Learn24 Newsletter - July 9, 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

Policy Analyst - Office for Students in the Care of D.C.

Out of School Time Programs Coordinator - District of Columbia Public Schools

Partner Engagement Manager - District of Columbia Public Schools

Library Program Coordinator - DC Public Library

Youth Well-Being Program Manager - Human Rights Campaign

Operations Coordinator - Parents Amplifying Voices in Education

Learn24 Events

Introduction to Youth Development - July 9, 2021 (Webinar)

Self-Care for Youth Workers - July 15, 2021 (Webinar)

Developmental Youth Outcomes - July 16, 2021 (Webinar)

Core Competencies of Youth Workers - July 23, 2021 (Webinar) 

Youth Mental Health First Aid for DC Educators - July 28, 2021 (Webinar)

Best Practices of Youth Work - July 30, 2021 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Family Fun and Summer Learning -  July 14, 2021 (Webinar)

This interactive webinar hosted by the Foundations Inc., will help attendees learn simple and low-cost activities for family fun and summer learning. Register to attend this webinar here

Meeting the Moment with Intentional SEL - July 14, 2021 (Webinar)

Newsela is offering a webinar to prioritize SEL over skill-and-drill approaches to accelerating learning, particularly in the context of returning to school. Learn more about this webinar here.  

Support Circle Keeping - July 28, 2021 (Webinar)

The Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE), is conducting a workshop for educators, school staff, teachers and administrators on how to prepare and provide follow-up, and understand the structure and skills needed to implement a Support Circle. Register here

Leading with Equity - October 6, 2021 (Webinar)

Identify options and address the barriers facing leaders who aim to prioritize equity in their work at this workshop hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Leaders will leave this workshop with a clearer sense of what a racial equity journey might look like for their organization. Sign up to attend this workshop today. 

Summer Changes Everything - November 7-10, 2021 (Washington, DC)

The Summer Changes Everything conference hosted by the National Summer Learning Association gathers youth development professionals to hear the latest research from the field to help build a better future for today's youth. Learn more about speakers, pricing, lodging, and more 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.

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, July 22, 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.

Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify the OST Office in advance 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, July 20th at 5:00 pm

Register here to attend.  

School Year 2021-2022 High Impact Tutoring Request For Applications Now Available

The School Year 2021-22 High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) Request for Applications (RFA) invites nonprofit organizations with demonstrated success providing tutoring programs and a strong fiscal infrastructure to apply. This RFA will support existing successful evidence-based tutoring programs to scale and/or support experienced evidence-based tutoring programs that can demonstrate the ability to deliver a new tutoring program to serve students in grades pre-K-12. The maximum grant award amount is $750,000. Grant funds may only be used to serve students attending a District of Columbia public school (DCPS or charter school). Applications must be received by July 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm to be considered. View the complete application here

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. 

Help Families Locate Your Virtual OST Program 

The Learn24 program finder helps District of Columbia families search for out-of-school time (OST) programming in specific focus areas, ages, locations, and  more. Help families locate an out-of-school opportunity where school-aged children can learn, grow, and play outside of the traditional school hours by listing your program(s). Complete this form to have your program listed. 

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.

Safe Environment

Creating a Safe Environment

Over the next few months, promising practices dive deep into the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Program Quality Pyramid, which has four domains to ensure programs are meeting the needs of youth.

This month, the focus is on the Safe Environment domain. This is the most vital domain as it ensures programs meet the most basic needs of the youth and creates a strong foundation towards an excellent program. The Safe Environment domain contains five components:

  1. Physically Safe Environment - Youth should feel safe in the program space, and also feel safe when traveling to and from programming.
  2. Psychological and Emotional Safety - The program environment should consist of a warm tone and there should be no evidence of bias or exclusion.
  3. Appropriate Space and Furniture- Programs should ensure furniture is the appropriate size for children and youth. In addition, there should be consideration given to the amount of space for planned activities.
  4. Healthy Food and Drinks- It is important that youth have nourishment to stay engaged and focused. Providing youth with healthy food during programming can assist with meeting this basic need.
  5. Emergency Procedures- Whether in person or virtual, youth should be aware of what to do in case of an emergency.

Once programming has all the components of this domain then the program staff can focus on providing a Supportive Environment. The August edition of promising practices will focus on the Supportive Environment domain.

Explore additional resources about the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality at this link.

Community Opportunities

National Summer Learning Week - July 12 -16, 2021

National Summer Learning Week is a week-long celebration hosted by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) designed to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school ready to succeed. Register to attend one of the Virtual Summer Splash Events below:

  • Monday, July 12, 2021: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Discover STEM and Soar, presented by Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Winning at Health and Wellness, presented by Discovery Education
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Make a Masterpiece, presented by Mizzen by Mott
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Celebrate the Future Leaders
  • Friday, July 16, 2021: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Dive into a Book Adventure, presented by Lexile Framework for Reading

More information about how to participate and the meaning behind each can be found here. Participate in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #SummerLearningWeek. 

Register to attend one of these workshops here

Resources from the Field

Rise and Shine: Child Health & Parenting Advice from Children's National Hospital

Children's National produced a website that contains articles related to specific questions about the vaccine and how to navigate our communities safely. Recent articles include advice for parents of unvaccinated children, why children should get the COVID vaccine, what to say to children who are the only family members without COVID vaccines, questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and much more. Read more here

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 July 18, 2021. The full application can be found 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

Events DC Community Grant Program

The Events DC Community Grant Program will provide financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting youth sports, or performing or cultural arts in the District of Columbia. The maximum grant amount is $25,000.  Applications must be received by August 1, 2021 by 5:00 pm to be considered. View the complete application and guidelines here

Kids Run the Nation Grants Program 

Road Runners Club of America will award grants up to $1,000 to support youth running programs across the United States. All applicants must be an official 501(c)(3), school, parent booster club, PTA, or a similar entity. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2021. For more information regarding criteria, guidelines, and past awardees, please click here.

D'Addario Foundation Grant

The D'Addario Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry from programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The D'Addario Foundation is recognized as a global leader in finding, funding, and partnering with transformative music education organizations. Prospective grantees must complete a letter of inquiry by October 30, 2021. Learn more at www.daddariofoundation.org/grants.

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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