Learn24 Newsletter - January 20, 2023


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Grants Management Specialist - Serve DC

Associate Director for Advance - Mayor's Office of Scheduling and Advance

Lead Community Behavioral Health Specialist - Department of Behavioral Health

Library Manager - DC Public Library

Education Specialist - Smithsonian Institution

Community Programs Manager - 826DC

Senior Research & Evaluation Analyst - The Forum for Youth Investment

Learn24 Events

OST Commission Meeting - January 26, 2023 (Webinar)

Introduction to Youth Development - February 6, 2023 (Webinar)

Active Learning - February 7, 2023 (Webinar)

Effective Equity Starts With Us - February 9, 2023 (Webinar)

Restorative Justice - February 14-15, 2023 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Empowering Kindhearted Kids - January 25, 2023 (Webinar)

This Beyond School Hours webinar will focus on Social-Emotional Learning and how to help children develop healthy identities and emotional stability. Register to attend this webinar here

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

A Space for Us All - February 10, 2023 (Webinar)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and NASA invite middle and high school students to join a virtual educational experience where we examine and build on the legacy of achievement, connection, and knowledge of African Americans at NASA. Learn more about this opportunity here.  

Work/Life Balance in the Digital World - February 23, 2023 (Webinar)

In this course, hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement attendees will learn how to develop better relationships with work, life, and technology in order to increase wellness and productivity. Register to attend here.

2023 Forum National Conference - May 10-12, 2023 (Detroit, Michigan)

Save the date for the 2023 Forum National Conference in Detroit, Michigan hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment. This unique national conference is dedicated to strengthening programs, supporting system leaders and practitioners, and working to bring about a world where all young people reach their fullest potential. Register 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.

The OST Office Welcomes Kimetha Payton

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) welcomes Kimetha Payton to the team! Kimetha recently worked as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant for CACI Inc. and before that she worked as a District of Columbia Public Schools for seven years. She completed her undergraduate studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) and received her Master's Degree from Howard University.  

Join us in welcoming Kimetha to the team!

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. 

Apply to Join the OST Commission Today!

The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in advancing the mission and vision of the OST Commission. Individuals with a background in youth development and a passion for out-of-school time programming should consider applying. 

Learn more here

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 February 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.

Help Families Locate Your OST Program 

Help families by listing your out-of-school time (OST) program(s) 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. 

Learn24 Spotlight

Horton's Kids

Horton's Kids provides social-emotional learning and enrichment options for students ages 5-17 in the District of Columbia. Children and youth enrolled in programming at Horton's Kids have plenty of resources and supports available to them. Some supports available for enrolled participants include:

  • High-Intensity Tutoring - all elementary students receive assistance to support them with literacy recovery. 
  • Career and Workforce Readiness - all high school students develop a clear post-secondary plan and help graduate on-time. 
  • Academic Support Sessions - all K-12 students are able to attend optional one-hour one-on-one homework help or subject specific tutoring. 
  • Health and Wellness - Strategic partnerships in the community has supported the youth and family members of the Horton's Kids community to  learn holistic ways to support their physical and mental wellness.
  • Summer Programming - During summer, all youth are engaged in social-emotional growth, community building, social games, and mindfulness activities that allow participants to engage positively with their peers and talk through different social situations. 

Learn more about Horton's Kids and their programming here

Resources from the Field

Building and Using Evidence in Summer, Afterschool and Other Out-of-School Time Settings 

This toolkit from the Institute of Education Sciences catalogs a variety of resources useful to supporting evidence-based practices for afterschool, summer, and out-of-school time settings. It includes resources on continuous improvement, identifying needs and assets, selecting interventions, planning for implementation, implementation, and examining program outcomes. View the toolkit here

Community Opportunities

Fair Chance DC: 2023 Praxis Partnership for Small Nonprofits 

Fair Chance is currently accepting applications for the Praxis Partnership; a free, one-year, customized capacity building program for small nonprofits who serve children, youth, and families experiencing poverty in Washington, DC. Praxis Partners typically are organizations with budgets between $250K – $1M that are looking to build their infrastructure and take their organizations to the next level. Priority is given to organizations with leaders who have shared lived experience with the communities they serve. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Learn more about this opportunity here.

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.

Herb Block Foundation Pathways Out of Poverty Grant

The Herb Block Foundation seeks proposals for its Pathways Out of Poverty program which focus on improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to help young people in the greater Washington, DC region gain a quality education. Letters of intent are due no later than Thursday, February 2, 2023 For complete program guidelines and applications, click 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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