Indiana

Indiana Afterschool Network

The Indiana Afterschool Network is a nonprofit organization that inspires, empowers, and mobilizes the advocates, partners, and practitioners of afterschool and summer programs in Indiana. IAN believes that together schools, communities, and families can create a seamless and inspiring day of learning before, during, and after the school bell rings.

Accomplishments: 
  • IAN hosted a panel of legislative leaders at our state conference where the head of the state senate education committee offered to author a bill for new $1M funding request for afterschool. We are following up and building our plan. We have met with more than 50 state and U.S. legislators over the past few years. We hosted a breakfast at the Statehouse for legislators and youth program leaders in 2011, and host annual advocacy events with 300 youth alongside other partners. 
  • IAN has raised more than $3.5M for the Network and funding that directly supports programs and our youth partner organizations.
  • IAN developed the Indiana Afterschool Standards, along with specialty standards in college/career readiness, STEM, summer learning and healthy eating and physical activity.  We have an online assessment tool = Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA) for programs to track their progress and produce reports using any of the sets of standards.  We have a new online PD system called the Indiana Academy on Out of School Learning using the CypherWorx system.  We also have an online mapping database that we just merged with our state childcare system.  Users can search for programs by zip code, county, activity, age group.  We lead efforts in our state to build higher education pathways with several universities so students can pursue degrees in youth development.
Current Projects and Initiatives: 
The Indiana Afterschool Network continues to focus on:
 
  • Building a case for Out-Of-School Time Programs to help funders and individuals understand the importance of their support.
  • Providing increased program access for students. Helping communities identify new opportunities, coordinate resources and expand programs.  
  • Creating alignment and relationships between education and workforce to increase student success.