Learn24 Newsletter - March 4, 2021


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Management & Program Analyst - Department of Youth Rehabilitations 

Outreach Specialist - Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)

Chief Strategy Officer - Parents Amplifying Voices in Education

Transition Specialist - Community Connections

Community Engagement & Social Media Manager - DC Youth Orchestra Program

Learn24 Events

Active Learning - March 5, 2021 (Webinar)

Healing Moments - March 8, 2021 (Webinar)

Youth Mental Health First Aid for DC Educators - March 10, 2021 (Webinar)

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Prevention (CPI) - March 12, 2021 (Webinar)

Resilient Leadership - March 15, 2021 (Webinar)

Best Practices of Youth Work - March 16, 2021 (Webinar)

OST Commission Meeting - March 25, 2021 (Virtual)

Professional Development Opportunities

Stability and Change in Afterschool Systems - March 11, 2021 (Webinar)

Hear from leaders from afterschool systems around the country to hear how their work has progressed, the impact of systems on their communities, and their insights for the future at this webinar hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment. Click here to attend. 

Equity and Access: How to Ensure all Kids are Reading - March 18, 2021 (Webinar)

Learn how to use online engagement tools and reading goals to motivate students and make them feel excited about what they are reading at this webinar hosted by Glose for Education. Register today to learn more ways to help make an impact on students' reading skills. Sign up here.

SEL Essentials - March 31, 2021 (Webinar)

This workshop conducted by the Forum for Youth Investment provides an overview of the 8 essential elements for readying and deepening a program’s efforts to foster social, emotional, and cognitive development are explained, examining how SEL competencies, staff practices, and program design interact to support positive student outcomes regardless of program curriculum or content. Sign up here.

Fellowship Forum: Critical Thought & Contemplative Wisdom for Our Times with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - April 14, 2021 (Webinar)

The Garrison Institute Forum will host a compelling discussion on critical social thought, prophetic witness, contemplative wisdom, and more with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Register here to attend this webinar.

Engaging Families: A Relationship-Centered Approach - April 21-22, 2021 (Webinar)

Search Institute will conduct a two-day workshop on how supporting, empowering, and engaging families help youth thrive. Attendees will hear how to be more intentional in cultivating positive, meaningful relationships with families. Register to attend by clicking here.

Reimagine the Future of Afterschool:Building Back Better with Youth and Communities - April 28-30, 2021 (Webinar)

At the 2021 Every Hour Counts National Institute, gather virtually to reimagine the future of afterschool and what’s possible to engage, empower, and support young people. Explore how to develop community-wide solutions with young people and all leaders from across communities. Learn more information 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.

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. 

Support OST Programs This Tax Season

Consider supporting out-of-school-time (OST) programs this tax season by making a Contribution to Taxpayer Support for Afterschool Programs for At-Risk Students on your DC individual income tax form, under the contributions section on Schedule U part II, line 2. These funds will support grants to help bring safe and meaningful opportunities to at-risk youth in the District of Columbia beyond the school day.

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, March 25, 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 Tuesday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm.

OST Office Seeking Reviewers Assistance for Upcoming Grant Competitions

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

Community Opportunities

Applications Deadline Extended for the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program

The application deadline for the 2021 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) has been extended until Saturday, March 6, 2021. District youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are encouraged to apply online at summerjobs.dc.gov

In 2020, MBSYEP was able to continue during the pandemic by going online and providing six weeks of telework experience for approximately 9,000 youth. Employers who are interested in supporting young people through the Summer Youth Employment Program can learn more at summerjobs.dc.gov.

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.

Learning requires the use of various approaches that can often align to multiple intelligences. In 1983, psychologist Howard Gardner identified eight kinds of intelligences which are ways individuals process information. Gardner found that people possess all of the intelligences at different levels or abilities. Youth development practitioners can identify intelligences within groups in order to tailor programming so that the youth can learn based on strengths. The multiple intelligences Gardner identified are: 

  • Verbal/Linguistic (Word Smart)- consists of the ability to think in words and use words to express oneself and to problem solve.
  • Logical/Mathematical (Logic Smart)- consists of the ability to use numbers. This encompasses three areas math, science, and logic.
  • Visual/Spatial (Picture Smart)- the ability to think in three dimensions, transform images, visually discriminate images, recreate, navigate, sculpt, build, and paint.
  • Bodily/Kinesthetic (Body Smart)- uses the body to enhance the thinking process. It enables you to manipulate objects and fine-tune physical skills.
  • Musical/Rhythmic (Music Smart)- there are three areas of musical intelligence- pitch, rhythm, and quality of sound. It is complex to identify a student's musical intelligence because a broad range exists.
  • Interpersonal (People Smart)- the ability to understand and work with people. The ability to understand and communicate with others and to understand their moods and attitudes are aspects of this intelligence.
  • Intra-personal (Self Smart)- deals with the ability to understand one's self and direct one's life. Qualities such as motivation, determination, and empathy exist in this area of intelligence.
  • Naturalistic (Nature smart)- deals with the ability to make distinctions. Nature smart people can recognize and categorize plants and animals.

Learn about the various intelligences, examples of intelligences, and ways to engage youth based on those intelligences at the “Tutoring Best Practices and Multiple Intelligences” workshop.

Additional information on multiple intelligences can be found here.

Source: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/intelligence/teaching-methods/2204.html

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

Learn24: RFA Seeking Subcontractors to Work Directly with Coordinating Entities in Summer 2021

On behalf of Learn24 Coordinating Entities that will be announced in March, the OST Office is accepting applications from high-quality subcontractors (vendors) to provide educational, social, emotional, and/or physical health opportunities and activities for children at DC Housing Authority and DC Department of Human Services short-term family housing sites. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

There will be two information sessions for potential applicants to discuss the current RFA, ask questions, and learn more about the application process:

Visit Learn24.dc.gov for more information.

RiverSmart Schools Small-Scale Schoolyard Conservation and Teacher Training Program

The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) seeks eligible entities to help control, prevent, and remediate nonpoint sources of polluted runoff to District waters and the Chesapeake Bay by funding small-scale schoolyard conservation projects and training teachers to use these new schoolyard assets. The program also seeks to engage, educate, and empower District residents to become stewards of the District's waters and the Chesapeake Bay. The amount available for the project is approximately $65,000 for a 24-month period. The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021. Apply here.

Fiscal Year 2021 Healthy Schools Grant

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is currently accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2021 Healthy Schools Grant. The goal of this grant is to support schools with implementing high-quality 1) health education and physical education; and 2) place-base education programs. Eligible entities may apply for an award up to $120,000 per program area. Interested programs are required to submit a non-binding letter of intent by March 8, 2021. Learn more about eligibility criteria, areas of interest, focus areas, and grant period here

Shape America is accepting applications for the Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant to support recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. Grants are awarded up to $1,500 per year. For consideration, applications must be received by June 1, 2020. Review the application 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.

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