Learn24 Newsletter - July 8, 2022


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Training Specialist - Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Athletic & Activities Coordinator - District of Columbia Public Schools

Afterschool Coordinator - District of Columbia Public Schools

Deputy Director - City Kids Wilderness Project

Program Coordinator - Everybody Wins DC

Project Coordinator - National Children's Museum

Learning Director - Higher Achievement DC

Youth Nutrition Coordinator - Capital Area Food Bank

Learn24 Events

Fiscal Year 2023 Safe Passage Safe Blocks Grant Information Session - July 22, 2022 (Webinar)

OST Commission Meeting - July 28, 2022 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Educating Future-Ready Students -  July 21, 2022 (Webinar)

Join CASEL for a thought leadership discussion on social and emotional learning and workforce development. Attend this webinar by registering here.

More than Being Calm: Mindfulness for Implicit Bias -  July 21, 2022 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by School's Out Washington will explore mindfulness practices to uncover our unconscious biases and thoughts as a stepping-stone toward change and growth. Learn more 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.

100 Languages of Children - July 26, 2022 (Webinar)

Discuss how young people use all their senses and how to place power in other methods of expression in child driven spaces at this workshop hosted by School's Out Washington. Register here to attend.

Inclusive Relationships Workshop -  July 26-27, 2022 (Webinar)

All young people need to experience developmental relationships, but studies suggest that significant numbers of young people in schools and community programs do not experience developmental relationships as often or as intensively as they should. Register here to attend this workshop hosted by the Search Institute. 

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.

Reminder: 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. 

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

Fiscal Year 2023 Safe Passage Safe Blocks Request for Applications

The OST Office, the DME, and the Bowser Administration invites nonprofits with strong relationships within the community, and expertise providing youth programs to apply for the Fiscal Year 2023 Safe Passage Safe Blocks (SPSB) request for applications. The SPSB programs will provide students safe routes to and from school and provide an afterschool program offering mediation and conflict resolution skill-building. The OST Office anticipates awarding up to $3.4 million in total awards for Fiscal Year 2023 SPSB grants. The maximum grant award amount is $1,000,000 dollars. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 8, 2022 at 5:00 pm. 

A grant information session will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm to provide information and answer questions related to the grant competition. Click here to join (no registration needed). 

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

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, July 28, 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, July 26th at 5:00 pm for consideration. 

Register here to attend.  

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 Jeter, Learn24 Trainer

About 14% of school age children in the US are identified with a disability under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Children with disabilities participate in OST programs just like their typical developing peers.  This article will cover 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 private and protected.

The following are brief descriptions of the disabilities that are considered high incidence disabilities and make up 67% of all children with disabilities:

  • Specific learning disability— a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, either spoken- or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
  • Speech or language impairment - a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
  • Other health impairment - having limited strength, vitality, or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment, which adversely affects a child’s educational performance and Is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, sickle cell anemia, and Tourette syndrome.

Depending on the type and manifestation of the aforementioned high incidence disability, OST programs may have to provide accommodations and adaptations to support students at their level. It is a best practice to reach out to families, schools, and other community resources to learn about and to support our students with high incidence disabilities. To learn more about the 14 disability categories identified under IDEA, click here.

Community Opportunities

All DC Students Must Have Vaccinations to Attend School in Fall

District of Columbia students, including those who attend private and charter schools, will need to be up-to-date on their vaccines and immunizations in order to attend school this fall. Share this information and resources with youth and families. More information from OSSE can be found here

Learn more from DC Health about immunizations here

National Summer Learning Week 2022

National Summer Learning Week hosted by the National Summer Learning Association is July 11 - 15, 2022. Spark your imagination this #SummerLearningWeek. Read a book, play a game, go for a hike, start a rock collection, whip up your favorite summer recipe! Summer is a great time to learn and explore a child’s interests. Learn more about National Summer Learning Week here

Funding Opportunities

Learn24 OST Youth Scholarship Program

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes is excited to partner with the Greater Washington Community Foundation to help provide OST programs to students with specific needs. Examples of programs that the scholarship may support include, but are not limited to, programs designed specifically for students with disabilities, advanced learners, and English Language Learners. Individuals not considered at-risk may also be eligible to receive a scholarship based on need and availability of funding. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available for individual students for use in approved OST activities in calendar year 2022. The minimum scholarship award is $1,000. For more information, please click here

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

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.

$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 Sunday, August 21, 2022. The full application can be found here

TEGNA Foundation Grants

The TEGNA Foundation Community Grants offers up to $7,500 in grant assistance to organizations operating in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Priority areas for this competition include programs targeting at-risk middle school students, services for veterans and nonprofits, and programs that support the LGBTQ population.  Grant applications must be received by Monday, August 29, 2022 to be considered. For information on how to apply for the TEGNA Foundation Community Grants, click here.

Sparkplug Foundation Grant

The Sparkplug Foundation seeks to fund projects that educate and support communities, including but not limited to school-age students, that move beyond traditional classroom instruction. Priority areas of funding include education, community organizing, and music. Past grants ranged from $1,000 to $20,000. For consideration, preliminary questions must be received by Monday, October 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET. For more information on deadlines and criteria, click here

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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