Learn24 Newsletter - May 7, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Director of Youth Engagement, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships - America's Promise Alliance

Before and After School Enrichment Director - Latin American Bilingual Montessori Public Charter School

School Counselor - Gonzaga College High School

Early Education / Child Care Specialist - Child Care Aware of America

Learn24 Events

Ask-Listen-Encourage - May 12, 2020 (Webinar)

Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach - May 13, 2020 (Webinar)

Core Competencies of Youth Workers - May 14, 2020 (Webinar)

Cultural Assumptions from Adultism to Caring - May 15, 2020 (Webinar)

Core Competencies of Youth Workers - May 18, 2020 (Webinar)

Cultural Assumptions from Adultism to Caring - May 20, 2020 (Webinar)

Ask-Listen-Encourage - May 21, 2020 (Webinar)

Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach - May 22, 2020 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Prevent Learning Loss and Accelerate Growth for All Students: A Whole Child Approach - May 9, 2020 (Webinar)

Illuminate Education is hosting a webinar to help teams take a data-driven approach to making equitable, expedited decisions to support whole child needs (academic, social-emotional, and behavioral)—whether in a remote or onsite environment. Register here to attend.

Data Disrupted: Practical Solutions to Adapt Research and Evaluation Plans During COVID-19 - May 12, 2020 (Webinar)

The Forum for Youth Investment will convene researchers, evaluators, and funders to discuss practical solutions for interrupted data collection efforts and reporting expectations. Register to attend.

Distance Learning Across the Education Sector: Social & Emotional Supports from Private, Charter, & Public Schools - May 15, 2020 (Webinar)

Join CASEL and leaders from the private, charter, and public school sectors to gain an understanding of SEL distance learning strategies and supports that are working. More information on this webinar can be found here

Self-Care for Educators in the Time of COVID-19 (and Beyond) - May 22, 2020 (Webinar)

Join the Solution Tree for a webinar to discuss ways to establish healthy habits and routines that can be implemented immediately. Attendees will develop personalized self-care plans, tailored to this unique moment in history. Sign up to attend today.

Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop - June 15, 2020 (Webinar)

The National Funding Foundation will host an online workshop that provides an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. This workshop will focus on three subject areas: fundamentals of program planning, proposal writing essentials, and funding research. Register to attend here

Upcoming Virtual Workshops from
The Institute for Youth Development 

The Institute for Youth Development has announced a new slate of upcoming virtual workshops to benefit any individual working with youth. Come learn new strategies and concepts that support positive engagements with youth. Each online workshop is approximately one hour and thirty minutes. 

Register to attend one of these interactive and engaging workshops today!

Find Professional Development Opportunities on the Learn24 Event Calendar

The Learn24 event calendar provides a wide range of professional development opportunities that can improve skills and/or generate new skills for youth development professionals. Learn ways to enrich your virtual workplace and enhance your afterschool and summer learning programs here.

Promising Practices

In the first newsletter of each month, The Institute for Youth Development will highlight a specific indicator from the Weikart Center's Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) on promising practices in the field.

By: Katherine Spinney

Group processing skills is knowing how to productively interact in a group. These skills are essential for youth to learn how to express themselves and work effectively with others. Examples of group processing skills are:

  • Listening to others without interrupting
  • Sharing ideas
  • Giving and receiving constructive criticism
  • Taking turns in a group
  • Valuing other ideas

Group processing skills are learned and do not often come naturally to youth. Therefore it is important that programs intentionally provide opportunities for participants to develop, practice, and improve these skills. Staff should be explicit on what behaviors are expected, model the appropriate behavior, identify when youth are improving their skills, and maintain consistency. When participants are not exhibiting positive group processing skills, such as interrupting, or making fun of other participants, staff should remind them of the groups expectations. Staff can support participants’ development of group processing by:

  • Incorporating opportunities for all youth to contribute to discussions by calling on specific individuals, having youth write down answers, or putting participants in pairs or small groups.
  • Providing multiple activities for students to practice group processing skills by leading a group check-in at the beginning of the program day, a reflection discussion after completing an activity, or add brainstorming sessions into the lesson.
  • Alternating activities between large group, small group, and individual activities.

For additional insight to the importance of group processing skills, check out these resources:

Group Processing

Get Students Working Effectively In Groups

What is Cooperative Learning?

Funding Opportunities

Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships Funding Alert

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

2020 Volunteer Generation Fund

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Serve DC, The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships, released a Request for Proposals for grant funding to help nonprofits effectively recruit, retain, and engage volunteers amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Serve DC will distribute a total of $75,000 in sub-grant awards of up to $7,500 per grantee. The deadline for organizations to apply is May 29, 2020. To view the Request for Proposals and learn more, visit Serve DC.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is now accepting applications for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant competition. The total funding available for 21st CCLC awards is $8.55 million. Applications must be submitted by 3 pm on Friday, June 12, 2020 in order to be eligible for review. The 21st CCLC Request for Applications and application submission guidance are available on OSSE’s webpage

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking to provide up to $35,000 and in-kind technical support to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations that create video projects that tell a unique story about a DC community or neighborhood. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to HumanitiesDC Digital Museum. Applications must be received by May 15, 2020. View application criteria, deadlines and more 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.

The Nora Roberts Foundation is accepting applications from programs operating in the Washington, DC area that focus on literacy, children, arts, and humanitarian efforts. Awarded grantees will receive up to $7,500. Applications must be submitted no later than June 1, 2020 for consideration. Learn more about the application process here.

The Lisa Libraries Book Donation Program

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with children in poor and underserved areas. The Lisa Libraries have a strong interest in supporting small, grass-roots organizations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for more information. 

For resources and additional information on the District of Columbia Government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

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

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