Learn24 Newsletter - September 16, 2022


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Director of Strategic Initiatives - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

Education Program Specialist - Office of State Superintendent of Education

Nutrition Program Specialist - DC Central Kitchen

Director of Research for Education and Youth Development - Special Olympics

Multiple Positions Available - Children's Defense Fund

Multiple Positions Available - Sitar Arts Center

Learn24 Events

Interactive Learning Tools - September 19, 2022 (Webinar) 

Tutoring Best Practices & Multiple Intelligences - September 21, 2022 (Webinar)

OST Commission Meeting - September 22, 2022 (Webinar)

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Prevention - September 27, 2022 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Using Social Media and Other Best Practices to Build Strong Community Roots - September 23, 2022 (Webinar)

This training hosted by the Best Out of School Time (BOOST) Cafe will focus on how out-of-school-time (OST) programs have many tools to engage with community partners and build support. This online training workshop, will highlight both social media and programmatic best practices to grow support for your OST program. Sign up to attend here.

Avoiding the Transition Cliff: Career Exploration and Life Readiness for Exceptional Students - October 6, 2022 (Webinar)

This edWebinar will share different strategies that work and how to help students prepare for their futures. For exceptional students, the preparation for after high school and/or “aging out” has been made more intense because of pandemic-related delays. Learn more about this webinar here

No More False Choices: Five Ways to Get to Both/And in Social and Emotional Learning - October 7, 2022 (Webinar)

Individuals seeking to get a better understanding of social and emotional learning (SEL), what it is and why it matters are encouraged to attend this webinar hosted by CASEL CARES. Learn more about this webinar and other webinars hosted by CASEL CARES here

Fostering Student Well-Being with Programs That Work - October 11, 2022 (Webinar)

From struggles with mental health and school violence to the upheaval of the pandemic, today’s K–12 students face a litany of difficulties. As a result, fostering student well-being has grown more challenging than ever. Register here to attend this workshop hosted by EdWeek.

Grant-Writing for Greater Impact - October 26, 2022 (Webinar)

Join the Center for Nonprofit Advancement for a workshop designed to help create an organizational template for grant writing. Learn 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

The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 22, 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.

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, September 20th at 5:00 pm

Register here to attend. 

Learn24 Spotlight: Highlight Your Afterschool and/or Summer Program 

In the coming months, the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office), located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education is looking to spotlight some of the various high-quality afterschool and summer programs that are providing District youth with meaningful opportunities beyond the school day. The goal of this series, is to highlight the great work that many programs are currently providing to youth and families. 

Each Learn24 newsletter hopes to highlight at least one high-quality organization in a way that showcases the plethora of programs being offered to the youth and families right here in the District. Please complete no later than Friday, October 14, 2022 to be considered. Interested organizations are asked to complete this brief preliminary form.

*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.

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. 

Learn24 OST Youth Scholarship Program

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) 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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please click here

Resources from the Field

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain - National Suicide Prevention Month

This one page document from the National Institute of Mental Health offers valuable tips and information to help anyone develop resiliency skills, foster a conversation, and ideally assist someone dealing with emotional pain. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. Five action steps to help an individual  help someone in emotional pain include:

  1. ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  2. KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  3. BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  4. HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number (call or text 988) and the Crisis Text Line number (741741) in your phone so they’re there if you need them. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  5. STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

Read, share and print this resource to share within your community.

Suicide Prevention Month Ideas for Action 2022

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center recently released a two-page resource that provides information to help anyone, anywhere get involved in Suicide Prevention Month. It includes tips on how to take action to help prevent suicide in your community, such as learning about effective suicide prevention, sharing stories of hope, and empowering everyone to be there for those in distress. Click here to read the entire resource. 


Funding Opportunities

High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) Grant - Request for Application (RFA) Available Today, September 16

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is releasing up to $7.5 million of funding for approximately five to seven grants to support existing successful evidence-based tutoring programs to scale. The funding period will run from approximately January 9, 2023 through September 30, 2024. Please see OSSE’s HIT website or the 2022-23 grants forecast for more detailed information on the available award types and eligibility.

The RFA will be available on OSSE’s website on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm. The deadline to submit an application will be Monday, October 31, 2022 at 3:00 pm. Applications will be accepted only through OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System.

If you have any questions about the grant, please email the HIT grants team at HIT.Grants@dc.gov.

Diverse City Fund Grants

Diverse City Fund is a grantmaking organization dedicated to racial & social justice that invests financial and social capital that transforms systems in DC. Successful awardees can receive up to $15,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 30, 2022. Learn more about eligibility, selection criteria, information sessions, and more 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 Friday, September 30, 2022. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, click here.

Constellation’s Community Champions Grant Program

Constellation’s Community Champions program, invites organizations to apply for small grants (up to $500) from Constellation for causes that are important to the community. Preferred consideration will be given to those requests where the project, organization, or initiative focuses on education, environment, or youth. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, September 30, 2022 to be considered. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, click here.

Sparkplug Foundation to Fund Nonprofit Organizations up to $20K

The Sparkplug Foundation is currently accepting applications from start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education, and community organizing. 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. For more information on deadlines and criteria, click here

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that serve residents of the Washington, DC metropolitan area in the following program areas: Arts and Humanities, Community Services, Education, Health and the Environment. Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Visit www.cafritzfoundation.org to learn more about the application process.

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