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New Indiana Report on Out-of-School Time

  The Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) released a new report last week, “The Power of Afterschool in Indiana”, that includes data regarding out-of-school time (OST) programs in Indiana. The report includes information for a variety of stakeholders, including policymakers and legislators on the demand and impact of Indiana’s OST programs. IAN is a nonprofit organization that connects advocates, partners and youth workers in order to foster and support afterschool and summer learning.  In “The Power of Afterschool in Indiana”, IAN brings together statistics and information form a variety of sources including Afterschool Alliance, Indiana Out-of-School Time Program Database, and Kids Count Data, as well as evidence about the significance of afterschool programs from scholarly research. The report shows how afterschool

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Read for the Record Day

On Tuesday, October 21, educators, mayors and community members across the country stopped what they were doing to read a children’s book for national “Read for the Record Day.” The event, launched by Jumpstart, celebrates literacy by aiming to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. Read for the Record Day intends to promote literacy to ensure that every student arrives at kindergarten ready to succeed. In 2013, the campaign set a world record for the largest shared reading experience with more than 2 million people reading Otis by Loren Long all on the same day. This year, the assigned reading material was Bunny Cakes by author Rosemary Wells. The book

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President Obama Launches Second Promise Zone Competition

  In President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, he declared 20 areas nationwide would be designated as Promise Zones. The Administration recently announced that a second round of Promise Zone designations are open for solicitation. Promise Zones can be urban, rural, or tribal communities. In a Promise Zone, the Administration partners with local leaders to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. Communities are invited to compete for federal funds, staffing, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to help recruit and manage volunteers. The Promise Zone program focuses on areas that have struggled even as the economy recovers and unemployment falls. Twelve federal agencies, including Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and US Department

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

  At more than 53 million, the Hispanic population is the nation’s largest, youngest, and fastest growing minority population. One out of four public school students in the nation is Hispanic, however, less than 8 percent of U.S. teachers are Hispanic, and Hispanic male teachers represent only 2% of the nation’s teachers. While many Hispanic teachers have dedicated themselves to serving their communities through teaching, they are dramatically underrepresented in the classroom. Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th through October 15th) recognizes these leaders. As the Hispanic population continues to grow, it is essential that all Hispanic students have access to a high-quality education. This begins with teachers. According to a 2003 Economic Policy Institute study, the quality of a student’s

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Best Practice Spotlight: Trauma Informed Community Building

Communities across the country are working to revitalize low-income and public housing. Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) is a new framework for strengthening communities in trauma-affected neighborhoods. It recognizes the ongoing stress and trauma pervasive in communities facing poverty, ongoing violence, isolation, and limited resources. TICB strategies attempt to de-escalate chaos and stress, build social cohesion, and foster community resiliency over time by acknowledging and validating the real life experiences of low-income and public housing residents. The TICB model addresses the disconnect between meeting the needs of residents in high-poverty neighborhoods and traditional community building programs that leave members feeling isolated and marginalized. Through a partnership with the residents of Potrero Terrace and Annex—one of San Francisco’s largest and most

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Paid Internships for Indiana Students

    Internships provide a win-win opportunity for both the employer and the intern. The employer receives cost-effective labor and potential job candidate pool through their intern program. At the same time, interns receive real-world experience to apply their education from the classroom and gain networking contacts for their future career. To foster an environment of internships in Indiana, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) launched EARN Indiana. EARN Indiana was launched to help college students with financial need have access to resume building, experiential, and paid internships. Employers also benefit through the EARN Indiana program when they have provide paid internships. ICHE offers employers with approved positions up to 50% reimbursement for the hourly wage paid to the

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Afterschool Programs Close Achievement Gap

  Nationwide, 15 million children who are left unsupervised after school. New research by Dr. Deborah Lowe Vandell, Dean of the School of Education at the University of California Irvine, shows that there is a relationship between afterschool activities and boosting academic performance and work habits. The results are especially true for children of low-income families. Vandell’s findings include the following: Children who consistently participate in afterschool programs are more likely to achieve better scores in mathematics by fifth grade. Afterschool participation is linked to eliminating the achievement gap between children from low-income families as to high-income families. This new research has captured the attention of parents as well as policymakers about the value of extending the school day through

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Girls on the Run Empowerment Project Event

    Where do Empowerment, Encouragement and Inspiration mingle?  At Girls on the Run’s The Empowerment Project of course! This October, you’re invited to join Girls on the Run of Central Indiana for the screening of this powerful documentary depicting the incredible journey of five female filmmakers as they journey across America interviewing ordinary women who have done extraordinary things. The Empowerment Project celebrates strong, inspiring women in leadership roles all across the U.S. Details for the event include: Where – Latitude 360 (formerly known as Latitude 39) When – Thursday, October 9th (VIP entry begins at 5:30 PM, general admission entry begins at 6:15 PM) Why – To raise funds for the Girls on the Run scholarship fund Tickets

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Make Attendance in the Month of September Count!

  Now that the students are back to school, it is important that we ensure good attendance for student growth and learning. Research shows that students with poor attendance in the first month of school are more likely to experience chronic absences. Chronic absence is defined as missing more than 10 percent (or 18 days for a 180 day school year!) of school days during the school year. This can be as little as just 2 school days a month. Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. They have developed free tools (including a toolkit) and resources for schools and community partners to use to improve school attendance and identify

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Indiana Nonprofit Summit

  The Indiana Nonprofit Summit (formerly the Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building) will be held on October 1 – 2 at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus Center. The Summit is a gathering of nonprofit and community service members in the State of Indiana. The Indiana Nonprofit Summit aims for a real-world approach for strategy among the nonprofit sector. This is the same practical “what works” approach that is embraced by Transform Consulting Group. This environment is designed to help implement new ideas and connect programs. Discussions will include the following topics: Funding/Finance Marketing/Communications Collaboration Volunteerism Strategic Planning Governance Open Track Social service agencies Faith-based organizations Neighborhood and community-based organizations Libraries Students and professionals entering the nonprofit field

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