Learn24 Newsletter - June 10, 2021


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Director of Budget and Performance - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

Director of Advocacy - Parents Amplifying Voices in Education

Director of Stakeholder Engagement - CityBridge Education

Program Officer - Washington Urban Debate League

Program Coordinator - DC Action for Children

Multiple Positions Available - Atlas Arts Center

Learn24 Events

School Year 2021-22 Small Nonprofit Grant Information Session - June 15, 2021 (Webinar)

Essentials of SEL - June 16, 2021 (Webinar)

Essentials of SEL - June 16, 2021 (Webinar)

School Year 2021-22 Grant Information Session - June 17, 2021 (Webinar) 

Logic Model Workshop - June 21, 2021 (Webinar)

Logic Model Workshop - June 23, 2021 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Building Community in Digital and Hybrid Programming - June 16, 2021 (Webinar)

Foundations Inc, will share high-tech and low-tech strategies for connecting and creating caring environments used during the Covid-19 pandemic that kept participation rates high and increased program connection in new ways. Sign up to attend here

Fly By Light National Training - Starting June 21, 2021 (Webinar)

Deepen your knowledge and skills in trauma-informed care, mindfulness, arts empowerment, restorative justice, and much more at this transformative Fly By Light training hosted by One Common Unity. Participate in up to 45 hours of dynamic training led by longtime positive youth development professionals and subject experts at this training. Learn more regarding schedule of events, subject areas, trainers, and much more here

Embracing Student Engagement: The Pathway to Post-Pandemic Learning -  June 23, 2021 (Webinar)

Newsela will conduct a webinar to help educators that are understandably worried about content and skills that students would otherwise have learned under normal circumstances. This webinar will use survey results to shed light on the gap between educator's perceptions and their practices while also discussing practical approaches to start down the path of engaging and enriching post-pandemic learning. Register here to attend. 

Engaging Families: A Relationship-Centered Approach - June 23-24, 2021 (Webinar)

Now more than ever, schools and programs are working closely with parents as learning partners to ensure young people's success. Research conducted by the Search Institute indicates that kids do better when families are engaged and connected. Register today

Development Planning 101 - June 24, 2021 (Webinar)

A good fundraising plan is essential to raising more money for organizations. This webinar, hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, will explore new ways to think about the organization's financial sustainability.  Register to attend 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.

School Year 2021-22 Grant Competitions Request for Applications Released

The Bowser Administration, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), and the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) is excited to announce the release of the School Year 2021-22 Grant Competitions. Nonprofit organizations that provide District children and youth with high quality and supportive out-of-school time (OST) programs during the School Year are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm. 

The OST Office will be hosting informational sessions for each grant competition to provide an overview and answer questions related to the Request for Applications (RFA). All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Review the different grant competitions and grant information sessions below.

School Year 2021-22 Grant Competitions:

View the School Year 2021-22 Grant Competitions here.

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. 

Volunteer as a Grant Reviewer

The OST Office is seeking grant application reviewers. Individuals with expertise or background in youth development are strongly encouraged to volunteer. Current grantees and applicants are eligible to volunteer. Interested individuals should complete this brief interest form.

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.

Teaching Social Justice

Written by: Shavonyuette Dotson, Learn24 Certified Trainer

Racism can be dismantled and to do that it must be acknowledged that racism exists and a plan to educate others must be created. It is critical that individuals continue to have the tough conversations surrounding racial equity and deconstructing prejudice in order to help the communities most plagued by these inequities and stop the spread of racism. Across the nation, many young people are standing up and speaking out about these injustices. Young people are dedicated to making sure their voices are heard. There is no doubt that having these conversations can be uncomfortable but it’s necessary to create safe spaces where these conversations can take place.

Here are some free, easily accessible tools that explore social justice and anti-bias education:

Colorful Pages: Resources centered on helping families and educators use multicultural literacy effectively.

Anti-Defamation League:  A collection of lesson plans on anti-bias education and fighting hate online. Categories include gender issues, sexism, religious bigotry, and racism.

Learning for Justice: Free resources for educators, administrators, counselors, and other practitioners who work with children from kindergarten through high school on social justice and anit-bias education.

Educolor: A list of books, movies, articles, and websites on education equity that will help guide social justice conversations between educators and students.

Teaching for Change: Resources and tools for teachers and parents that encourage students to help build a more equitable society and become active global citizens.

National Education Association Ed Justice Resources: A curated list of resources and tools that help build awareness about various social justice issues.

Resources from the Field

Out-of-School Time Programs This Summer: Paving the Way for Children to Find Passion, Purpose & Voice

The Wallace Foundation has developed a presentation to shed light on how parents, teachers, and OST providers perceive the value of out-of-school time (OST) in children's social, emotional, and academic development. After a year of pandemic-induced isolation, parents’ top priorities for their children’s summer programs are addressing their social and emotional health, providing physical outdoor activities, and helping them discover their passion and purpose. The full presentation can be found here

Community Opportunities

Summer Challenge 2021

Everyone can get in on the fun this summer by participating in DC Public Library's Summer Challenge! By reading just 20 minutes each day, whether it is a book, magazine, or blog, youth can stay engaged while earning prizes. Find out more information here

Beyond School Hours 2022: Call for Presenters

The call for presenters is officially open for individuals and organizations looking to present at the Beyond School Hours 2022. This 25th Annual Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from February 23-26, 2022 and is seeking individuals that can captivate a crowd, share important best practices with the educator community, and/or are experts on a cutting-edge issue in youth development or education. The deadline to apply is Saturday, July 31, 2021. For more information, please click here

Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Competition

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2022 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant competition. Applications must be submitted in OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) by Monday, June 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm to be eligible for review. The total funding available for 21st CCLC awards is approximately $2 million and OSSE anticipates making five to seven new awards. More information regarding the breakdown of funding, deadlines, criteria, and more can be found here

FY22 DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Grant Programs Now Open

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities offers several funding programs for individuals and nonprofit organizations located in the District of Columbia. View a full listing of grant competitions available, specific deadlines, selection criteria, and the application process here.

Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is looking to put funds directly into the hands of young people who make a difference in their communities. The Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer is a leadership and service opportunity provided to youth ages 13-19 during summer 2021. Applicants can apply for a mini-grant in the amount of $300. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, however young people interested in applying should apply before the priority deadline of June 15, 2021. More information can be found here

Lewis Prize for Music: Accelerator Awards

The Lewis Prize for Music is accepting applications from Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking 2022 Accelerator Awards. The mission of the Lewis Prize is to partner with leaders who create positive change by investing in young people ages 6-21 through music. Applications must be received by  July 16, 2021. View the complete application here.

2021 Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant

The Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant presented by Little Seeds and KidsGardening is designed to support youth garden programs interested in preserving and creating pollinator habitats to help rebuild declining pollinator populations. Eighteen programs will be awarded $500 to support the development of new and expansion of existing pollinator gardens in the United States. Applications must be received no later than July 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm. View a complete listing of criteria, deadlines, and more by clicking here

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