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Indiana's STEM Six-Year Strategic Plan Launches
Afterschool On November 9th, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) launched their STEM Six-Year Strategic Plan "An Integrated K-12 STEM Approach for Indiana". 

"Moving forward, IDOE will continue its focus on ensuring all Indiana students graduate with critical thinking skills and are prepared for an innovation-driven economy by creating more opportunities for students to access quality, world class STEM education. Outlined in the STEM Strategic Plan, IDOE will carry out its plan by placing an emphasis along three objectives: Improve STEM Instruction, Implement Evidence-based STEM Curriculum in Classrooms, and Foster Early STEM Career Exposure."
Read the full plan HERE.

Congratulations to Desiree Frederick, Unit Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, on her role as 2018-2019 Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador!
Selected from some of most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children. The Alliance selects 12 to 20 Ambassadors from around the country each year, and then provides training, technical support, and modest funding for their Ambassadorial activities throughout the school year. Those activities include: coordinating a major Lights On Afterschool community event; working in concert with other local providers, advocates and business and community leaders to promote afterschool; reaching out to policy makers and the media on afterschool issues; and more.

BLOG FROM THE AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE: Midterm election 2018: First look at what the results mean for afterschool
While afterschool and summer learning programs are largely funded by parent fees, the public funding at the local, state, and federal level is critical. Therefore, the 2018 election will have an impact on existing programs and the prospect of additional support for programs. Afterschool was an issue in many campaigns, including the Attorney General race in Illinois; the Governor's race in Wisconsin, California, and Tennessee; and the Senate race in Pennsylvania.

Read more + access key post-election follow up resources like: Sample follow-up letter to newly elected officials, Afterschool Action Center, Afterschool Election Kit at THIS LINK.

Is YOUR Program in the IAN Mapping Database?
Join IAN, Indiana's network of out-of-school time providers. Help families, communities and schools find your program! It's easy to let others know about you. This online searchable database enables families and community members to find information about youth programs in their communities. The database is managed through a partnership between Indiana Afterschool Network and Early Learning Indiana's Partnerships for Early Learners.  

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday December 14, 10:00 AM ET
(Tentative) Hoosier Heights
1008 South Rogers Street,
Bloomington IN 47403
(contact to confirm location)

Evansville Afterschool Committee
Friday December 21, 11:30 AM CST
Turoni's on Main
408 N Main Street
Evansville IN

Afterschool Tippecanoe
Wednesday January 9, 2019 - Noon ET
United Way of Greater Lafayette
1114 East State Street
Lafayette IN 47905

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years.
Deadline: November 30th
More info:

2019 Summer Learning Awards
NSLA will announce winners during National Summer Learning Day celebrations in July 2019. More information and profiles of past winners are available on the Summer Learning Awards event page of NSLA's website.
Winning programs receive: a monetary award of $10,000, generously provided by the New York Life Foundation and Lands' End; visibility during National Summer Learning Day and at the Summer Changes Everything national conference; and national and local media outreach, along with special spotlights in NSLA's Summer Times e-newsletter.

First Annual Lands' End Love Learning Award: The winning program will receive a $10,000 award and national recognition.
Deadline: November 30
Through the Love Learning campaign, Lands' End is leveraging National Summer Learning Association's vast network of experiential summer programs to shine a spotlight specifically on quality programs that bring learning to life in informal learning spaces and support families in meaningful ways. Particular emphasis will be given to summer programs that focus on environmental stewardship, STEM / STEAM (science, technology, engineering, math, arts).
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering funds to community-based organizations for innovative programs or research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Grant projects must have direct public impact and be nonpartisan, with special consideration for projects that focus on K-12 and community college skill development in science, technology, engineering, and math. The AAUW provides one-year and two-year grant opportunities. Previous grants have gone to a program that fosters environmental awareness and leadership for girls of color, a summer camp that empowers refugee girls, and a program that teaches young and incarcerated women to write, edit, and create blogs. Amount $5,000 - $10,000  Deadline December 1, 2018. More info HERE.

Nora Roberts Foundation Literacy Grants
With a mission to support literacy, children, and the arts, The Nora Roberts Foundation offers grants to non-profit organizations that empower individuals through literacy and learning. Grant amounts average $5,000. Previous awards have gone to children's hospitals, programs that tutor English language learners, after-school programs, and more. Deadline to Apply: December 1. Learn more HERE.

The Brady Education Foundation wants to close the achievement gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty. It funds two types of projects: evaluations of existing model programs and program development. The foundation has a preference for projects that bring researchers and service providers together to prove and improve the effectiveness of education environments; projects for which operational funding for the program is already secured; projects that evaluate programs that show promise of being affordable, accessible, and sustainable; projects that evaluate effects on measurable child outcomes; or projects that employ randomized control designs or comparison group designs. Amount $1,000 - $5,000 Deadline December 1, 2018. More info HERE.

RESIST Grants for Youth Activism and Social Change
RESIST, a foundation dedicating to facilitating social change and justice offers grants to organizations that have programs promoting social, economic, and environmental change. RESIST funds General Support, Multi-year, Accessibility, and Rapid Response grants. Each type of grant has different requirements, and they range from $1000 to $4000 of funding. General Support Grants are awarded to organizations that have programs that attempt to achieve justice through grassroots efforts. Recipients of General Support Grants are only eligible for funding once a year but can receive funds an infinite amount of years in a row. If an organization receives full funding twice within five years, they are eligible to apply for a Multi-year Grant. Deadline to Apply: December 7. Learn more HERE.

Save-A-Lot food stores supports organizations whose primary mission addresses the following focus areas:
- Health, wellness, and nutrition education, especially organizations promoting nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet.
- Environmental stewardship: Programs that promote environmental stewardship, especially related to using energy more efficiently and reducing waste.
- Hunger relief: Comprehensive hunger relief organizations and non-profit food distribution centers. The majority of funding is allocated to area food banks in conjunction with store openings.
Deadline - Ongoing. Learn more HERE.

Applications are now open for the 2019 @IndyLISC Love Thy Neighborhood Awards, recognizing community game changers in the Indy region - Celebrating the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay. Awards will be given highlighting a person, a project, an initiative, or an organization that has transformed a neighborhood, positively impacting the Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education of their community. Deadline: January 18, 2019 Learn more and apply at  

Check out Indiana Youth Institute's online grant search for more funding opportunities. 

+ Find more potential funding sources, visit the Afterschool Alliance Funding Database! 


I ndiana OST Academy NEWFLASH: We've now optimized our curriculum by breaking the content into easily-digestible topics perfect for always-on-the-go staff, like you. 

36 courses are now 54 shorter courses. Our new mobile-first delivery platform means courses work beautifully on every desktop, laptop, and handheld device, which means you can learn wherever and whenever it's convenient for you!

++ If you are interested in seeing which courses are aligned/to which CYC competency, click on "Contact Us" at the link below!

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
Indiana STEM Education Taskforce Fall 2018 Meeting
November 29, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, IUPUI Library, 755 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis. The focus of the meeting will be on how to advocate for the passage of the Indiana STEM Six-Year Strategic Plan, and, after it is approved by the state legislature, how to support its successful implementation.  There are only a few seats still available; if you haven't already done so, register at Indiana STEM Taskforce Fall 2018

Applications for the 2019 Innovate WithIN pitch competition, a statewide initiative designed to nurture the next generation of innovators, are now open to high school students across Indiana. Student teams are invited to submit video pitches online before Feb. 6.
NEW this year: Middle school students interested in entrepreneurship are invited to register for workshops offered at the regional competitions in early 2019.
The competition is hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Education and Ball State University. 

SURVEY: The University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Center for Science Education is interested in knowing what type of science programs the organization you work for might be providing and what additional resources your organization would like to access.

This survey should take 15 minutes. The survey deadline has been extended to December 1, 2018. Click on the link below to begin the survey. 

Your responses to this survey are anonymous and we will not record any personally identifying information about you. We will report aggregate findings to NASA, and will use the results to improve other programs. There are no benefits or risks to your participation.

If you choose, you may enter a drawing at the end of the survey for a $100 Visa gift card. The drawing winner will be notified by email on December 31, 2018. There are no risks to your participation.

This survey was developed and is being disseminated by the Goldstream Group, a private research and evaluation firm. If you have any questions about this survey, you may contact the Goldstream Group Principal Consultant, Angela Larson, at 907-452-4365 extension 1 or by email at You may also contact Becca Hatheway, Manager of Teaching and Learning at UCAR's Center for Science Education, at 303-497-2597 or by email at

Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue University on January 10, 2019. 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 sponsors of the conference. The goal of the January Indiana STEM Education Conference is to provide a platform for the 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. 

Girls Who Code and Indiana Department of Education
New partnership brings FREE computer science opportunities to elementary, middle and high school girls across Indiana. Girls Who Code Clubs are free afterschool programs with supportive peers and role models.  Learn more HERE.

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is working to ensure that ALL students possess the knowledge and skills needed to be society's game changers: educated, productive, and empathetic individuals. NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for ALL students to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. To get started in Esports, visit our website and activate a Club! Activated Clubs get access to free toolkits and workshops on esports, streaming, and more! 

Afterschool Tech Toolkit
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) and Google announced a new support for your STEM work! This free resource includes a series of modules, webinars and hands-on training that will help you plan and prepare to integrate technology into your program. The toolkit will give you a strong foundation so you can provide students with powerful access to technology outside of classroom hours. Start learning now! Visit   and click on the first module "Get Started with Technology."

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.

INvestEd is a team of experts who travel the entire state of Indiana sharing resources and information about the college planning and financial aid process. They provide FREE help that includes group presentations at schools, meeting with families, and useful resources on their website. INvestEd can help your students and families with any of their college planning and funding questions. Connecting with them is easy! Call 317-715-9007 or email them at

Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is now accepting applications for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Now in its third year, the scholarship provides up to $7,500 for up to four years of college (up to $30,000 total) for top-performing Hoosier students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees.

To qualify, students must either graduate in the highest 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. To continue earning the scholarship in college, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year. Current freshmen and sophomore college students are also eligible for the scholarship, but priority will be given to high school students.

Interested students should apply by November 30, 2018 at The Commission will select finalists by January 4, 2019 to be interviewed at regional sites across the state in March. Students selected to receive the scholarship will be notified by April 5, 2019.

Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant
The Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant provides free job training for Hoosiers in high-demand sectors from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Sectors include: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Science, IT & Business Services and Transportation & Logistics.

The Indiana General Assembly created Next Level Jobs for working-age Hoosiers in 2017, and expanded the program in 2018 to include all high school graduates. This is a great opportunity for all students, especially those who may not qualify for other forms of financial aid. 

2019-2020 FAFSA
The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now live beginning Monday, October 1. In order to secure state aid eligibility for the 2019-2020 academic year students must submit the FAFSA by the state deadline of April 15, 2019. The form can be accessed by visiting Seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid website.

21st Century Scholars Enrollment
The 21st Century Scholar application for the 2018-2019 school year is open. The program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school, dependent upon financial need. More info HERE.

2018 College Readiness, College Completion and Equity Reports

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently released the 2018 College Readiness Report, 2018 College Completion Report and 2018 College Equity Report.

About Indiana's College Readiness Report: The Indiana Commission for Higher Education's College Readiness Reports are designed to provide information on students entering college. The reports encompass the first year of college for students who graduated from high school during the previous academic year, and the College Readiness dashboard provides a closer look at longer-term outcomes such as early college success and completion.

About Indiana's College Completion Report: The Indiana College Completion Report is part of a series of reports provided by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to clearly define Indiana's progress in preparing Hoosiers for college and the workforce. The reports help inform students, educators, families and policymakers.

About Indiana's College Equity Report: In 2013, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education passed a resolution to cut the achievement gap in half by 2018 and close the achievement gap by 2025. Designed as a companion piece to the Commission's annual College Readiness and College Completion reports, the College Equity report provides a snapshot of Indiana's college achievement gap progress - measured by the college-going rate, early success in college and college completion - for low-income and minority students.

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.

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.


November 26-28, 2018 
Indiana Convention Center
Attendees gain practical resources from national experts, learn about best practice models from relevant programs, and make lasting connections. Explore timely and relevant issues for youth in the areas of health, social emotional learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion and more!
Register and learn more  HERE
Microsoft Store Networking Night - November 29 at 1PM
Microsoft Store - The Fashion Mall at Keystone, 8701 Keystone Crossing Blvd, Indianapolis
Microsoft Networking Night is about bringing organizations that share a common desire; to do what they can to make the world a better place. If you are looking to expand your pool of contacts, meet new people, network with other businesses, and learn more about using Microsoft's services in a mobile first, cloud-first world, bring your business cards and come join the Microsoft team! Refreshments will be served. Register HERE.

SafeTalk Training - Indianapolis
Sunday, December 2, 2018 12:00-4:00 pm
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don't truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Details and registration is available HERE.

Indiana Youth Institute CAFE:
Poverty and Race: Understanding and Overcoming Barriers
Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Forest Manor Professional Development Center, Indianapolis
Join us for an overview of the state of poverty and a focused discussion on how poverty, culture, and race intersect. This interactive workshop will lead participants to explore assumptions, misperceptions, stigma, stereotypes, and biases about the causes of poverty and systemic racism.
Can't make this date/location? Find other IYI Cafes HERE: 

QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:00-4:00 pm
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Indianapolis, IN
In partnership with the QPR Institute to provide a free Gatekeeper training. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. Find out additional details and register online HERE.

Student Advocates Conference
On December 17 and 18, 2018, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will be hosting the 4th annual Student Advocates Conference at the Indianapolis Marriot North Hotel & Conference Center. The event is tailored to Indiana college advisors, mentors, student leaders, and other advocates to discover innovative practices, share success stories, and learn about state initiatives impacting college completion and student success.

Free webinar for ideas to fuel your programming and outreach to next-gen philanthropists
December 2018
Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy host a FREE webinar series designed to support next-gen leadership and giving. Sessions feature national experts and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty and students sharing research, resources, and examples of classroom-based grantmaking programs.

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. Join us for real-world examples and resources you can integrate into your programs. 

Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue University on January 10, 2019. 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 sponsors of the conference. The goal of the January Indiana STEM Education Conference is to provide a platform for the 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. 

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.

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
offers trainings across Indiana on a wide range of nonprofit management topics. The upcoming calendar of workshops and more info here:
Indiana Youth Institute Trainings and Cafés NEAR YOU
Topics including Technology Safety, Reaching Uninsured Families and others will be provided at various locations in including: Merrillville, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville and New Albany.  More info here:


Webinar: Fostering Responsible Screen Use
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET
We know that too much screen use can be bad for kids, but when used thoughtfully as part of teaching and learning in your program, you can help students build skills and level the digital equity playing field. In this webinar, we'll explore how programs are setting policies and procedures to ensure screen time is used effectively and safely in programs.

Webinar: How National Service Can Advance the Mission, Goals, and Capacity of Nonprofits 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET
In an era of constant change, growing needs, and uncertain resources, nonprofits often have to think creatively about how to build their organizational capacity. One such solution is through the creation of a service year program. National service programs can significantly increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations across the country by training a new generation of skilled nonprofit practitioners. This webinar, How National Service Can Advance the Mission, Goals, and Capacity of Nonprofits, will review how service year programs can help build organizational capacity at nonprofits through service positions that contribute to fund development, volunteer management, and community outreach. Presenters will include: Brooke Bohnet, Director of Program Development, Service Year Alliance; Gretchen Van der Veer, Executive Director, Fair Chance; Jeff Brady, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, United Way Worldwide; Moderator: Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum.
National Afterschool Association Annual Conference
March 15 - 18, 2019
Hilton Midtown, New York City
Registration for the 2019 NAA Annual Convention is now open! Join 2,000 members of our community for 4 days of networking, learning and inspiration! You'll enjoy special events, educational sessions, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo-all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and leaders of afterschool. 

Interested in Presenting at the NAA Convention?
If you're interested in presenting at the NAA Convention join us for an informational webinar on Tuesday, September 18, 1 p.m. ET. Register HERE.

The National Afterschool Association Expert Hub is now live! This new service will help afterschool and expanded learning programs connect with vetted experts for projects and training programs. NAA member organizations can use the NAA Expert Hub to find experts at no cost. Learn more HERE.

Stay tuned for future announcements at the conference website: 
Building Partnerships in Support of Where, When, & How Learning Happens
Youth development and afterschool have deep relationships with youth, families & community partners that facilitate engagement for social, emotional and academic learning. Read the new The Aspen Institute report:


Real-world problems call for critical thinking and real-world solutions and afterschool programs are a great place for kids to learn, collaborate, and figure out how to make their communities better. The Mott Foundation and National Geographic want to help afterschool programs open the world to young people.

National Geographic has been pushing the boundaries of knowledge, exploring the planet from its highest peaks to its deepest depths for more than 130 years. Now you can bring this spirit of exploration to your afterschool program!

What Will You Do to Save the Planet? Take the #GeoChallenge!
Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are used every day? Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year? We need creative and actionable ideas from young people to literally save the planet. Afterschool programs are invited to take on the 2018-19 GeoChallenge-Tackling Plastic! Teams of students (grades 5-8) will investigate the urgent issue of plastic pollution in our waterways. If your team is ready, you can submit your solutions by January 15th to join the national competition.

The GeoChallenge is free to register and download all of the activities you will need to help your kids engage, think, act, and impact! Students gain skills in research and storytelling, collaboration, videography, innovative design, and mapmaking. Empower your students to change the world! Register here:

New Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana Resource Available: Developing Youth Philanthropists
To better support foundation-based youth councils, YPII developed this guidebook with sections organized into the Four Pillars of our Youth Philanthropy model - Serving, Giving, Leading, and Engaging. Within this free, downloadable guidebook are summaries of hands-on activities with embedded links to full activity instructions, lesson plans, handouts, videos, articles, and websites. Each section provides both introductory and advanced activities. The two levels and variety of activities from which you can choose allow you to tailor your meetings to address the needs and continued development of newer youth members, as well as those who near the end of their time in your program. Learn more HERE.

From the Afterschool Alliance: A snapshot of the "The US and the High Cost of Child Care: A review of Prices and Proposed Solutions for a Broken System."
The report includes a map that breaks down state-specific (and some county-specific) costs. It also concludes with policy recommendations, including sustained funding for the Child Care Development Block Grants (CCDBG) and increased funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative. Read more HERE.

Journal of Child and Youth Care Work Call for Papers: Learning Activities for Child and Youth Worker Educators and Trainers
The Association of Child and Youth Care Practice has put a call out for papers for a special themed issue focused on the use of structured learning activities to promote knowledge, attitude and skill acquisition in CYW practice settings.
Deadline for Submission of Letter of Intent is December 31, 2018
Please view this LINK for more information.

Expanded Collection of Resources Translated into Spanish
NCASE is pleased to share an expanded collection of resources that have been translated into Spanish for wider access. These Spanish language publications are housed in the NCASE Resource Library with the original English language records. This collection includes resources that address important issues in school-age care, such as summer learning, quality improvement, licensing, and funding strategies. The audience for these resources includes state afterschool network leads, summer program providers, and 21st Century Community Learning Center leads. More HERE.

RESOURCE FOR HOOSIER FAMILIES: Early Learning Indiana and and FSSA have partnered on child care consumer site , a new, interactive family resource website.
This online hub provides families with guidance in finding high-quality child care, information on child development, ideas for supporting learning at home, and information about statewide services for Indiana families. The information is rooted in evidence-based practice and presents useful tips for putting research to practice as children grow.

Flex your Financial Muscles
Achieving financial fitness isn't all that different from achieving physical fitness. You have to work for it! Learn about exercise options for every budget, how to meal plan like a pro, and maybe create something deliciously healthy. Please use this link to access our new fitness issue:  

The Office of Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson invites you to share our e-magazine with your friends and family. To view previous issues of our e-magazine, visit  

Enroll now! Indiana Kids is offering FREE tutoring, mentoring, and college readiness workshops for students in grades 6-12. Tutoring subjects include math, English, social studies and science. Available online.
Learn more & apply online at: 

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

2-1-1 is 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. 

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 

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 

The Festival Fund 
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 
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. 
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.

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.

Singing 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
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

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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