Learn24 Newsletter - October 9, 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

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

Library Program Coordinator - DC Public Library

Supervisory Youth Development Representative - Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center - Americorps

Program Manager - GOOD Projects

Learn24 Events

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

Learn24 Cafe: Ways to Support Youth and Families during COVID-19 - October 22, 2020 (Webinar)

Introduction to Youth Development - October 30, 2020 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

A (Re)introduction to Social and Emotional Learning: CASEL’s Definition and Framework - October 9, 2020 (Webinar)

CASEL CARES will share an updated definition and framework for SEL, including enhanced descriptions of the five core social and emotional competencies, key settings school-family-community partnerships, and theory of action for effective implementation. Register today to join this webinar. 

The National Summer Learning Project Follow-Up Conversation: A Thought Leader Session - October 13, 2020 (Webinar)

The Forum for Youth Investment will discuss how districts have adapted to this new form of virtual educational engagement, and what lessons may be applied to virtual or hybrid school environments for the 2020-21 school year Register here to attend. 

Essential Trauma-Informed Practices During COVID-19 Recovery - October 13, 2020 (Webinar)

In this new educational climate, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, students and families need support from a trauma-informed lens. Join edWebinar to explore the topic of trauma, the brain, and effective strategies to help teachers, students, and their families reach positive outcomes in school and at home. Sign up to attend today. 

Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis, Part II: How to Create Healing-Centered Environments in Afterschool - October 13, 2020 (Webinar)

Afterschool Alliance will gather experts to provide practical tips and suggestions on how to create healing-centered environments in afterschool programs, ensure educational equity, and discuss the important role of youth development programs in addressing adverse childhood experiences. Learn more about this webinar here

Environmental Workshop for Early Educators - October 21, 2020 (Webinar)

This workshop hosted by OSSE will focus on the environmental experiences of early learners. Learn environmental education and how to encourage children to explore, discover, and communicate in expressive ways. Teachers and educators will be provided with resources to facilitate learning and support families in outdoor exploration and play. Sign up to attend 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 DCPS Plans

This week, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her plan to provide in-person learning experiences for DC Public Schools (DCPS) students beginning Term 2, which begins Monday, November 9, 2020. Read the full plan here

The OST Office is Hiring! 

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) is currently accepting applications for (2) Grants Management Specialists and a Data Analyst. Applications must be received by Sunday, October 11, 2020 to be considered. 

View the Grants Management Specialist position description here

View the Data Analyst position description here


Upcoming Virtual Workshops from The Institute for Youth Development 

The Institute for Youth Development invites youth development professionals to come learn new strategies and concepts that support positive engagements with youth at one of the following upcoming workshops.

Register now! Space is limited. 


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. 

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.

Turning Passion into Results for Young People

By: Evroy Marrett, Learn24 Trainer

A high percentage of professionals enter the youth development field because they possess an unbelievable passion and love for working with young people. This level of passion is admirable and should be a pre-requisite for working in the field. However, as each professional grows their youth development tool kit with strategies that increase their effectiveness as a practitioner, passion should also begin to transform into achievable results.

One of the most effective ways that each practitioner can increase the probability of successfully preparing youth for this journey is by employing the research, strategies, and concepts of Developmental Youth Outcomes.

Developmental Youth Outcomes are the attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that practitioners hope all youth will achieve as a result of their participation and engagement in their respective programs. Youth outcomes are divided into two categories of identity and ability. When children and youth demonstrate a positive identity they have a sense of personal well-being and a sense of connection to commitment to others. When children and youth demonstrate ability they gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prepare them for college, career, and life. The below table provides the six attributes in the areas of ability and identity:


Areas of Ability

Areas of Identity

Physical Health

Safety and Structure

Mental Health


Intellectual Ability

Mastery and Future


Belonging and Membership

Civic and Social Ability

Responsibility and Autonomy

Cultural Ability

Self-Awareness and Spirituality

Focusing on Developmental Youth Outcomes will help practitioners turn their passions into achievable results that have a measurable component. This will simultaneously help young people attain results in specific areas of their lives effectively turning success into measurable objectives.

Find additional information here and look for our Developmental Youth Outcomes workshop coming up next month.


Resources from the Field

DME Edsight - Ensuring Devices for Learning at Home During Coronavirus

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) released a new Edsight, examining how Washington, DC is ensuring students have devices and internet access while learning at home. Public charter schools and DCPS have as many as 74,250 learning devices available to public school students, and up to 63,390 students can receive assistance accessing the internet. Access the full Edsight here

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

Ben & Jerry's Foundation's Renewal Grants to 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.

Diverse City Fund Grants

Diverse City Fund awards grants to people of color-led social justice projects in DC. Successful awardees can receive up to $15,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30, 2020. Learn more about the eligibility, selection criteria, information sessions, and more here

Many Hands Grants

Many Hands is accepting grant applications from Washington, DC area nonprofits serving women, children, and families in socioeconomic need. Focus areas include economic empowerment, education, health, and housing. One organization will receive the Many Hands $100,000 Impact Grant. Applications must be received by November 2, 2020. View the application here.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation is offering awards of up to $2,000 for individuals and nonprofits in the Greater Washington DC area. Organizations that engage diverse communities and help grassroots leaders implement their ideas are encouraged to apply. Apply before November 2, 2020 to be considered. Learn more here

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