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Indiana Kids is a program started by former Governor Mitch Daniels in partnership with the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.  The program provides support, resources, guidance, and tutoring services to help students succeed in school and participate in career exploration.

During the first year of the partnership, participants in the program increased their scores by one grade level in both math and reading.  Since 2005, over 16,000 students have participated in at least a portion of the program, either academic or career exploration.  Boys & Girls Clubs administer a pre-test and a post-test in reading and math to gauge the progress of each child enrolled.

The children are provided after school tutoring, homework help and career-related study.  The focus of the program is to reach TANF eligible children, grades 1-8.

Serve Indiana’s Role

Serve Indiana provides funding, structure, and oversight of the Indiana Kids program. 

Funding Opportunities

Serve Indiana is pleased to announce Indiana Kids, a funding opportunity made possible through the Family and Social Services Agency’s (FSSA) -Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding. The purpose of TANF is to 1) provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes 2) end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage 3) prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies 4) encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.          

Organizations pursuing Indiana Kids funding will focus on TANF priority 3 and/or 4. Organizations reaching sites in multiple counties are highly encouraged to apply. 

Indiana Kids, formerly Mitch’s Kids, came out of the Mitch Daniels administration in 2005. It has since been named Indiana Kids. Indiana Kids has four main goals:

  • Increase youth career and college readiness
  • Promote civic responsibility through engaging students in service activities
  • Increase student academic achievement
  • Increase parents job skills, parenting skills, and life skills leading to overall self-sufficiency



RFP Released: April 13, 2016
Applications due to Ceceily Brickley or by mail to 10 N. Senate SE 205 Indianapolis, IN 46202 by 4:30 pm on May 27, 2016

TA Call 1:  Monday, April 18 2016 at 10:30 am
TA Call 2: Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

                                Conference Number: (712) 432-0383

                                Access Code: 417071

There are currently no FAQ topics however, please forward any questions to Ceceily Brickley, and we will keep this section updated weekly.