Youth Resources

Education and family resources for students and their families

All of our youth programs have been created to help support your child’s educational journey and help you strengthen your family. We understand that programs may not always be the solutions and that as a parent/caretaker there are other resources you might need for your family. 

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Homework Cafés

We offer support for students who need additional academic assistance to complete e-learning, as well as support to progress toward academic proficiency.

Homework Cafés are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week during the school year and are for parents/caregivers and children to receive assistance with homework completion and other academic enrichment including literacy and math; this event focuses on education for the whole family and at each session dinner is provided.

This is an effort to help make homework time and supper time a breeze for Near Eastside families, providing them with a one-stop space for meals and academic tutors. In addition to space and tutors to assist with homework assignments, the John Boner Neighborhood Centers will also have a variety of age appropriate academic enrichment activities for youth to practice and strengthen their skills and knowledge in the areas of ELA, math, STEM, financial literacy, and college and career readiness.

NOTE: Homework Cafés are currently not operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for information about when we’ll start it up again!

Family Engagement Activities

Throughout the year we host events to help our neighbors connect with other families, meet new people, and engage in fun family-friendly activities!

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our events look a little different or are not available.

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Parent Cafes

Parent Cafe’s are monthly get-togethers for parents and caregivers.

If you’re a parent/caregiver looking to feel inspired, energized, and excited about parenting – join us for a Parent Café session! We offer monthly sessions that provide peer-to-peer learning and individual self-reflection that will help you explore your family strengths and build on your personal wisdom and the experiences of others to strengthen your family.

Our Parent Cafés are structured discussion times using the principles of adult learning and family support.

NOTE: Currently available virtually! View our Upcoming Events for details. Sessions will return to in-person as COVID-19 restrictions allow us to safely offer these.

Community Play Dates

Opportunities for you and your child (0-5 years old) to meet neighbors and engage in activities to support a healthy development.

Weekly, open play dates provide authentic opportunities for families to engage with their infants and toddlers in developmentally appropriate activities, while meeting and learning from other parents and caregivers. Drop in to a session if you’re looking for new ways to support your child’s development through play! These sessions are open to anyone in the community with a child 0-5 years old.

NOTE: Virtual sessions will relaunch in March. Stay tuned for more details! Sessions will return to in-person as COVID-19 restrictions allow us to safely offer these.

Contact our Early Childhood Engagement Specialist for more information.

Monthly Family Events

Try something new while spending quality time with your family!

These Monthly Family Events are designed to be fun, family-centered, and opportunity for families to build relationships with others. Examples of what these events include are self-care nights with pampering and spa-like activities; pajama reading parties by “starlight” (twinkle lights); cookies and canvas art nights, and much more.

Events take place at the Boner Fitness and Learning Center and they include dinner or refreshments.

NOTE: Monthly Family Events are not currently operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for information about when we’ll start it up again!

Family Field Trips

Enjoy some family time while discovering fun activities throughout Indy!

Families will be provided the opportunity to attend local field trips to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indiana State Parks, Incrediplex, and other family fun activities. Participating families will earn free attendance to these trips through engaging in other activities, reaching educational goals, and other forward progress.

NOTE: Family Field Trips are not currently operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for information about when we’ll start it up again!

Educational Resources

Below is a listing of educational resources we recommend to our students and families. These include online homework help, fun games about animals and the earth, time travel role-playing and puzzle games, educational webinars, and much more! Feel free to explore the many resources below!

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Enroll Indy

Enroll Indy is an organization focused on streamlining the school enrollment process in Indianapolis. Their mission is to help families choose schools that meet their children’s needs by providing a one-stop enrollment process, school information that is relevant and easy to understand, and data to inform school improvement in Indy.

AskRose

Homework isn’t always easy. That’s why AskRose is here to help. It’s a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana and other students in grades 6-12. Tutors are Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students who major in math, science or engineering; and they’re more than equipped to help with virtually any math or science homework problem.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources for K-12 classrooms worldwide. They encourage lifelong learning for students and teachers alike with award-winning digital textbooks, high-quality content, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.

 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content. They focus on skill mastery to help learners establish strong foundations, so there’s no limit to what they can learn next!

TED-Ed

TED-Ed aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world.

Everything TED-Ed does supports learning — from producing a video library of original animated lessons, providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lesson plans, helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, or celebrating innovative leadership.

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free and paid media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.6 million teachers have registered access to more than 100,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia.

BrainPop

BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17), together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.

SciShow Kids

SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?” Whether conducting experiments, researching new questions, or talking with experts, there’s always something new to discover with SciShow Kids, no matter what your age!

Education.com

Education.com seeks to nurture each child’s passion, curiosity, optimism, and educational success. They provide access to the most comprehensive library of K-6 resources for learning at school and at home. Bring learning to life with worksheets, games, lesson plans, and more

Funbrain

Funbrain was created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8th, and has free educational games for kids. They offer hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving, and literacy. Educators and parents can trust their site to provide a fun and safe experience at home and at school.

ABCya

ABCya provides over 300 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Their activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles.

Tribe Time

The Time Tribe is a time travel adventure story for kids. It combines role-playing and puzzle-solving in a tablet and browser-based adventure game featuring real world artifacts, letters, and stories to build out a narrative filled with rich and quirky characters, dastardly plots, actual history and archaeology.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids is an online kid resource full of games, videos, information about animals, and lots of other information to explore (such as kids vs plastic). The site provides amazing facts about animals, science, history, and geography for kids.

iCivics

iCivics engages students in meaningful civic learning. They provide teachers effective, innovative, freely accessible resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. Their mission is to ensure all students receive a high quality civic education.

Spelling City

VocabularySpellingCity is dedicated to helping students, teachers, parent-teachers, and school systems. They provide efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list. VocabularySpellingCity prides itself on making a significant contribution to education and being amongst the best values in education.

Starfall

Starfall began as a free public service to teach children to read, and now has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

Crash Course Kids

Crash Course Kids is a bi-weekly show all about grade school science. They look at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much much more with host Sabrina Cruz.

Videos are free and can be used by teachers, students, and learners of all kinds.

Neighborhood School Supports

We recognize the power of supporting both youth and their families, who thrive when they are healthy and have access to exceptional educational opportunities, strong economic support, and deep networks of social capital. We seek to effectively coordinate efforts at the school level and increase accessibility to services and support, in order to help all youth and families prosper.

A major goal within our family and student supports is increasing accessibility of our services and supports at neighborhood schools.

Presently we have full-time staff members located at three Indianapolis Public Schools: Brookside Elementary, Harshman Middle School, and Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School.

Key staff roles and their major focus areas are listed below
Family Navigator

Provides onsite case management services for families that are interested and/or referred by school staff

Community School Coordinator

Works with the school and community to assess needs and barriers to family and student success. Seeks out and secures additional resources and services identified for success.

Student Achievement Coordinator

Provide daily oversight of the EDGE Afterschool programs and coordinates with other community programs and resources to bring services to the school and reduce barriers to student academic achievement

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