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Spring Conference Award Winners

Many thanks to those who were in attendance for our 37th Annual Spring Virtual Conference Celebration! It was a HUGE SUCCESS!!  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 AWARD WINNERS!!! Rich Scofield Award Winner Latasha Battie, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago IAN Jill Bradley Best Practice Award Winner Carole Robertson Center for Learning, Chicago, Illinois Deb Nelson Board Leadership Award Winner Nichole Miller, […]

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Registration is Open for the IAN 37th Annual Spring Conference

Register today for the IAN 37th Annual Spring Virtual Conference on March 29 – 31, 2023. Your registration grants you access to the full three days of live conference sessions, the On-Demand Video Library, Resource Hall, Award Experience, and a unique event profile where you can interact with other attendees. Click the link below to create your […]

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Dignity of Children’s Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program

Good day to all! Introducing Dignity of Children’s Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with the Illinois Afterschool Network! Illinois after school providers will have the opportunity to facilitate the Dignity of Children’s Social Entrepreneurship Project Based Learning (PBL) Curriculum to their youth (12-18 years old). The objective is to prepare them to showcase their business […]

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GIVING TUESDAY, Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Give all Illinois After School professionals the resources they need to impact future generations by providing them with QUALITY professional learning sessions. Make Donation Here: Here are a few testimonies from providers and trainer:“Since I first became familiar with IAN around 6 years ago, I have sought to attend every session held pertaining to any […]

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Winter Professional Learning Sessions

Our Winter Professional Learning Sessions are now listed and open for registration! Many thanks to providers for your feedback with sessions they would like to see offered as they range from a series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Parent Engagement and back by popular demand, the Youth Mental Health First Responder Series. The winter sessions […]

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2022 Fall Professional Development

Good day to all!  Our 2022 Fall Professional Development offerings are now listed and open for registration!  Many thanks to providers for your honest feedback and input with ways for us to enhance our distance learning sessions. As requested, we have pushed back our schedule because you have asked us to allow you more transitional […]

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IAN Spring Virtual Conference – Mar 29-31, 2023

Save the dates!  March 29 – 31, 2023 for the exciting jam-packed IAN Spring Virtual Conference!  Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the success of the 2022 virtual conference, after careful thought and consideration, the IAN board has decided to hold the 2023 IAN Spring Conference virtually.  As optimistic as we are for the […]

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Congratulations to our 2022 Spring Conference Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2022 Illinois After School Network Spring Conference Award Winners. They are all very deserving, and it has been our honor to recognize them all for their great work this year. Rich Scofield Award Winner: Dr. Lolita Cleveland, Youth Guidance IAN Jill Bradley Best Practice Award Winner:By the Hand Club for Kids – Moving Everest, […]

Top 5 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

Top 5 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

It’s easy to look at our AfterSchool programs as being for youth, but our relationships with families are just as important as our relationships with youth. While every provider-parent relationship is unique, there are some general rules that – when followed, drive stronger & healthier relationships with families. Check out the top 5 tips from […]

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Good Communication Helps To Make a Good Team

Having a dependable team is important to success. As a team leader, you have to be able to rely on your team members to know their role, and to communicate any potential challenges. But good communication practices come from the top, and your team is likely looking to you for cues.  Being able to communicate […]