Learn24 Newsletter - March 18, 2021


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Early Childhood Behavioral Health Specialist - Department of Behavioral Health 

Learning, Development, and Inclusion Director - Leadership for Educational Equity

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships -  Urban Alliance

Managing Director - Homeless Children's Playtime Project

Food Growing Education Specialist - Capital Area Food Bank

Learn24 Events

OST Commission Meeting - March 25, 2021 (Virtual)

Development Youth Outcomes - April 2, 2021 (Webinar)

Trauma Informed Activity Design - April 5, 2021 (Webinar)

Restorative Justice - April 13 & 14, 2021 (Webinar)

Structure and Clear Limits - April 20, 2021 (Webinar)

Five Conversations - April 20, 2021 (Webinar)

Tutoring Best Practices and Multiple Intelligences - April 28, 2021 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Data Use in OST, Part III: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool - March 25, 2021 (Webinar)

There are many terrific free and low-cost resources that afterschool and summer programs can use for evaluation and continuous program improvement. This webinar conducted by Afterschool Alliance will provide valuable information for programs to  effectively tell the stories of their organization. Register today.

Creating High-Quality Virtual Learning Experiences: Lessons from the Field - March 25, 2021 (Webinar)

PEAR Institute will discuss in this webinar what defines quality virtual learning, how to restructure existing frameworks to implement quality virtual learning and promising practices, and more. Learn more information 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.

Understanding the Fundamentals of Nonprofit Organizations: An 8-part Business Law Course for Nonprofit Leaders  - April 6, 2021 (Webinar)

This 8-part course, hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement provides an overview of critical legal issues that apply to nonprofit organizations. Some information that will be discussed in this course include the basic IRS requirements for nonprofit organizations, best practices in nonprofit governance, the ABCs of insurance and risk management, and more. Register today.

The Power of Summer for Teacher Growth and Development - April 7, 2021 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by the National Summer Learning Association looks to discuss the best practices in summer professional learning, share strategies for energizing teachers after an exhausting year, and reviewing the research. Join this webinar to learn more by clicking here.

Foundations for Summer Learning - April 22, 2021 (Webinar)

Join School’s Out Washington for a 2-hour virtual, interactive workshop designed to teach foundational practices to run summer programs for youth.  This webinar will share resources for adapting programming and spend time in learning-community-style dialogues to discuss questions, ideas, and practices from the field. Learn more information here.

Exploring Structural Racism - May 4, 2021 (Webinar)

A thorough understanding of structural racism can help all professionals provide effective services for youth and their families. Join this session conducted by School's Out Washington to  explain structural racism, provide examples of and data on structural racism, and discuss implications for youth. Sign up 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.

Mayor Bowser Awards $2.92 Million in Grants to Provide Summer Programming for District Youth

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that $2.92 million will be awarded to 38 organizations that support more than 2,200 District youth with access to quality summer programming. The funding will be awarded from the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office). The funds distributed through these grant competitions will support summer programming in subject areas that include academics, arts, athletics, dance, cooking, financial literacy, mentoring, music, social emotional support, STEM, and much more. Organizations that are able to follow all safety and health protocols set by health officials will provide in-person programming, both in DC Public Schools and Public Charter School sites as well as other locations throughout the District, when guidance permits. 

Read the complete press release here.

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.

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

Become a Member of the DC Health Youth Advisory Council

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) is currently accepting applications for its Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The DC Health YAC will promote health and build leadership skills among DC youth to empower the next generation of DC leaders and public health professionals. The YAC will consist of 20 young people, ages 14-21, who live in the District of Columbia, attend a DC Public or Public Charter School, and have an interest in ensuring better health outcomes for youth and their communities. For more information, please click here.

American Diabetes Association Virtual Afterschool Program

The American Diabetes Association is sponsoring a free virtual afterschool program, called Project Power, for youth ages 5-12 that reside in the Washington DC area.  Project Power targets childhood obesity and teaches youth about healthy nutrition choices and the importance of incorporating an active lifestyle for long-term healthy outcomes. More information can be found here

Be Counted Campaign 2021 - Everyone Counts

To inform research, policies, practice, and professional development for the afterschool workforce, we, along with the National AfterSchool Association, are asking afterschool and youth development professionals and leaders to participate in the Be Counted Campaign—a brief survey about demographics and representation. Results will be compiled into the 2021 State of the Profession Report, providing workforce data to help solidify the profession and its essential role for young people, families, and communities. To learn more about this field-wide effort, click here.

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 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.

Visit Learn24.dc.gov for more information.

The Sheila Fortune Foundation (SFF) provides funding of up to $10,000 for art programs for "at-risk" youth. The SFF Board and staff uses this term to describe youth who are facing the challenges of poverty, juvenile delinquency, parental substance abuse and negligence. When minimal education and language barriers exist the difficulty is compounded and trying to deal with the challenges of staying in school are almost insurmountable. A purpose of the Sheila Fortune Foundation is to provide an outlet through the performing arts for the frustrated, anxious, and repressed feelings of the “at risk” youth. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2021. Review the application here.

David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Award

The David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund awards selected nonprofit leaders in the Greater Washington region up to $15,000 to attend an intensive executive training program. This professional development program will enhance leadership, creative thinking, strategy, and management skills. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2021. Learn more about focus areas, eligibility criteria, deadlines, and past awardees by clicking here

Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing 

America's Promise Alliance has launched a new round of the Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing. The Challenge will provide $250 mini-grants to US-based projects led by young people ages 13-19 and the application will be open until April 30, 2021. More information can be found here

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grant Competition. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support the implementation or expanding existing literacy programs, purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives,  or purchasing books, materials, or software for literacy programs.  Applications must be received by May 20, 2021. Program guidelines, a list of previous grant recipients, and application instructions are available here.


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