Learn24 Newsletter - March 26, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Policy Analyst - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

Deputy Administrator - Department of Human Services

Summer Meals Program  - Department of Parks and Recreation

Program Manager - East River Family Strengthening Collaborative

Communications Manager - Food Research and Action Center

Learn24 Events

(Cancelled) OST Commission Meeting - April 2, 2020

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

(Cancelled) OST Funding and Capacity Building Committee - April 8, 2020

(Cancelled) The Fundamentals of Financial Management - April 9, 2020

Professional Development Opportunities

Summer Learning Toolkit & Recruiting and Engaging Students - March 31, 2020 (Webinar)

Summer learning programs offer invaluable spaces to engage youth in learning and development during the months when many students lose ground. High-quality programs keep kids safe and can produce measurable benefits in math, reading, and social and emotional learning, however good attendance is critical for kids to experience those positive benefits. Register to attend this webinar here

STEM for Little Sprouts: Connecting Science Through Children’s Literature - March 31, 2020 (Webinar)

Today’s young learners need more than excitement and motivation – they need opportunities to actually DO more science on a daily basis. Steve Spangler shares his creative ideas and strategies to teach hands-on science through the medium of children’s literature. Participants will learn how to use elements of the storyline to enable students to think more like scientists. Sign up to attend this webinar.

The National Math Festival: Engaging Girls in Math Fun! - April 8, 2020 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project will teach educators innovative ways to engage girls in math fun! Join mathematicians Dr. Alissa Crans and Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence as they explore facets of girls and math, their own stories, their insights into the math behind the way the world works. Register today

Managing SFSP Finances: Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting - April 21, 2020 (Webinar)

Join this webinar hosted by No Kid Hungry for insights on using data to inform planning, budgeting, meal forecasting, and more! Learn new ideas and new financial tools to support your summer meals program. Register here

Free Resources for Families and Educators 

We are in this together. District residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing and take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In support of the Out-of-School-Time (OST) community, The OST Office has compiled a list of free or low-cost resources available for students, families, educators, and administrators. 

Family resources can be found here

Educator resources can be found here


CANCELLED - OST Commission Meeting | April 2

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 which allows any board, commission, or other public body to waive meeting requirements during the time of a public health emergency, unless otherwise directed by the Mayor. The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) meeting scheduled for April 2, 2020 is cancelled as there is no urgent matter to discuss. The OST Commission hopes that all District residents continue to practice social distancing and stay safe. 

Support OST Programs This Tax Season

Mayor Bowser and Chief Financial Officer Dewitt extended the tax deadline to July 15, 2020, read more here. As taxes are filed, consider supporting out-of-school-time (OST) programs by making a Contribution to Taxpayer Support for Afterschool Programs for At-Risk Students, under the contributions section on Schedule U, Part II, Line 2 of the 2019 DC Individual Income Tax Form. Contributions will be used by the OST Office to support grants to organizations that provide educational and enrichment opportunities for homeless youth or those residing at public housing communities.

Community Opportunities

Tell DC Government How COVID-19 Is Impacting Your Business or Nonprofit

DC Government is interested in hearing how COVID-19 is impacting your business, complete this brief survey to provide feedback. 

The information provided will help inform the appropriate DC agency to provide resources to assist the economic recovery efforts.

Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Search Institute has developed a checklist to help staff in schools and youth programs build developmental relationships with young people while they are at home during the nation's response to the COVID-19 crisis. The information in this checklist can help young people improve their outcomes and lower their risk behaviors. View the checklist here

Funding Opportunities

DC Small Business and Nonprofits Recovery Microgrants

Mayor Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are investing $25 million in the COVID-19 Recovery Effort and the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, which will be housed in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. The grant can cover employee wages and benefits (fringe benefits associated with employment, such as health insurance), accounts payable, fixed costs, inventory, rent, and utilities. Applications must be submitted before Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Access the application here

Action for Healthy Kids Grant

Action for Healthy Kids is accepting applications for a $2,500 grant to support physical activity and nutrition initiatives that help provide a learning environment where students are healthy, active, and ready to learn. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 3, 2020. Learn more about the application process here

Junior League of Washington Opportunity Grant

The Junior League of Washington is seeking to grant up to $1,000 towards nonprofit organizations demonstrating an unexpected short-term financial need related to their  mission and/or operation. Applications must be submitted by 8:00 pm ET on April 12, 2020. For complete program guidelines, a list of previous grant recipients, and application instructions, click here.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grants Program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to organizations in support of programs that help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, including those with individualized education plans (IEPs). Applications must be received by May 21, 2020. For complete program guidelines, a list of previous grant recipients, and application instructions, see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation website.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants 

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation provides grants that range from $500 to several million dollars to organizations working hard to improve the lives of urban children living in poverty. The foundation accepts proposals for specific areas within the education, family economic stability, and childhood health sectors. Programs must be able to demonstrate their progress toward helping children achieve their full potential through measurable data. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, click here for more information regarding eligibility and how to get started. 

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