Learn24 Newsletter - September 25, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

School Programs Counseling Coordinator - District of Columbia Public Schools

Computer Assistant - Office of Unified Communications

Career Counselor - University of the District of Columbia

Middle School and Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator - Asian American LEAD

City Leaders Program Manager - For Love of Children

After School Program Assistant - SOME

Learn24 Events

Tutoring Best Practices and Multiple Intelligences - October 2, 2020 (Webinar)

Ask, Listen, Encourage - October 14, 2020 (Webinar)

Introduction to Youth Development - October 31, 2020 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Permission to Feel for Adults: Healthy Emotion Regulation During Uncertain and Stressful Times - September 25, 2020 (Webinar)

CASEL CARES will provide research-based strategies to support well-being, healthy decision making, relationship quality, and performance during these challenging times. Register today to learn more from experts in the SEL field.

Focusing Online Content for Short Attention Spans - September 29, 2020 (Webinar)

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will conduct a webinar on how to connect with individuals with short attention spans. Attendees will learn ways to show impact through text and photos. Sign up to attend here

Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis: Using evidence to support trauma-informed approaches to healing in afterschool - October 1, 2020 (Webinar)

In this webinar hosted by Afterschool Alliance, experts will gather to provide prospective on trauma-informed approaches as a critical lever to ensure educational equity, and discuss the importance of youth development programs in addressing adverse childhood experiences. Register here

Permission To Feel for Kids: How Adults can Support Children in Managing Emotions During Challenging Times - October 2, 2020 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by the CASEL CARES will discuss various research that has been conducted to assist children who are experiencing emotions such as anxiety, frustration, and boredom. As adults raising and teaching children, it's critical to make space for their feelings and to support them in discovering the strategies that work best for them. Learn more about this webinar 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.

Bowser Administration Announces $9.3 Million in Grants to Support Afterschool Programs for District Youth 

On September 17, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced $9.38 million in grant awards to 92 non-profit organizations. These grants are awarded through the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office), and the grantees will support more than 11,000 youth with access to quality out-of-school time (OST) programming throughout the District. Programs will be provided in many ways including virtual and in-person. All grantees are expected to resume in-person programming when health conditions and local guidance permits. Read the full press release here.

Help Families Locate Your Virtual OST Program 

The OST Office in partnership with DC Action for Children and DCPS is compiling a list of virtual OST programs for youth in the District of Columbia. Families are actively searching for programs and opportunities to engage youth beyond the classroom. Assist these families in their search by completing this brief form that will be used to create a directory for families. Please complete no later than October 15, 2020 to be included. 

Upcoming Virtual Workshops from The Institute for Youth Development 

The Institute for Youth Development is committed to providing youth development professionals with an opportunity to gain practical skills. Attendees will learn various concepts that promote a positive environment for youth.

Register now! Space is limited. 

Proposed Rulemaking for the OST Office 

Proposed rules for the OST Office has been posted in the District of Columbia Register and is accepting public comments. The proposed rules 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 than October 5, 2020. Access the register here.

Community Opportunities

MLK Library Reopens

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened with limited services on September 24, 2020 after a three-and-a-half-year renovation. The newly revitalized space will include over 200,000 new books, vast rows of public computers, DC history, power tools, music recording space, a rooftop garden, and more. Learn more about the reopening here

Get a sneak peek of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library here.

DCPS Offering Online Workshops for Parents

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Parent University is a workshop series for families facilitated by the Communications and Engagement Office. These sessions are designed to help families play important roles in supporting student learning and growth. This series of free online workshops will support DCPS families as students learn at home. RSVP for one of the below workshops here.

  • September 24, 5:30 pm - Conversation is the New "Talk"
  • October 1, 5:30 pm - Paying for College: FAFSA 101 (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • October 8, 5:30 pm - College Admissions 101 
  • October 15, 5:30 pm - Supporting Students To and Through College

Resources from the Field

Adult SEL Self-Assessment

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has developed a framework and process for staff to reflect on their own social and emotional growth. Insights gained from this personal reflection tool can be effectively used during SEL professional learning. Download the resource here.

Responding to Crisis Within A Tiered Supports System

Turnaround for Children has created a new set of tools and resources to help support staff, schools, and school systems. The crisis component of a tiered support system allows for students who are experiencing disruptions in their health, mood, behavior, and/or skill development to receive individualized support immediately. Read more here

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

Ben & Jerry's Foundation to Grant Organizations Focused on Social Change

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program is offering grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations with budgets under $500,000 for activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change. Applications must be received by Thursday, October 15, 2020 to be considered. Visit benandjerrysfoundation.org for more information.

American Association of University Women Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women is offering grant assistance to community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Grant awards range from $3,000 to $10,000. Applications must be received by December 1, 2020. View information regarding eligibility, selection criteria, regulations, required components, and more here

The Classics for Kids Foundation provides grants to schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen music education and string instrument programs. Grants are designed to forge strong local connections between students, families, and communities. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2020. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, click here

The Harry Chapin Foundation Education Grant

The mission of the Harry Chapin Foundation is to support organizations that have demonstrated their ability to dramatically improve the lives and livelihood of people by helping them to become self-sufficient. The foundation focuses its grant making on community education programs, arts-in-education programs, and agricultural and environmental programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More information can be found here.

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