Education & Workforce

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity & Social Emotional Learning

Out-of-school time programs can play an important role in promoting exercise and healthy nutrition and lifestyles.  32% of Indiana youth are overweight or obese, and 22% do not engage in any physical activity during their free time.  See what your program can do to make a healthy difference.

1.) The Indiana Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards outline specific steps and best practices for programs based on national research.  These standards were created in partnership with the State Alliance of YMCAs and build on standards developed by the Y-USA and National Afterschool Association.

2.) You can also track your program’s healthy eating and physical activity progress using the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment.

3.) Search for Indiana out-of-school time programs that offer health and wellness or enter your information into our online mapping database.

4.) Sign up for our e-newsletter and get the latest grants and best practices in health and wellness.

The Afterschool Guide to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

The Afterschool Guide to SEL is a compilation of a variety of resources to help afterschool professionals better understand SEL, as well as the the competencies and the role that SEL plays within afterschool programs.

These resources provide information about the importance and benefits of SEL, strategies to integrate SEL practice into afterschool programming and examples of successful programs built around SEL practice. Regardless of proficiency with SEL practice, the resources within this guide may be used to enhance the SEL experiences offered to youth.
Read more here.

The Aspen Institute’s “Nation At Hope” – Report

To best prepare our young people to thrive in school and in life, we must help them develop an array of values – values like perseverance, empathy, respect, creativity, collaboration, and civic engagement. And – on the strength of these values – academic excellence.

That’s at the heart of the report released by The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope draws on input from more than 200 scientists, educators, youth, parent and community groups, and policymakers to outline a set of recommendations that will transform our schools and communities. Specifically, the report recommends the importance of providing access to quality summer school and after-school programming for each young person. Read more here.

Afterschool Guide to Building Relationships & Routines

Providing youth with safe, supportive relationships and a positive emotional climate is imperative for developing the program quality that we know makes a difference for kids. The Afterschool Guide to Building Relationships and Routines helps afterschool practitioners create safe, supportive environments through program activities that build relationships and routines. Read more here.

Resources for Anti-Racism and Equity Education

The 50 State Afterschool Network has compiled a list of resources for anti-racism and equity education for youth development providers. The list includes the following types of resources:
• Resources for providers engaging with children and youth
• Lesson plans
• Tips for talking about race with children and youth
• Book & film lists

Click HERE to view this resource guide!