Learn24 Newsletter - January 8, 2021


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Training Instructor - Capital Guardian Challenge Academy

Program Specialist - Smithsonian Institution

Child and Youth Program Manager - Department of the Navy

Community Engagement Assistant - DC Greens

Multiple Positions Available - Horizons Greater Washington

Learn24 Events

Nurturing Resilience - January 14, 2021 (Webinar)

Planning and Reflection - January 19, 2021 (Webinar)

OST Commission Meeting - January 21, 2021 (Virtual) 

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

Professional Development Opportunities

How Educators Can Respond to Students Experiencing Trauma - January 12, 2021 (Webinar)

This session hosted by edWebinar will focus on the various types of trauma that students faced in 2020 and will continue to face in 2021. Attendees will learn about activities and resources that can assist them in responding to today's traumas and help them to prepare for the next crisis.  Register here

Shifting the Anti-racism Paradigm through Mentoring - January 13, 2021 (Webinar)

Join The Indiana Youth Institute for a workshop exploring how to leverage mentoring to advocate for paradigm shifts, with a particular focus on eradicating anti-Black racism. Sign up to attend this webinar today. 

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

Beyond School Hours - February 17 - 19, 2021 (Virtual Programming)

Join one of the nation’s premiere conferences for educators and leaders serving K-12 students in school, afterschool, summer, and beyond. Featuring more than 20 workshops with topics that range from arts education, trauma-informed practice, grade-level reading, equal access to STEM education, and more. Register today

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.

Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes Public Meeting (Virtual)

The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  The OST Commission will hear updates from the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes and the OST Commission.  Register to attend here.

Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify the OST Office in advance by phone at (202) 481-3932 or by email at learn24@dc.gov. Individuals should furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any, and if available, submit one electronic copy of their testimony by the close of business on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:00 pm.


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. 


Resources from the Field

Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event

This article by EducationWeek examines various tips, strategies and more to engage with students who may feel a sense of instability as the adults in their lives react to traumatic events. This article discusses some of the following topics:

  • Investigate students' emotions, without assumptions
  • Provide students space to share
  • Recognize how adult behavior impacts children
  • Seize teachable moments in the wake of difficult events

Read the entire article here

Every Summer Counts: A Longitudinal Analysis of Outcomes from the National Summer Learning Project

A recent publication by the RAND Corporation followed nearly 6,000 students to learn about the short and long-term benefits among students who consistently attended voluntary, summer learning programs. The findings suggest that well-planned, high-quality summer learning programs that combine academics and enrichment can produce meaningful benefits for attendees. Access the full report here

How to Build Trust and Boost Productivity Within Remote Teams

Gallup released an article examining various ways to increase productivity within teams in a remote setting. Managers, leaders, and organizations are given practical strategies and tactics to keep productivity consistently high in a remote setting. Find ways to build a productive remote environment 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.

Cultural Assumptions

Young people come from an increasingly diverse background. In addition, youth experiment with personal expressions – from dress code to music to language and behavior. As adults, we are sometimes challenged by these actions and may jump to conclusions about who they are and what they do.

Many youth face stereotypes daily. As youth workers individually can be deliberate about not giving into assumptions, and work on this in the work environments. As youth workers begin to think about work places, climate, and environment, it is important to explore ways to enhance and create safer environments for all young people – independent of race, ethnic group, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.

There are many ways to express - subtle and not so subtle - stereotypes and biases. These often manifest themselves in a variety of ways. Below, are examples of ways the stereotypes and biases can manifest themselves:

  • Language Bias: Dehumanizing, derogatory labels/names; sexist language.
    • Example: Using the term, ‘recent graduate’, can sometimes draw assumptions about the level or ability of that person.
  • Stereotyping: Members of a group are portrayed in one role, with one characteristic.
    • Example: Youth are seen playing football outside during free time so the youth worker assumes this is a high interest for all youth.
  • Exclusion: Lack of representation of a group.
    • Example: Typically, the same youth are chosen to lead group activities.
  • Misinformation: Faulty information is given on a group, event or activity.
    • Example: A youth worker tells another adult to watch for a student that will be in the classroom because they had problems out of the student the year prior.

Check out this link for additional information and join us in February for our interactive workshop, Cultural Assumptions from Adultism to Caring.


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.

2021 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant

The 2021 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant presented by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. A total of 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000 will be awarded. Grant amounts range from $500 to $1,000. Applications must be received by Friday, February, 5, 2021 to be considered. For more information, click here.

After School Advantage Program

The After School Advantage (ASA) Program strives to close the "Digital Divide" for children that do not have the means to access computers in today's increasingly digital society. ASA will fund organizations serving underprivileged, at-risk children ages 5 to 18. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please click here.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants 

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation provides grants that range from $500 to several million dollars to organizations working hard to improve the lives of urban children living in poverty. The foundation accepts proposals for specific areas within the education, family economic stability, and childhood health sectors. Programs must be able to demonstrate their progress toward helping children achieve their full potential through measurable data. Applications are accepted on a rolling basisclick here for more information regarding eligibility and how to get started. 

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