Learn24 Newsletter - April 1, 2021


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Supervisory Grants Management Specialist- Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Chief Program Officer - DC SCORES

Program Director - Girls on the Run

Education Programs Manager - Hillwood Museum

Academic Counselor - Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

Manager of Education - Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington

Learn24 Events

Developmental 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

Here & Now: How Technology Supports Safe and Successful Afterschool Programs for Families and Staff - April 14, 2021 (Webinar)

The MySchoolBucks team will look at the changes in the world that have recently shaped how programs are run  safely and successfully during this time.  Join this webinar to review key technological trends that have shaped how to address some of today's challenges head on. Sign up here.

Measuring & Supporting Student Well-Being: A Researcher and District Leader Roundtable - April 19, 2021 (Webinar)

Supportive relationships with peers, school staff, and family members both indicate and promote student well-being. This webinar hosted by EducationWeek will help attendees learn how to understand positive psychology research on social supports, emotions, and students well-being. Register to attend here

The Benefits of Computer Science in Afterschool - April 22, 2021 (Webinar)

Learn creative ways to introduce computer science with or without computers at this webinar hosted by Click2ComputerScience. Sign up to attend here

Learning from Student Perspectives - April 23, 2021 (Webinar)

Young people nationwide have been vocalizing how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lives -from the complex challenges they faced to the opportunities they seized. Hear data from CASEL CARES and YouthTruth that is informing efforts in school communities, and how a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) can help ensure a responsive and adaptive approach. Learn more information here.

Cultural Crossroads: Exploring the Important Intersection of Summer Program Training & Design with the Critical Need to Address Race, Equity, and Inclusion - April 28, 2021 (Webinar)

Join the National Summer Learning Association for a webinar to discuss the important role summer and afterschool programs play in providing a safe space for student learning and exploration, especially for BIPOC students. Upfront training can provide context on racial equity and access amid the COVID-19 pandemic and help organizations understand how to better support BIPOC staff as they navigate their own challenges in the space. 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.

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 and youth residing 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.

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 list of upcoming workshops helps promote a positive environment with youth.

Register now! Space is limited. 

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.

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.

Community Opportunities

DC Teacher Recruitment Fair

DC Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair

For the second year in a row, EdFuel, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, and the DC Public Charter School Board are providing a safe way for current and prospective teachers to connect virtually with schools, educator preparation programs, and district government agencies.

Join this free two-day, citywide DC Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

To register and to learn more, please visit edfuel.org/dcfair/. If you have any questions, reach out to dcjobfairsupport@edfuel.org.

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.

In March's edition of Promising Practices from the Field, we explored the meaning of the eight multiple intelligences and how the various intelligences relate to youth served in programming. As multiple intelligences are identified for each youth, this information can be used in tailoring tutoring sessions to meet the specific needs of the youth. Although staff may not identify as tutors, a tutor is simply a person who provides additional, special, or basic instruction. The purpose of tutoring is to help youth help themselves, or to assist or guide them to the point at which they become independent learners, and thus no longer need a tutor. When it comes to tutoring, here are some best practices that will ensure youth fully benefit from the tutoring session. 

  • Build a strong, personal relationship with the student
  • Set clear goals about what the student is trying to accomplish each session
  • Offer support and ask questions without giving students the answers
  • Be patient and keep a positive attitude, especially if the student is struggling
  • Include a variety of activities and approaches to appeal to multiple intelligences

Register for the Tutoring Best Practices and Multiples Intelligences workshop here to learn more about how multiple intelligences can be used in conjunction with tutoring best practices in creating the most effective tutoring session for youth. Additionally, find more information about adapting instruction to multiple intelligences here.

Resources from the Field

DC Health: Phase Two Guidance for Gyms and Fitness Activities

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) recently released updated guidance, behaviors, and safeguards to reduce risk for gyms and fitness facilities during Phase Two. Read the updated guidance here.

4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Promote Meaningful Participation in Afterschool

A recent blog posting at the BOOST Cafe, discusses four things that promote meaningful participation in afterschool programs that can be implemented immediately. As youth return to afterschool programs after a year of isolation it is imperative to provide opportunities for learning that are meaningful. Programs should look to implement these four things:

  • Leadership
  • Youth as helpers
  • Use portfolios to help participants reflect on their progress and accomplishments
  • Plan a project that will benefit the community

Read the entire article here

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

$1K Grant for Ideas to Make DC More Awesome

The DC chapter of the Awesome Foundation is offering $1,000 grants to nonprofit organizations that make DC more awesome. DC residents interested in improving the District of Columbia through arts, culture, and/or community experiences are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit an application is April 18, 2021. The full application can be found here

Philip L. Graham Fund

The Philip L. Graham Fund supports local nonprofit organizations that provide both essential and enriching programs to the communities in the Washington, DC area. Grant awards of up to $75,000 will be awarded in the following interest areas; arts and humanities, community endeavors, education, and health and human services. Applications are due by April 30, 2021. Learn more about focus areas, eligibility criteria, deadlines, and past awardees by clicking here

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award program will award up to $25,000 to community-based organizations that use sports to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. Applications must be received by May 5, 2021 to be considered. More information about selection criteria, past awardees, and the application process can be found here.

The Society for Science STEM Action Grant program awards innovative nonprofit organizations, led by social entrepreneurs, that support community based STEM projects and whose work supports the Society’s mission. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to selected candidates. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2021. Review the application here.

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