Learn24 Newsletter - May 13, 2022


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Program Analyst - Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Workforce Development Specialist - Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs

Grants Management Specialist - ServeDC

Multiple Positions Available - City Gate

Program Coordinator - Children's Defense Fund

Learning and Evaluation Specialist - Latin American Youth Center

Recruitment & Outreach Manager - For Love of Children

Program Coordinator - Urban Alliance

Director of Programs, Arts Education & Art Therapy – Project Create DC

Learn24 Events

Funding & Capacity Building Committee Meeting - May 16, 2022 (Webinar)

Conflict Resolution for Youth Workers - May 17, 2022 (Webinar)

Youth Mental Health First Aid for DC Educators -  May 18, 2022 (Webinar)

Learn24 Budget Template Training - May 25, 2022 (Webinar)

Five Conversations - May 26, 2022 (Webinar)

OST Commission Meeting - May 26, 2022 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Youth Mental Health First Aid for DC Educators -  May 18, 2022 (Webinar)

Join OSSE and Learn24 for a webinar to learn about the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. Attend this webinar by registering here.

Demystifying Systemic Social and Emotional Learning - May 27, 2022 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by CASEL Cares focuses on building a supportive learning environment that is also culturally responsive and focused on nurturing relationships and community. Register to attend here.

A Data-Driven Learning Recovery Framework for Out-of-School Time Programs -  June 1, 2022 (Webinar)

Beyond School Hours is hosting a series of free webinars for OST programs and providers. Sign up to attend this webinar on data-driven results for OST programs here.

Program Planning for Summer - June 4, 2022 (Webinar)

In this workshop, School's Out Washington will explore key components and considerations of program planning that keep providers focused on and available for the youth in their program. Participants will walk away with strategies and tools that will support them in creating a program structure that works and supports youth through summer camp! Register to attend here.  

Fly By Light National Training - July 25 - 29, 2022 (Webinar)

The Fly By Light National Training equips educators, teachers, youth organizers, artists, and activists with the restorative justice, SEL, mindfulness, art expression, and conflict resolution tools needed to outfit the next generation of change-makers. Sign up to attend this 40-hour training hosted by One Common Unity 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

The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2022 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 Committees.

Providers, organizations, and/or individuals interested in providing public comment should email learn24@dc.gov by the close of business on Tuesday, May 24th at 5:00 pm for consideration. 

Register here to attend.  

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. 

Train Your Team Virtually

Improve staff competencies by hosting a training through The Institute for Youth Development (The Institute). The Institute offers free virtual on-demand workshops to youth development professionals serving District of Columbia youth. A minimum commitment of 10 participants is required to host the workshop; request a training here. Email questions to learn24@dc.gov.

View the Institute for Youth Development Catalog of Workshops here

Please note: Requests should be scheduled at least six weeks in advance.

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.

By Cherrye Jetter, Learn24 Trainer

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Disability Categories Primer for OST Professionals (Part 1)

About 14% of all school age children in the US are identified with a disability under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Children with disabilities participate in out-of-school time (OST) programs just like their typical developing peers.  This is a short primer on the disability categories under IDEA. This article will cover low incidence disabilities, and Part 2 will cover moderate and high incidence disabilities. Although it is at the discretion of the parent, OST programs can request a copy of the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) which will indicate the disability. OST programs cannot diagnose students with disabilities, and it is imperative to keep students’ disability information secure, private and protected.

The following are brief descriptions of low incidence disabilities that make up 5% of all children with disabilities:

  • Multiple disabilities - a combination of impairments which causes such severe educational needs that the child cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments (such as intellectual disability and blindness).
  • Hearing Impairment - an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness.
  • Orthopedic Impairment - a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance including congenital anomaly, impairments caused by disease (e.g., poliomyelitis, bone tuberculosis), and impairments from other causes (e.g., cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures or burns that cause contractures).
  • Visual impairment (including blindness) - an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
  • Traumatic brain injury - an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
  • Deafness - a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
  • Deaf-blindness – a combination of hearing and visual impairments, which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that the child cannot be accommodated in special education programs.

Low incidence disabilities typically require more extensive accommodations and adaptations to OST programs. It is a best practice to reach out to families, schools, and other community resources to learn about and to support our students with low incidence disabilities. To learn more about the disability categories under IDEA, click here.

Community Opportunities

Summer Program Registration Opens Monday, May 16

On Monday, May 16, 2022, summer program registration will open to the public where individuals will have the opportunity to sign up to attend one of the amazing summer programs that  Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has to offer. Some highlights of DPR’s summer program offerings include:

  • Aquatics – Learn to swim for all levels and water aerobics
  • Sports – Basketball, soccer, tennis, and pickleball
  • Seniors – Game clubs, quilting, and line dancing
  • Arts – Music, dance, and jewelry making
  • Fitness – Yoga, bootcamp, cardio, and spin

Whatever the age or recreational level, DPR has something special for all. Click here to view the entire catalog of programs available.

Fair Chance Pathways Capacity Building Program

Fair Chance's FREE Pathways Partnership is an 8-month program that aligns leadership and organizational practices to build stronger nonprofits. It is a relationship-based, customized, and intensive program that can help you strengthen your leadership and build the systems, policies, procedures, and tools your nonprofit needs. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm. More information can be found here.

Funding Opportunities

OST Office School Year 2022-23 Grant Competitions

The OST Office is accepting applications for the School Year 2022-23 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 Tuesday, June 7, 2022 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 2022-23 Grant Competitions:

For more information regarding the School Year 2022-23 Grant Competitions, Information Sessions, or Budget Template Training, please visit learn24.dc.gov or contact RFA.SY22-23@dc.gov.

Read about the complete listing of opportunities 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 Sunday, May 19, 2022. Program guidelines, a list of previous grant recipients, and application instructions are available here.

Martha’s Table Community Impact Fund

The Martha’s Table Community Impact Fund will provide up to $10,000 in funding to support and strengthen Ward 8 nonprofits. This direct investment will help build capacity for organizations historically excluded from institutional philanthropy and whose leadership and staff reflect the demographic composition and lived experiences of the communities they serve. The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm.  More information can be found here

The Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant

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 WednesdayJune 1, 2022. Review the application here.

FY23 Arts or Humanities Education Project Grant Program

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) requests applications from qualified arts, humanities, arts education, and service organizations for its Fiscal Year 2023 Arts or Humanities Education Project (AHEP) grant program. Eligible applicants can be awarded up to $30,000. Applications must be received by Friday, June 3, 2022 at 10:00 pm to be considered. More information about deadlines, information sessions, and more here

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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