Why Afterschool Matters

Last Updated by The Indiana Afterschool Network on

According to Afterschool Alliance, up to 30 percent of Indiana’s school-age children, including kindergarteners, are left unsupervised in the afternoons. These are peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, and sex. After school and out of school programs serve an important role in communities: keeping kid’s safe, inspiring learning, and helping working families.

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Placing a Value on Education

Last Updated by Dennis Bland on

Why has the high school dropout rate been such a persistent problem? Why do 1.3 mill students drop out of high school annually? Why are there so many high school dropouts, especially in African American and minority communities, even as education opportunities abound? Dennis Bland of Center for Leadership Development believes both the cause, and the solution can be summed up in one word—values.

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High School: The Diploma that Matters

Last Updated by Kevin Leineweber on

Most academic programs in the United States push toward standardization and make high school a place where students develop pre-college skills. While this works for some students, it definitely does not work for all. High school should be a place where teenagers can become individuals and to develop basic skill sets and to find an internal drive to persevere.

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How Family and Community Engagement Strengthens Young Lives

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Maycdon “Mike” Sprowl means it when he says parent and community engagement was the key to getting him where he is today. Jim Grim discusses the impact family and community engagement had on one student, and explains the various opportunities and scholarships the Indianapolis community and IUPUI provide for disenfranchised, ambitious students.

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The Importance of Mentoring Design and Construction Students

Last Updated by Kay Townsend on

The ACE Mentor Program of America is among the fastest growing mentor programs in Indiana, its mission being “to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.” This cause has hit home with many Hoosier high schoolers.

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Nurturing Curiosity through Global Learning

Last Updated by Anne Hudson on

I was raised in a small, northwest Indiana farming town where everyone was a lot like everyone else. My dad believed that a great education included a curious engagement with new ideas, foods, experiences, and cultures. I've nurtured curiosity in my own child and our foreign exchange student, Aki.

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Encouragement and Tangible Support Affects Mothers, Children, Families

Posted by Sarah Pennal on

Nurse Family Partnership is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program proven to reduce behavioral and intellectual problems in children and increase economic self-sufficiency for families. In Indiana, NFP is implemented by Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana Inc., which supports and complements NFP with its programs aimed at increasing education and employment.

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Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis: Empowering All Girls

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Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis is proud to deliver hands-on programs that empower girls to be confident in their own skin, prepared for their futures, proud of who they are, and ready to take their place in the world. Girls Inc. has been serving girls in the Indianapolis community since 1969.

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The Celiac Saga

Posted by Valerie Kraft on

Most kids aren’t pen pals with their doctors. Most kids don’t wish for a diagnosis when blowing out the candles on their birthday cake, and most kids probably aren’t “mutuals” on Instagram with their local hospital registration workers. But growing up with undiagnosed Celiac Disease, I quickly found that I was not “most kids.”

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Building Relational Experiences in Students

Posted by Kevin Gailey on

Poverty, crime and quality of education are all factors influencing dropout rates. These are truisms for our generation and for those of generations past. For decades, students have dropped out of school because they have had financial or legal challenges. Poor teaching or feelings of being disconnected have also been factors. In recent times, however, other influences have been on the rise.

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Global Learning Connections – What does it mean for our children?

Posted by Caterina Cregor Blitzer on

Our children’s opportunities to learn about the world begin at home and in our school communities. All children benefit from learning a language starting early, and making global connections. I communicate in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish today because my American father and Italian mother encouraged me to continue studying and loving Italian as I learned English in school.

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Homelessness and "Functional Zero"

Last Updated by Alan Witchey on

Homelessness is a risk multiplier for society. Problems like poor grades, addiction, and poverty worsen and become more difficult to solve. For these reasons, more cities are turning towards a ‘Functional Zero’ strategy, which provides a home for the homeless until they are able to provide for themselves. Learn what Indianapolis and CHIP are doing to combat issues of homelessness.

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The Benefits of International Exchange Programs

Posted by Jamie Goodwin on

Many think that travel to another country is a luxury that only the fortunate few may afford. Educators in the global age, however, realize that reflective, immersive, cross-cultural experiences are a transformational pedagogy. In 2008 the American Association of Colleges and Universities labeled it “a high-impact practice.” 

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Supporting Expectant and Parenting High School Students

Posted by Dr. Wanda Spann Roddy on

Unexpected pregnancy contributes to dropout rates everywhere. Learn about how communities can better understand how to help student cope with balancing parenthood and school, preventing them from quitting their education.

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Driven to Make a Difference

Last Updated by Sneha Dave on

Sneha's struggles have become a reason for her to make a difference. She was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age six. Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the entire body. At that age, she did not know that her medical struggles would prove to define her future physically and mentally.

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