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. The location will be the Lilly Corporate Center in Indianapolis.  Our keynote speaker will be Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann.
Indiana STEM Education Conference
Purdue University January 12, 2017
Astronaut Col. Buzz Aldrin will be a special guest speaker. The Purdue University College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are proud sponsors of the conference. Indiana has increased momentum in K-12 STEM education over the past few years and this event is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experiences that have been generated to continue moving Indiana forward. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for dissemination of best practice in K-12 STEM teaching and learning in Indiana. There will be three strands that organize the conference: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research, and STEM resources.
STEM and ESSA: Resources to Advocate for Opportunities to Advance Afterschool and Informal STEM Education
The STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum and the Afterschool Alliance have collaborated to develop THIS TOOLKIT of materials that include:
- A list of the legislative opportunities in ESSA for afterschool STEM
- Talking points
- Sample letters
- Factsheets about STEM in Indiana
These resources case help you make the case at the state and local level for STEM education and how to integrate afterschool and informal learning strategies into overall plans to improve STEM learning.
Getting started with the Next Generation Science Standards A primer and resource guide for afterschool educators
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offer a powerful new vision for American science education for the 21st century. NGSS has already been adopted by 17 states, as well as many more individual schools and districts. This resource will help you learn what's relevant for afterschool providers, and help you develop a strategy for engaging with the new standards. More info HERE.

Interested in Project-Based Learning training?
Magnify Learning will offer three 4-day open enrollment sessions on Project Based Learning professional development for K-16 educators. Get four days of Project-Based Learning training for only $350/person. All three regional Magnify Learning PBL workshops will be held June 19-22 in three Indiana locations: Columbus, Indianapolis, and Plymouth.

Registration Now Open for National STEM Competition!
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently announced that registration is open for the fifth annual GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge, a competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students using aviation.

High schools or afterschool programs that register for the Aviation Design Challenge will receive FREE Fly to Learn curriculum and software powered by X-Plane to learn aerodynamic and aviation principles. Using that knowledge, teams will then compete in a virtual fly-off. Judges from GAMA will select the winning team based on a score from the virtual fly-off and other factors. The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid for four students, a teacher, and a chaperone to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand next summer. For more information and to register, visit the website here.

World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest
This year's challenge:
Students will create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Climate Change, Ocean Health, Rapid Urbanization.
The contest is open to all high school and middle school students (6th -12th grade) worldwide and the deadline for submissions is February 23, 2017. More info 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.

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is now available to students who commit to teaching in Indiana
Beginning Nov. 1, both incoming and current college students studying education can apply for the scholarship, which awards $7,500 per year toward college costs to those who commit to teaching in Indiana's public or private schools for five years after graduating. 

FAFSA Opening Date
The 2017-2018 FAFSA opened on October 1! In addition to giving students an additional three months to file, the 2017-2018 FAFSA requires 2015 tax information only - removing the need for applicants to rush to file their taxes to meet the March 10 FAFSA deadline. Please encourage your seniors to file early! Remember that resources are available on the FAFSA website in their Financial Aid Tool Kit.
Scholar Success Program (SSP)
Beginning with the Class of 2017, Scholars are required to complete the Scholar Success Program (SSP) activities each year in order to maintain scholarship eligibility. Scholars must log in to ScholarTrack to track their progress. Enrolled Scholars must first register for a ScholarTrack account before they are able to access their ScholarTrack portal. To check the progress of Scholars at your school, select the Scholar Data tab on our website to track and monitor progress 

Lessons on Scholar enrollment, ScholarTrack, Scholar Success Program and Senior Affirmations have been updated as part of DOE's Online Professional Development Lessons. To view the lessons visit  The enrollment key for all lessons found under the School Counselor and Social Worker heading is 'counselor'. 

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

New 21st Century Scholar Resource Available! The purpose of the Community Partner Training Manual is to provide schools, youth serving organizations, colleges and volunteers with tools, guidance and information to best support 21st Century Scholars. Click here for additional Scholar resources available on our website.

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

The Commission for Higher Education's Outreach Staff are looking to connect with community leaders, volunteers, community-based organizations, college partners and school leaders to trainings and support on enrolling students into the 21st Century Scholars Program, guiding Scholars in the Scholar Success Program requirements and utilizing Learn More Indiana's resources around college planning and career success. To learn more about training and partnership opportunities within your community, please contact your Regional Outreach Coordinator.
Indiana Youth Institute's Trip to College Alerts program provides students, parents and youth-serving professionals with the most up-to-date information about preparing for college. Subscribers to this FREE service receive three to four texts per month with reminders about deadlines for tests, applications and financial aid, tips to prepare for college and encouragement to stay on track with postsecondary goals. To sign up, text grad + the student's graduation year (ie: "grad2015") to 69979.
Professional Development Grants from IYI
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Submit an application by the tenth of the month to receive a decision by the first of the following month. More HERE.

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

2016 Student Advocates Conference
Thursday, December 1 - Friday, December 2, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott East
The 2nd Annual Student Advocates Conference serves as an opportunity for Indiana college advisors, mentors, student leaders and other advocates to discover innovative practices, share success stories, and learn about state policies and initiatives impacting college completion and student success. The 2016 Indiana Student Advocates Conference is generously sponsored by USA Funds. 
Conference Registration information HERE.
For questions, contact

American Camp Association Indiana Winter Gathering - December 7
ACA's new President/CEO, Tom Rosenberg and Tracey Gaslin, Director of the Association of Camp Nurses are the featured speakers at this one-day event that will allow you to learn, grow, network, and explore topics that are applicable to everyone in the camp and youth development communities. The Indiana Winter Gathering features a keynote, as well as breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, a tour of Jameson Camp, and more.

Chaucie's Place Stewards of Children Training- December 15, 2016 5:30 PM Carmel
Join the movement to help prevent child sexual abuse TODAY! Chaucie's Place is offering Stewards of Children®, a child sexual abuse prevention program for parents and any adult who works with or cares about children.
You will learn how to prevent, recognize, and react appropriately to child sexual abuse. It is the only national, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.

Indiana STEM Education Conference
Purdue University January 12, 2017
Astronaut Col. Buzz Aldrin will be a special guest speaker. The Purdue University College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are proud sponsors of the conference. Indiana has increased momentum in K-12 STEM education over the past few years and this event is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experiences that have been generated to continue moving Indiana forward. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for dissemination of best practice in K-12 STEM teaching and learning in Indiana. There will be three strands that organize the conference: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research, and STEM resources. 

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:


Indiana Afterschool Network Sponsorship Makes Virtual Convention FREE to Afterschool Professionals in INDIANA!
National Afterschool Association's VIRTUAL CONVENTION 2016- November 6 - 20th, 2016

Experience the top-rated workshops from the NAA Annual Convention in a convenient, online format.

As the Indiana Affiliate of the National Afterschool Association, IAN is proud to partner in offering Hoosiers this quality Professional Development on YOUR time.

Virtual Convention is designed to be:
  • Convenient. Listen to sessions whenever and wherever-even on mobile devices!
  • Comprehensive. Get relevant, apply-today information and techniques for your program.
  • Concise. Recorded workshops easily fit in your schedule! Don't worry-you'll still get the interactivity that you've come to expect from our great workshops-we've just had to be even more creative!
  • Effortless. Log on, listen, think, reflect, and participate in the discussions and live events.
Interested in the Workshops you'll get to experience?  Click HERE.

  • This FREE access is available to INDIANA out-of-school time professionals who are also current NAA Ambassador or Executive level members of the National Afterschool Association (NAA).
  • Not yet an NAA member? Ambassador level is FREE! Click here.
  • Current Executive members can click here to log-in to your membership and follow the link to register.
  • Not sure if your membership is current? Click here (use forgot login function if necessary)
  • To request your PROMO CODE and reserve your spot for Virtual Convention, email Sara Beanblossom at
  • NOTE: NAA will not be able to provide refunds for Indiana members who pay and later request the complimentary access code.

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

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

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

National Afterschool Association's Code of Ethics for Afterschool Professionals
Outlines personal and professional excellence, and encourages the professional development of those working in the afterschool field. It is intended to define the principles and practices that guide ethical decision-making strategies of afterschool professionals to ensure safe, nurturing environments and positive relationships for children and youth.

The Indiana Child and Youth Care Certification Qualifying Exam
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 7 - 10 PM
Indiana has just joined a national certification for child and youth workers administered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board. Find out more about the certification here: 
This certification will soon become the highest standard for quality as person develops their career as a youth development professional (Youth Worker).
In order to obtain the certification you must pass the qualifying exam. The qualifying exam will be proctored in Indianapolis this month by Pam Clark. Questions can be directed to Pam at or (812) 371-7455.  Register at THIS LINK.

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

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


FREE Nature Based Afterschool Program
Camptown's Wilderness Adventure Club program is designed to equip youth with the life skills needed to thrive in today's culture and get them outdoors and enjoying nature. Through our afterschool club, your students will learn to work together as a team, deal with conflict, appreciate and respect the environment, and try new outdoor activities. There is no cost for the Camptown Wilderness Adventure Club to parents or the school. If you have any questions feel free to contact Camptown at 317-471-8277 or For more information about Camptown, please visit

The National Afterschool Association (NAA) is launching a new service called the Afterschool Expert Hub This service will help afterschool programs connect quickly and reliably with vetted trainers and content experts for projects and training programs. 

Jump IN for Healthy Kids Resource: Healthy students are better students, and good nutrition is one of the keys to their health. Here's a great resource identifying three ways your school can help "feed" your students' learning potential. More HERE.

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.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Read for Success Program, an evidence-based summer learning intervention that helps students improve reading proficiency and combat summer learning loss among early grade school students. Tested for two years among 33,000 students, RIF's model helped reverse the trend of summer learning loss for more than half of the students in the study. In addition, 57% of students who participated in the study saw gains in reading proficiency. With a focus on putting new, high-quality STEAM-focused books into the hands of kids as well as their classrooms, and providing high-quality professional development and literacy resources for educators, the Read for Success model is a proven intervention to address reading loss over the summer months. 

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

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:    

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.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Freetown Village has an opening for an Education Specialist,part-time. Interested applicants can contact Ophelia Wellington for the full job description or questions at

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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.

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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