Learn24 Newsletter - December 17, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

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

Policy Analyst - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

Program Specialist - Child and Family Services Agency

Site Coordinator - The MusicianShip

Marketing and Strategy Analyst - Leadership for Educational Equity

Alumni Support & College Success Manager - City Kids Wilderness Project

Development Manager - Horizons Greater Washington

Bookkeeper - Common Good City Farm

Learn24 Events

Nurturing Resilience - January 14, 2021 (Webinar) 

Planning and Reflection - January 19, 2021 (Webinar)

Core Competencies of Youth Workers - January 26, 2021 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

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

Community Grounding Session: A Restorative Circle with Angel Acosta - December 21, 2020 (Webinar)

This workshop hosted by the Garrison Institute will provide  individuals with a generative and restorative experience. With a deep awareness of the global pandemic, the legacies of structural inequality, and impact of intergenerational trauma, this workshop will serve as a space to connect with others across various dimensions of difference. Register to attend today.  

Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass Series: Sipp Culture - January 11, 2021 (Webinar)

The National Guild for Community Arts Education will offer the opportunity to listen to intimate conversations with six BIPOC-led arts organizations that center anti-racism in mission and practice. Learn more about this webinar here.

Teacher Reflections: Discoveries about Teaching & Learning That Will Last Beyond the Pandemic - January 22, 2021 (Webinar)

Join CASEL CARES for a webinar to discuss how challenges became discoveries that will lead to equitable SEL innovations beyond the pandemic. Sign up to attend 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.

Happy Holidays and a Year in Review!

The team at the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) would like to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday season and best wishes into the new year. 

Although the year 2020 has brought a variety of challenges, we have still celebrated a number of accomplishments:

  • Three-year anniversary of the OST Office.
  • The grantmaking process is now being managed internally.
  • During Fiscal Year 2020, 840 individuals participated in professional development opportunities hosted by The Institute for Youth Development. 
  • In Fiscal Year 2020, $10.5 million in grants was awarded to 107 non-profit organizations that provided services for more than 10,000 youth. Access the FY20 Annual Report here
  • A total of $156,928.00 was contributed by District residents on the 2019 DC Individual Income Tax Form. These funds will be used to support grants to organizations that provide educational and enrichment opportunities for homeless youth or those residing in public housing communities.

As we look forward to 2021, we ask that you share your expertise, stay engaged, and utilize your voice to advocate for high-quality OST programs for all youth in the District of Columbia.

The OST Office is Hiring! 

The OST Office is currently accepting applications for a Grants Management Specialist applications must be received by Thursday, December 31, 2020 to be considered. For more information or to apply, please click here

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. 

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.

DPR Winter Program Registration

Winter registration is now open for virtual programming hosted by the District of Columbia Parks and Recreation. Program sessions will begin on a rolling basis starting on Monday, January 4, 2021. Learn more here

Resources from the Field

Turnaround for Children: Well-Being Index

Turnaround for Children recently developed a free new tool: The Well-Being Index helps educators support students in understanding and protecting their own well-being, rather than leaving educators to make assumptions about students based solely on observable actions or life circumstances. This tool is a brief self-assessment designed to capture a holistic view of each student's sense of their own physical, emotional, and social health. Access the full document here.

Search Institute: Relationships First

Learn about how developmental relationships can be used when working with young people with this free publication from the Search Institute - Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive. This publication identified five critical elements and 20 specific actions that create the developmental relationship framework. View the publication here

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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

Captain Planet Foundation Accepting Applications for Ecotech Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation will grant $2,500 to nonprofit organizations that motivate children to use innovation, nature-based design, and/or technology to address an environmental problem in their communities. For consideration, please submit applications by January 15, 2021. Learn more here

Middle School OST Programs Eligible for $100k in Grants

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle school students. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. The maximum grant award for this competition is $100,000. Applications must be received by February 1, 2021.  Apply here!

Herb Block Foundation Pathways Out of Poverty Grant

The Herb Block Foundation seeks proposals for its Pathways Out of Poverty program which focus on improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to help young people in the greater Washington, DC region gain a quality education. Letters of intent are due no later than February 4, 2021 For complete program guidelines and applications, click here.

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