Learn24 Newsletter - January 6, 2022


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Program Analyst - Department of Employment Services

Health and Wellness Coordinator - The Metropolitan Police Department

Community Outreach and Relations Specialist - Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services

Youth Leadership Specialist - Global Kids DC

Education Director - Smithsonian’s Institution

Re-engagement and Supports Specialist - District of Columbia Public Schools

Learn24 Events

Core Competencies of Youth Workers - January 9, 2023 (Webinar)

Activity and Game Design Workshop - January 10, 2023 (Webinar)

Ask, Listen, Encourage - January 11, 2023 (Webinar)

Developmental Youth Outcomes - January 18, 2023 (Webinar)

Tools for Effective Communication - January 19, 2023 (Washington, DC)

OST Commission Meeting - January 26, 2023 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Close the Gender Gap: Getting Girls Excited about STEM - February 6, 2023 (Webinar)

Join female STEM leaders as they discuss the importance of early cheerleaders, real life role models, and female networks of support. Learn more about this workshop from EducationWeek here

Igniting Sparks -  February 7-8, 2023 (Webinar)

A spark is the hidden flame inside every young person that taps into their true passions, talents, skills, and dreams. In the Igniting Sparks workshop conducted by the Search Institute, participants will learn the research-based approach to helping youth discover their sparks in order to be and become their best selves. Register here.

Techniques for Connecting with Teens with the Most Challenging Behaviors - February 9, 2023 (Webinar)

Join this webinar hosted by the Minnesota Association for Children's Health to discuss connecting with youth that have trauma or trust challenges. This webinar will explore 3 specific strategies for building connections with youth. Register to attend here.

Beyond School Hours 2023 - February 9-12, 2023 (Orlando, FL)

The Beyond School Hours 2023 Conference will provide attendees with skills, tools, and a renewed passion for improving learning outcomes for young people across the entire day. Learn more about this conference here.  

National Afterschool Association Convention - March 19-22, 2022 (Orlando, FL)

The National Afterschool Association Convention provides OST professionals with meaningful opportunities to inspire learning, power human connections, and more. Register today to attend.

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.

Final Reminder: 2023 Summer Strong DC Applications Due January 9, 2023

The Bowser Administration and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education's (DME) Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) have released the  2023 Summer Strong Grant Competitions. The OST Office anticipates awarding up to $3.9 million dollars to nonprofit organizations that provide District children and youth with high quality and supportive out-of-school time (OST) programs during the summer months. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 9, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Review the different grant competitions below.

2023 Summer Strong Grant Competitions:

Below you will find a few resources to support potential applicants:

For more information regarding the 2023 Summer Strong Grant Competitions, Information Sessions, or to ask specific questions, visit learn24.dc.gov or contact RFASummer23@dc.gov.


Upcoming Workshops Hosted by The Institute for Youth Development 

The Institute for Youth Development has announced the list of workshops that will be held in January 2023. Youth development professionals interested in improving their interactions with youth should register to attend one or more workshops below. 

Space is limited! Register today.

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 virtual public meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2023, 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, January 24th at 5:00 pm

Register here to attend. 

Learn24 Spotlight

Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN-DC)

Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) provides trauma-informed afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6-17. FAN's programming  is carefully tailored to the needs of foster youth, those who may be impacted by the child welfare system, and youth that have experienced high levels of trauma or toxic stress. The staff is trained to use their lived experience to connect with youth participants and build relationships that will last until adulthood. The organization's mission is to be a youth centered community of safe places, linked hearts. By providing a safe environment for youth to come to be accepted, supported, and allowed the autonomy to become advocates for themselves and their peers FAN is a pillar of the community and has been for the last 17 years. 

Learn more about FAN and their mission here. Below you will find a few pictures from FAN and their various interactions with youth in the city. 



Community Opportunities

Feedback Requested: DME Community Conversation

Last month, the OST Office and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education conducted a virtual discussion on how DC can ensure all of our youth have access to quality, engaging, educational, and enriching activities and opportunities beyond school hours.

Thank you for your participation. We ask that you complete this brief survey providing feedback from this event and how future events should look.

To access the recording of the conversation, please click here

National Mentoring Month

It’s National Mentoring Month! This January, join MENTOR in elevating the power of relationships by highlighting the benefits of mentoring, discussing best practices for supporting young people, and sharing inspiring stories from the field. 

This National #MentoringMonth, reflect on the ways of helping support the next generation of leaders and change-makers. By connecting young people with caring adults, #MentoringAmplifies positive youth development - consider becoming a mentor today!

Click here to learn more about National Mentoring Month and how to get involved.

Learn more about the upcoming National Mentoring Summit that will take place on Wednesday, January 25 - Friday, January 27, 2023 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. 

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.

As the world changes, it is more important than ever to stay connected with youth. This connection can be made through positive, purposeful interactions. Positive interactions consist of asking questions, actively listening, and constantly encouraging youth. These interactions stimulate deep thinking and problem-solving and encourage genuine youth to adult partnerships. When youth practitioners learn appropriate methods of asking effective questions, and listening to the answers, improved communication and understanding ensues.

Ask Questions:

  • Ask divergent or open-ended questions.
  • Ask relevant and age appropriate questions.
  • Balance questions with dialogue focused on the participant.
  • Make sure every youth has the chance to respond even if the response is to not participate.

Actively Listen:

  • Show that you are listening by demonstrating nonverbal cues and paraphrasing what the youth has said to show you are listening attentively to them.
  • Identify youth’s feelings and empathize. Youth may not explicitly convey feelings so it is important to pay attention and observe what youth are saying. Supporting youth in identifying and exploring feelings rather than being condescending or judging.
  • Let youth speak without interrupting.
  • Try to remember context and details and relay them back to youth in the form of questions or statements.

Encourage Youth:

  • Participate alongside youth by becoming a partner in the learning process. Youth should take the lead when experimenting with materials and adults and should support youth through the process.
  • Encourage youth to describe plans, feelings, and goals.
  • Make specific comments, which is more beneficial to youth than general praise. Youth should be able to use specific feedback to describe and expand ideas.
  • Avoid judgment and be honest. Praise involves judgment, but encouragement is nonjudgmental. Truthful feedback can help youth learn and will provide honesty to youth.

Check out this link on tips for effective communication with youth of all age groups.

Funding Opportunities

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 Wednesday, February  1, 2023. Apply here.

Middle School OST Programs Eligible for $100k in Grants

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support the ability of local community-based afterschool and summer learning programs to provide the foundational skills and guidance that middle school students need to be prepared for the critical transition into high school.  A total of 40 grant awards will be made nationwide. The maximum grant award for this competition is $100,000. Applications must be received by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.  Learn more about the application process here.

2023 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant

The 2023 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant presented by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. A total of 160 grants worth a collective total of $95,000 will be awarded. Grant amounts range from $500 to $1,500. Applications must be received by Friday, February, 10, 2023 to be considered. For more information, click here.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is accepting applications to be a member of the 2023-24 Catalogue. The Catalogue for Philanthropy recognizes some of the best high-impact‚ community-based nonprofits in the Washington, DC region. Applications must be received by Tuesday, February 14, 2023 to be considered.  Click here for more information, benefits, eligibility criteria, and areas of interest.

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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