The last two days, Joseph and I had a fantastic experience at the 2016 Indiana Summit On Out-Of-School Learning, put on by the Indiana Afterschool Network in at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The Summit brings together youth programs and community partners across the state of Indiana to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth. The Summit provided an excellent experience for over 750 participants and afterschool program providers that included awesome learning, great networking, and a wonderful sense of community to provide our youth with the opportunities and supplementary education they need to pursue their ultimate goals and become successful.
We met some amazing providers including the Indiana Afterschool Network, Drummond Educational Innovations, Health & Science Innovations, several directors from the Boys and Girls Club chapters across the state, and several others! The highlight of the conference may have been the keynote speech, which was delivered by Marlin Jackson, former Colts Defensive Back and Super Bowl Champion, who talked about his difficult upbringing and how he used it as a strength, not a disadvantage, to become successful. Now retired from the NFL, Marlin has started an amazing organization called the Fight For Life Foundation, which "helps deserving but underserved youth develop the social and emotional qualities needed to be successful in life."
We also want to wish a congratulations to the winners of the Out-Of-School Time Champions contest, School On Wheels and the Austin Learning Center, who won $2,500 and $1,000 each for their amazing organizations.
We are very grateful to the Indiana Afterschool Network for having us at such an awesome event!
The Indiana Afterschool Network is "a nonprofit organization that champions afterschool & summer learning by inspiring, empowering, & connecting youth workers, partners, & advocates at state & local levels. We believe that together schools, communities, & families can create an inspiring day of learning."
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Want to read about another awesome event we attended? Check out our post on students dreaming big at the Parent Power Chicago Fair!