Learn24 Newsletter - June 10, 2022


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Workforce Development Specialist - Department of Employment Services

Financial Programs Analyst - Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Program Manager - Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services

Program Support Assistant - Department of Behavioral Health

Data Manager/Testing Coordinator - Maya Angelou Academy

Special Projects Coordinator - Smithsonian Science Education Center

Senior Manager of Academics - Horton's Kids

Learn24 Events

Introduction to Youth Development - June 14, 2022 (Webinar)

Outcomes and Needs Assessment Committee Meeting - June  15, 2022 (Microsoft Teams)

Structure and Clear Limits - June 22, 2022 (Webinar)

OST Coordination & Collaboration Committee Meeting - June 24, 2022 (Microsoft Teams)

Professional Development Opportunities

Active Supervision and Transition -  June 16, 2022 (Webinar)

Youth workers need resources to help monitor youth. It is an active process of being constantly aware of the environment and interacting with youth in ways that build positive relationships, monitor, and address safety, and reinforce positive behaviors. Attend this webinar by registering here.

How To Teach STEM Problem Solving Skills to All K-12 Students -  June 22, 2022 (Webinar)

Sign up to attend this webinar hosted by EducationWeek to learn some creative and relevant ways to integrate the teaching of problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking into STEM instruction. Learn more here.

Demystifying Systemic Social and Emotional Learning: Adult SEL - June 24, 2022 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by CASEL Cares focuses on building a supportive learning environment to cultivate competence, collaborate, build trusting relationships, and maintain a strong community. Register to attend here.

STEM Academy Smart Sister 2 - June 29, 2022 (Webinar)

In this workshop, Smart Sister Finance will outline the importance of youth knowing their credit score. Detailed information about how credit cards, bank accounts, and, all types of loans will be discussed. Register here to attend.

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.

OST Office Youth Mentorship RFA

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (The OST Office), the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), and the Bowser Administration is excited to release a new grant competition to fund one nonprofit with a history of supporting mentoring programs to manage the Out of School Time (OST) Youth Mentorship Program. The OST Youth Mentorship Program is a new program with the goal of increasing access to college and career mentoring programs for youth ages 11-18 in grades 6-12. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm. 

A grant information session will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm to provide information and answer questions related to the grant competition. Click here to join (no registration needed).  Review the different grant competitions and grant information sessions below.

View the complete RFA here. Applications must be submitted here.

Help Families Locate Your Summer Program 

Help families prepare for Summer 2022 by listing your summer program on the Learn24 program finder. Organizations that serve youth in the District of Columbia are encouraged to list their program. Families can use the program finder to identify out-of-school time (OST) programming in specific focus areas, ages, locations, and  more for school-aged children.  Complete this form to have your program listed. 

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 currently accepting applications for individuals with expertise or background in youth development to serve as a grant reviewer. 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.

By: Cherrye Jeter, Learn24 Trainer

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

(Part 2)

As introduced in last month’s newsletter, Part 1 of Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Disability Categories Primer for OST Professionals focused on low incidence disabilities. Part 2 will focus on moderate incidence disabilities of children and youth. About 14% of school age children in the US are identified with a disability under IDEA. Children with disabilities participate in OST programs just like their typical developing peers. OST programs should not diagnose students with disabilities, and it is imperative to keep students’ disability information private and protected.

The following are brief descriptions of the disabilities that are considered moderate incidence disabilities and make up 28% of all children with disabilities:

  • Autism - a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9) - a delay in one or more of the following areas of development: cognitive development, physical/motor development, communication development, social/emotional development, and adaptive development.
  • Intellectual Disability - a significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term intellectual disability was formerly termed mental retardation.
  • Emotional Disturbance - a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child’s educational performance:
    • (A) An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors.
    • (B) An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.
    • (C) Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances.
    • (D) A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
    • (E) A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.

Youth with moderate incidence disabilities typically require more extensive accommodations and adaptations when participating in 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 incidence disabilities. To learn more about the 14 disability categories under IDEA, click here. Next month will focus on high incidence disabilities.

Community Opportunities

Discover Summer with DC Public Library

You’re invited to Discover Summer with DC Public Library (DCPL) from June 1 - Aug. 31! Discover Summer is an all-ages city-wide celebration of reading and learning. With Discover Summer enjoy great reads, fun events, and activities that encourage exploration throughout District of Columbia. Find out what is happening for all here:

Learn more about DCPL and find a local branch here

DC Health Youth Advisory Council Recruiting New Members

The Department of Health (DC Health) is currently recruiting for its Youth Advisory Council (YAC).  DC Health’s YAC is comprised of District youth ages 14-21, who have an interest in ensuring better health outcomes for youth. The purpose of the YAC is to develop young leaders who can share their public health knowledge and skills with their community. YAC members will be trained from a health equity lens to address current and emerging public health topics that align with DC Health’s strategic priorities. Interested individuals should submit an application no later than Friday, June 24, 2022 to be considered. 

Click here to submit an application.

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 an strengthen their leadership and build the systems, policies, procedures, and tools nonprofit needs. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm. More information can be found here.

Resources from the Field

From Access to Equity: Making Out-of-School-Time Spaces Meaningful for Teens From Marginalized Communities

The Wallace Foundation recently published a brief summary about key challenges and promising practices toward equity in out-of-school-time programs engaging historically marginalized youth populations. Findings from this report will help develop meaningful out-of-school-time programming for young people from marginalized communities. Experts suggest that programs introduce practices that foster “a genuine sense of dignity and belonging for youth” and improve working conditions for program staffers. Read the entire brief here

Funding Opportunities

2022 Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant

Little Seeds and KidsGardening will award a total of 20 youth serving organizations $500 in funding to develop new or expand existing pollinator gardens. Programs must be planning a new, or expanding an existing youth garden designed to teach about the importance of pollinators. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 15, 2022. More information can be found here


Classics For Kids Foundation

The Classics for Kids Foundation provides grants to schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen music education and string instrument programs. Grants are designed to forge strong local connections between students, families, and communities. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30, 2022. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, click here.

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects

The National Endowment for the Arts is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to selected organizations. The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 7, 2022. Learn more about program descriptions, a list of previous grant recipients, eligibility criteria, and application instructions are available here.

Events DC Community Grant Program

The Events DC Community Grant Program provides financial support to qualified nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting children through sports, performing arts, or cultural arts in the District of Columbia. The maximum grant amount is $25,000. Applications must be received by Monday, August  1, 2022. Apply here.

Up to $10K Available in DCTAG Funds For Students

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education's DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) provides DC residents with $10,000 in tuition assistance for students attending out-of-state public institutions of higher education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and select local institutions. All supporting documents must be submitted before 3:00 pm on Friday, August 19, 2022. Click here for more information.

Leveling the Playing Field Equipment Grant

Leveling the Playing Field works to improve the opportunity for students to get involved in out of school time sports activities no matter their economic situation. Schools and organizations can apply to receive free sporting equipment through the Leveling the Playing Field Equipment Grant. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for more information.

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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