Learn24 Newsletter - December 7, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Early Childhood Intervention Supervisor Healthy Futures - Department of Behavioral Health

Library Manager - District of Columbia Public Library

Entrepreneurial Program Manager - Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital 

eLearning Specialist - National Association for the Education of Young Children

DC Programs Manager - Asian American Lead

Learn24 Events

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

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

Professional Development Opportunities

Connecting the Dots: System Thinking and Organization Change - December 9, 2020 (Webinar)

This course hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement will help managers from all experience levels (from aspiring to seasoned) and backgrounds better understand their role within the context of the broader organization, and learn how to break through internal silos and inter-departmental conflicts. Register here

The Intersection of Developmental Relationships, Equitable, Environments, and SEL - December 10, 2020 (Webinar)

Join The Forum for Youth Investment and the Search Institute for a session on how to utilize new evidence to accelerate progress towards upending inequities that stifle youth success. Learn more about how adolescents experiences with adults differ. Register here

Three Goal-Setting Strategies for Student Growth in Shifting Learning Environments  - December 16, 2020 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by Newsela will help attendees gain an understanding of how to create and adapt a framework for in-person, remote, and hybrid learning environments. Register to attend 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.

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 below:


LAST CALL: OST Office Seeking Grant Reviewers

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.

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 that can be implemented in their interactions with youth immediately. This listing of upcoming workshops helps promote a positive environment with youth.

Register now! Space is limited. 

Train Your Team Virtually

Improve staff competencies by hosting a training through The Institute for Youth Development (The Institute). The Institute offers free virtual on-demand workshops to youth development professionals serving District of Columbia youth. A minimum commitment of 10 participants are required to host the workshop; request a training here. Email questions to learn24@dc.gov.

Please note: Requests should be scheduled at least six weeks in advance.

Community Opportunities

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DC COVID Alert Notice (DC CAN) 

Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health have 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 to 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.


Virtual EdFEST 2020

EdFEST, DC's annual public school fair, will be held virtually this year on Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students and families will be able to explore the city's public and public charter school options (PK3 – Grade 12), chat directly with school representatives, and learn about the public school lottery – all from their device. With the launch of the public school lottery application on December 14, 2020 for the 2021-22 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help youth and families make informed choices. Register 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.

Core Competencies for Youth Workers

As a professional learning community, it is important to have standards to ensure that expectations remain the same regardless of where a professional lives or works. Strong youth workers come equipped with similar Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes that strengthen the Supports, Opportunities, and Services (SOS) that are provided to youth. The National Afterschool Association (NAA) identifies ten (10) core areas of knowledge and competencies, summarized below, that all afterschool and youth development professionals can apply to their work.

  • Child/Youth Growth and Development – design a program that meets the developmental needs of children and adolescents.
  • Learning Environments and Curriculum - create a high-quality learning environment by utilizing curricula and program activities that are age-appropriate.
  • Child/Youth Observation and Assessment - observe and assess techniques and tools to support the individual needs of participants.
  • Interactions with Children and Youth - recognize the importance of relationships and communication to support children and youth in their development.
  • Youth Engagement - partner with children and youth to foster appropriate child and youth leadership and voice.
  • Cultural Competencies and Responsiveness - promote respect for cultural diversity and create inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environments.
  • Family, School, and Community Relationships - build respectful, reciprocal relationships across settings to promote optimal development for children and youth.
  • Safety and Wellness - ensure the safety and wellness of children and youth by implementing prevention, preparedness, and health and safety practices.
  • Program Planning and Development - support staff in modeling healthy relationships and provide appropriate resources for a developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Professional Development and Leadership - commit to continuous learning, and advocate for best practices and policies for children, youth, and youth development professionals.

It is necessary to recognize why each competency is important, and then to identify resources or strategies that will help to develop the skills. Learn more here, and join The Institute next month for a deeper dive into the competencies.

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth

The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grant funding for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and adults working with youth populations. This grant opportunity focuses on utilizing conflict resolution education and training to enhance the ability of youth to find their voice and increase feelings of empowerment and safety in settings such as foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and youth correctional facilities. The maximum grant award is $40,000. An initial project description must be submitted no later than January 11, 2021. Learn more here.

Kars4Kids Small Grants

The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives around the country, helping impact more children. The maximum grant amount is $2,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, click here.

National Home Library Foundation Grant

The National Home Library Foundation grants are made available to assist in the support, promotion, and development of literacy and reading-related programs to combat illiteracy and/or encourage an interest in reading and literacy among all ages. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to organizations operating in the Greater Washington DC area. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Find out more about this grant opportunity here.

Believe in Reading

Believe in Reading awards grants to nonprofit organizations that offer existing and provably successful literacy programs. The maximum grant award amount is $10,000. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, click here.

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