Learn24 Newsletter - September 11, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Supervisory Grants Management Specialist - Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Youth Engagement Development Manager - Covenant House of Greater Washington

Youth Development Specialist - Making Cents International

Outreach and Resource Developer - AmeriCorps

Data Coordinator - East River Family Strengthening Collaborative

Learn24 Events

Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention - September 16, 2020 (Webinar)

Virtual Learning Tools - September 24, 2020 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Good Nutrition Matters: Experts Share Healthy Tips, Quick Meal Tricks and Back to School Strategies for Learning Success - September 16, 2020 (Webinar)

Join the National Summer Learning Association to learn how to make the most of mealtime with chef and cookbook author Kate Winslow. Attendees will learn some affordable and kid-friendly recipes. Register today to attend.

Building Equitable Learning Environments in Crisis Mode - September 18, 2020 (Webinar)

CASEL CARES will offer perspectives from expert voices and offer educators with limited budget and time a starting point with recommendations on what to prioritize this school year. Learn more about this webinar here.

Second Step SEL and Bullying Prevention for K-5: Power to Create a Positive School Climate - September 22, 2020 (Webinar)

In this webinar, hosted by Second Step, individuals will hear ways to create the foundation for positive relationships and assertiveness skills. The staff training, student lessons, and family materials of the Bullying Prevention Unit build on that foundation to develop a healthy school environment that's safe and welcoming for all learners. Register today

SEL and Mindfulness: Cultivating Resilience Inside and Outside the Classroom - September 23, 2020 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by Norton Books in Education will share promising practices for mindfully cultivating resilience the well-being of and support for youth's social and emotional learning and development. Learn about evidence-based approaches for reducing stressing and promoting growth in the midst of these challenging times. Register here

Keep Connected Institute - October 19-23, 2020 (Webinar)

The Search Institute will host a virtual workshop to help youth serving organizations deepen family relationships with each other in their everyday lives, enhance family communication, create community, and build trust with families. More information can be found here.

Note: References to events, workshops, organizations, or activities do not serve as an endorsement or recommendation from the OST Office, Learn24 or the Government of the District of Columbia.

Proposed Rulemaking for the OST Office 

Proposed rulemaking for the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) has been posted in the District of Columbia Register and is accepting public comments. The proposal includes information for all nonprofits and distinguishes the various requirements for competitive and non-competitive grants. Comments should be sent to Debra Eichenbaum (debra.eichenbaum@dc.gov), Grants Management Specialist no later October 5, 2020. Access the register here.

The OST Office is Hiring! 

The OST Office is currently accepting applications for a Supervisory Grants Management Specialist. Applications must be received by Monday, September 14, 2020 to be considered. For more information or to apply, please click here. Three additional positions (2 Grants Management Specialists and 1 Data Analyst) will be posted in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops from The Institute for Youth Development 

Participate in one of the upcoming workshops hosted by The Institute. These interactive workshops are foundational for any individual working with youth. Attendees will learn various concepts that promote a positive environment for youth.

Register now! Space is limited. 

Locate 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 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.

“All behavior is a form of communication” - Crisis Prevention Institute

Participants hear this quote during the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training which often sparks lots of discussions, venting sessions, reflections, and sometimes confusion. Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is an evidence-based training curriculum developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). The intervention defines the development of a crisis into four distinct behavior levels and provides four distinct responses for each behavior level, called an integrated experience.

The four behavior levels are:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Defensive
  3. Risk Behavior
  4. Tension Reduction

According to the CPI model, there is an appropriate response associated with each behavior level and the training model provides in-depth scenarios that allows participants to put the appropriate responses into practice. This model is a great tool for adults to use for de-escalating behaviors in the classroom and program spaces.

Verbal intervention skills can help adults respond in the safest most effective ways, when de-escalating behaviors are present, and can be essential to avoid physical confrontations. Although adults cannot control someone else’s behavior or response, we can control our own behavior. Here are a few tips that have proven to be effective in reducing anxiety and defensiveness during a crisis situation:

  1. Remain calm
  2. Use common language
  3. Remove the audience
  4. Maintain positive body language
  5. Use active listening skills
  6. Restate what the person is saying
  7. Set limits

For more strategies and tips on Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, register for the  free workshop on September 16, 2020 here.

Community Opportunities

A National Town Hall on Distance Learning

PBS, Khan Academy and Learning Heroes will conduct a virtual town hall will provide expert advice and practical tips in English and Spanish on how to keep children motivated, emotionally strong, and on track academically. This virtual town hall will answer parents' questions, offer guidance, and provide practical tips. Register for the town hall here.

Maryland MENTOR Network Seeking New Mentors

The 500 Virtual Mentor Challenge is an initiative of Maryland MENTOR to respond to the exacerbated need for additional social, emotional and academic supports for young people as they navigate already fragile networks of support amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland MENTOR Network is seeking 500 new adult mentors across the Washington DC area. For more information on how to participate, please contact, Sadiq Ali

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

The Goddess Project Grant

Roth Cheese is committed to the development and empowerment of leaders, and helping them inspire others in their communities. Roth Cheese created The Goddess Project to provide funding for not-for-profit projects that benefit the community. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to chosen recipients. The The deadline to apply is September 30, 2020. For more information, please click here

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of DC-area residents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable and underserved individuals. Applications must be received by November 2, 2020. View information regarding the application process, funding restrictions, previous grant recipients, and more, here.

Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation to Award $2 Million to Organizations that Promote Art 

The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Philanthropic Arts ("P/Arts") Program. The "P/Arts" Program will award a total of $2 million dollars to organizations that use art and art education to create a more immersive and engaging atmosphere for learners.  Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to local non-profit, tax-exempt public charities, accredited schools, universities, government agencies, or public agencies. Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of November 15, 2020. For more information, please click here.

Walmart to Fund Nonprofits up to $5K

The Walmart Foundation Local Community Grant Program will award grants of up to $5,000 to support nonprofit organizations that focus on addressing the unique needs of their communities. Applications must be received by December 31, 2020. Apply here.

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