Learn24 Newsletter - November 20, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Education Research Analyst - Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Leadership Development Coordinator - District of Columbia Public Schools

College and Career Coordinator - District of Columbia Public Schools

Teen Advocate - The DC Children Advocacy Center

Director of Development - BUILD Metro DC

Community Volunteer Ambassador - National Park Service

Director of Programs - Project Create

Learn24 Events

Youth Voice - December 4, 2020 (Webinar)

Services, Opportunities, Supports (SOS) - December 8, 2020 (Webinar)

Structure and Clear Limits - December 16, 2020 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

People who Care for People with Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation - November 20-21, 2020 (Webinar)

Join the Garrison Institute for a virtual workshop exploring the immense resilience of the human spirit, and how to find greater balance when serving others. Sign up to attend this webinar here

How Parents Support Social and Emotional Learning at Home - November 24, 2020 (Webinar)

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and Urban Education Institute (UEI) will conduct an interactive presentation on how to effectively manage this new normal while making time for health and physical activity. Register today to attend this webinar

BOOSTer Summit: Building Resiliency for Educators, Students, and Families with Sanford Harmony - December 4, 2020 (Webinar)

Learn strategies to build resilience within yourself as well as with the students and families at this webinar hosted by Sanford Harmony and the BOOST Cafe. In order to provide meaningful support to students, educators must first understand what trauma does to kids. Register here to attend

How to Surmount Uncertainty, Reduce Stress and Ignite Learning - December 9, 2020 (Webinar)

Join this webinar hosted by Newsela to learn about the essential role of trusting relationships to manage stress, the power and responsibility to build a positive context and nurture a sense of belonging, and multi-dimensional tools and strategies to create shared ownership of a whole-child approach. More information can be found about this webinar here.

Understanding and Preventing Youth Bullying & Peer Victimization during the Pandemic - December 18, 2020 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by CASEL CARES is vital for anyone who supports young people to connect to experts in social and emotional learning on key topics. Gain valuable insights on the following topics: who is most at-risk for victimization during the pandemic, what does bullying and peer victimization look like during the pandemic, and how SEL is being used during the pandemic to reduce isolation and victimization. Register here to attend

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.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops from The Institute for Youth Development 

The Institute for Youth Development encourages youth development professionals in the District to participate in one of the upcoming workshops to learn new strategies that foster supportive environments for youth. 

Register now! Space is limited. 

OST Office Seeking Reviewers Assistance for Upcoming Grant Competitions

The OST Office is seeking grant application reviewers for the 2021 Summer Strong DC Grant Competitions. Individuals with expertise or background in youth development are strongly encouraged to volunteer. Interested individuals should complete this brief interest form.

Virtual OST Program Directory 

The OST Office in partnership with DC Action for Children and DCPS has compiled a directory of virtual OST programs for youth in the District of Columbia. This directory contains a listing of programs that are currently offering virtual out-of-school time (OST) programming for District of Columbia youth. While in-person learning may currently be closed for students, many of these providers are working to share and create virtual learning opportunities for students and families. Access the directory here

Community Opportunities


DC COVID Alert Notice (DC CAN) 

Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health has announced the DC COVID Alert Notice, also known as DC CAN, a new mobile exposure notification system for the District of Columbia.

DC CAN notifies you if you may have been exposed to COVID-19, allowing you to seek timely medical attention and reduce the risk for your family and friends. It was created with both public health and public trust in mind: It’s easy to use and ensures your privacy. No location or personally identifiable information is ever collected, stored, or transmitted while DC CAN is enabled.

Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/dccan to learn more.

Youth Thrive Needs Assistance Identifying Excellent Resources for Youth

Youth Thrive, an initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, needs help to identify examples of community-based resources, partnerships, activities, or programs that give young people (ages 9-26 years old) the opportunities and experiences they need to fulfill their dreams in a safe, loving, and equitable environment. Share an innovative program, activity, or opportunity for older children, youth, or young adults here.

Resources from the Field

Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning

A recent report from the Wallace Foundation highlights early lessons for schools and out-of-school time programs on how to carry out high-quality social and emotional learning (SEL) instruction. This report will help schools, out-of-school time providers, or both working together, adopt social and emotional learning programs and practices. School districts and OST intermediaries can work together to create a shared vision for SEL with frequent communication. Access the full report here

The Intersection of Developmental Relationships, Equitable Environments, and SEL

The Search Institute recently released a brief detailing ways a youth-serving organization can integrate social emotional learning into everything it does. Relationships are a critically important mechanism by which youth learn about themselves and about how to communicate and connect with another person. This brief will provide an understanding of young people's experiences of developmental relationships, equitable environments, and social-emotional competence, as well as how these experiences vary across settings and among young people with different racial backgrounds. Download the brief here.

Bridging Differences Playbook 

The Bridging Differences Playbook, created by The Greater Good Science Center and Bridging Differences, presents research-based strategies to practice. This Playbook identifies a set of skills and strategies that support positive dialogue, relationships, and understanding between groups or individuals. Review the playbook here

Funding Opportunities

2021 Summer Strong DC Grant Competitions

The Bowser Administration, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), and the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Summer Strong DC Grant Competitions. Nonprofit organizations that provide District children and youth with high quality and supportive out-of-school time (OST) programs during the summer months are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  View the Request for Applications (RFA) for each grant competition here.

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

Youth Garden Grant 2021

KidsGardening has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities since 1982. The 2021 Youth Garden Grant will award 30 nonprofit organizations, public or private schools, or youth programs that are expanding or planning a new garden program. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, December 18, 2020. More information about the application process can be found 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

Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants

The Cornell Douglas Foundation offers small grants to non-profit organizations that work to advocate for environmental health and justice, promote stewardship, and encourage respect for sustainability. With grant amounts averaging $10,000, the Foundation supports programs in environmental health, sustainability, and education for elementary and high school students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for more information about eligibility criteria and areas of interest.

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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