Learn24 Newsletter - March 12, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Data Analyst - Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Multiple Opportunities Available - Department of Parks and Recreation

Analyst, Communities - My Brother's Keeper Alliance

Program Coordinator - Urban Alliance

Research Associate - U.S. Soccer Foundation

Learn24 Events

Developmental Youth Outcomes - March 18, 2020

OST Quality Committee - March 23, 2020

OST Coordination and Collaboration Committee - March 26, 2020

OST Commission Meeting - April 2, 2020

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Two-Day Workshop) - April 2-3, 2020

OST Funding and Capacity Building Committee - April 8, 2020

The Fundamentals of Financial Management - April 9, 2020

Professional Development Opportunities

Every Student Every Day: A No-Nonsense Nurturer Approach to Reaching All Learners - March 23, 2020 (Webinar)

This webinar will share the lessons, mindsets, beliefs, and classroom expectations that high-performing teachers use daily in their practice to support student achievement through rigor, relevance, and relationships. Attendees should come ready to be challenged, inspired, and better-prepared than ever to meet the needs of their diverse groups of youth. Register to attend this webinar. 

Nonprofit Financial Boot Camp (Part 1) - March 26, 2020 (Washington, DC)

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will host a full day session covering the basics of nonprofit finances. Discover principles such as fiscal management and financial management projection-based budgeting. Find out more here

2020 Ready by 21 National Meeting - April 15-17, 2020 (Louisville, KY)

Every year, the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together more than 600 local, state, and national leaders who are committed to improving partnerships, policies, and practices for children and youth. Join the Forum for Youth Investment this year in Louisville for the 9th Annual Ready by 21 National Meeting! 

Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms - April 28, 2020 (Webinar)

Participants will learn how institutional racism is visited in the early childhood space and the roles of implicit bias, microaggression, and white privilege in undermining the excellence and learning of minoritized Black and brown children and those who teach them. Register here

2020 National Social and Emotional Learning Conference - May 18-20, 2020 (Baltimore, MD)

Three days of high quality sessions presented by some of the top SEL thought leaders in the nation, keynote presentations, an immersive skill-building session, workshops and networking with colleagues. Leave inspired and equipped to take SEL to the next level in your school or organization! Click here to attend

The OST Office is Hiring! 

The OST Office is currently accepting applications for a Data Analyst. Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to be considered. For more information or to apply, please click here

OST Commission Meeting | April 2 

The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Room 1107 South. The OST Commission will hear updates from the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) and Committees.

Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify the OST Office in advance by email at learn24@dc.gov. Individuals should include their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any, and if available, submit one electronic copy of their testimony by the close of business on Tuesday, March 31st at 5:00 pm.

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As of March 11, DC Health has confirmed 10 presumptive positive test results for coronavirus (COVID-19). While the presence of the coronavirus in the District is understandably concerning, it is not unexpected given the spread of the virus globally and in the United States. There is still no widespread community transmission and our priority continues to be prevention.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education has been working closely with DC Health and agencies across District Government to prepare for the possibility of more positive tests results of COVID-19 in the District. We continue to monitor potential cases as well as their proximity to our school communities and other public spaces.

The symptoms that are currently being seen with COVID-19 are fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. To help prevent the spread of germs, individuals should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, multiple times a day. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Seek medical attention if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to coronavirus or influenza. Call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility.

Please feel free to share the following resources with family, friends, and the community.

The District Government will continue to share critical updates around coronavirus on coronavirus.dc.gov.


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By: Shavonyuette Dotson

Planning and Reflection refers to the Plan-Do-Reflect learning process focusing on establishing clear comprehensive plans at the beginning of an activity and reflecting on the results and process after the activity has been completed.

Planning provides youth opportunities to think through, set goals, and articulate a path towards success of a project or activity. When adults include time for youth to plan, youth develop skills such as articulation of ideas and concepts, analyzing a situation or projecting outcomes, and experience a sense of control.

Reflection occurs by debriefing with youth through a conversation or a structured or unstructured activity that allows youth to review their experience. This provides youth an opportunity to make revisions to the original plan if needed. When youth reflect they learn to think critically about the experience, recognize accomplishments and areas to improve, and connect the experience with how the world works.

A high-quality program will include planning and reflection throughout the program and within various activities. Planning and reflection allow youth to make sense of their experiences and concepts they have learned and connect the new learning to prior knowledge.

For additional tools and resources on planning and reflection strategies, click here.

Community Opportunities

2020 Washington Future Agents in Training Program

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently accepting applications from high school students for the 2020 Washington Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program. This program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today's FBI. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnessing, and assisting with cases. Applications must be submitted no later than March 31, 2020.  More information can be found here

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Release of School Year 2020-21 Grant Competitions

The upcoming release of the Learn24 School Year 2020-21 Grant Competitions and the OSSE 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grant Competitions are scheduled for this month. The release of these applications and deadlines will be staggered to allow adequate time for interested organizations to apply for both competitions. Please plan accordingly. 

D'Addario Foundation Grant

The D'Addario Foundation is accepting applications from high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. The D'Addario Foundation seeks to support programs that bring music back into communities and schools. The average award amount is $2,500.  Prospective applicants must complete a letter of inquiry by March 31, 2020. Click here for more information on deadlines, criteria, and areas of interest.

$90 Million in Funding Available for Nonprofit Security Enhancements

Nonprofit organizations and houses of worship in the Greater Washington DC area are eligible to apply for federal grant funding to support efforts for physical security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. Organizations may be awarded up to $100,000. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 3, 2020. Learn more here

Power of Youth Challenge

In partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, America's Promise Alliance is working to create opportunities for more young people to be agents of change in their local communities through the #PowerofYouth Challenge. Selected young people (ages 13-18) will receive coaching and financial support in the form of mini grants of  up to $250 to lead service projects in their communities.  The deadline to apply is April 19, 2020. View this funding opportunity.

STEM Innovation Grant

Colocation America proudly offers STEM Innovation Grants to programs that inspire and encourage K-12 students to pursue their interest and curiosity in STEM. The maximum award amount for selected applicants is $7,500. Applications must be received by May 1, 2020 for consideration. Access the full application here

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award program will award up to $25,000 to community-based organizations that use sports to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. Applications must be received by May 6, 2020 to be considered. More information about selection criteria, past awardees, and the application process can be found here.

Questions or feedback, contact Learn24 at Learn24@dc.gov, or visit us at Learn24.dc.gov.

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