Learn24 Newsletter - February 17, 2023


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Recreation Specialist - DC Department of Parks and Recreation

Career & Technical Education Director - Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Workforce Development Specialist MBSYEP Case Manager - Department of Employment Services

Program Specialist - Office of the State Superintendent for Education

Data Analyst - District of Columbia Public Charter School Board

Multiple Positions Available - Children's Defense Fund

Learn24 Events

Racial Equity Series: Defining Racism - February 24, 2023 (Washington, DC)

Best Practices of Youth Work - March 1, 2023 (Webinar)

Gender and Sexuality - March 2, 2023 (Webinar)

OST Commission - March 23, 2023 (Webinar)

Summer in the City 2023 - March 25, 2023 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Fundraising Training: Black Women Capacity Building Grant, Presented by JPMorgan Chase - February 23, 2023 (Webinar)

In partnership with JP Morgan Chase, The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will provide fundraising training at no cost for Black women nonprofit leaders serving Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities of Washington, DC. Register to attend here.

Cultural Responsiveness - March 3, 2023 (Webinar)

The Cultural Responsiveness: An Inclusive Approach for Youth Programs workshop explores cultural identities, perspectives, and relationships that impact youth and shares best practices for an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment for all youth. Register to attend 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.

Understanding Social Emotional Development and a Way to Healing - March 27, 2023 (Webinar)

Join this webinar hosted by the Minnesota Association for Children's Health to explore ways to foster healing by focusing on each child’s needs and examining how to support families by exploring resources that help families support children at home. 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.

Welcoming Sheniyah Mitchell to the OST Team

Recently, the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) welcomed a new Grants Management Specialist Sheniyah Mitchell, to the team. Most recently, Sheniyah worked for the State of Maryland overseeing Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Grants. Join us in welcoming Sheniyah to the OST Office! 

Learn more about the entire OST Office staff here!

Upcoming Workshops Hosted by 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.

Space is limited! Register today.

Save the Date: Summer In The City 2023

Join the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education's (DME) Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for Summer in the City! This is an opportunity to hear about the various programming opportunities, learning experiences, jobs, and more available for youth during the summer months. In attendance will be approximately 50 partners that include government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and more that will be able to provide valuable information with District families about how to keep our youth actively engaged after the school year ends.

Register to attend here.

Tax Check Off

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

Sasha Bruce Youthwork

Presently, Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Sasha Bruce helps provide a structured, safe, and embracing afterschool environment where students experiencing instability, homelessness, or at highest risk of homelessness, receive academic and social-emotional support to positively impact their wellbeing.

By incorporating holistic wellness and self-care practices into the daily routines youth are intentionally engaged in a space that builds self-care and personal wellness into their daily lives. Deliberately choosing culinary, artistic, and conversational outlets using multiple modalities to assist students in exploring healthy choices while bonding as an out of school club. Projects have included creating organic smoothies and juices, taste-testing a variety of new fresh fruits and vegetables, learning about hygiene products and practices, exploring youth gardens, utilizing essential oils as calming tools, lavender oils, continuing to work on yoga and breathing techniques, creating circles to share feelings and stories, and exploring meditative art. Activities are suggested by youth and often student-led, which has contributed to the development of a safe, positive, joyful, and engaged space during OST enrichment.

Another highlight included encouraging OST students to document their experiences in the program and create evaluations for us to better understand what their best learning outcomes were throughout the year with a student voice photo gallery exhibition. View the slideshow here.

Click here to learn more about Sasha Bruce Youthwork and how to participate. 

Community Opportunities

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OCA Speaker Series: Gun Violence Prevention-Voices of the Community  

Please join the Office of Racial Equity in partnership with the Office of Gun Violence Prevention for the OCA Speaker Series featuring District of Columbia violence intervention and prevention community experts. One step toward embedding a racial equity lens in government is meaningful engagement with BIPOC communities. This step is crucial to amplify community voices in the design, delivery, and implementation of policies, programs, and budgets. Please join a moderated panel discussion featuring the following distinguished panelists:

More information can be found here


2023 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Application Period Open 

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) officially launched the application period for the 2023 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP). District youth between the ages of 14 to 24 and interested employers are encouraged to apply online at summerjobs.dc.gov. The deadline to apply for MBSYEP is Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Selected youth will undergo six weeks of enriching and constructive summer work experience through subsidized placements in the private and public sectors. More information can be found here

Funding Opportunities

DPR Rec for ALL Community Grants

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that applications are also now being accepted for DPR’s Rec for ALL Community Grants to support programs, activities, and events for young District residents. These grants will empower community-based organizations to engage youth ages 6-18 through recreation with an emphasis on those with barriers to access. The $3 million investment is expected to support at least 250 grants that will reach over 10,000 DC youth. Rec for ALL Grants include:

  • Support Grants – Up to $5,000 that can be used to purchase equipment, supplies, or materials for existing programs.
  • Engagement Grants – Up to $10,000 to support field trips and other enrichment activities.
  • Event and Travel Grants – Up to $10,000 to provide travel to athletic competitions for youth groups.
  • Programming Grants – Up to $150,000 in funding geared toward established organizations to fund the expansion of new or existing recurring programs.

Applications will be accepted on an on-going rolling basis until Monday, July 30, 2023 or until funds are exhausted. Learn more about this opportunity here

David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Award

The David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund awards selected nonprofit leaders in the Greater Washington region up to $15,000 to attend an intensive executive training program. This professional development program will enhance the attendees leadership, creative thinking, strategy, and management skills. The deadline to submit a letter of interest is Tuesday, February 23, 2023. Learn more about focus areas, eligibility criteria, deadlines, and past awardees by clicking here

TEGNA Foundation Community Grants

The TEGNA Foundation Community Grants offers up to $5,000 in grant assistance to organizations operating in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Community Grants commonly support areas such as education, youth development, hunger, emergency assistance to families and individuals in crisis, and environmental conservation. Grant applications must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2023 to be considered. Information on how to apply can be found here.

The Sheila Fortune Foundation (SFF) provides funding of up to $10,000 for art programs for "at-risk" youth. The SFF Board and staff use this term to describe youth who are facing the challenges of poverty, juvenile delinquency, parental substance abuse, and negligence. When minimal education and language barriers exist the difficulty is compounded and trying to deal with the challenges of staying in school is almost insurmountable. A purpose of the Sheila Fortune Foundation is to provide an outlet through the performing arts for the frustrated, anxious, and repressed feelings of the “at-risk” youth. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 3, 2023. Review the application here.

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation will fund nonprofit organizations up to $20,000 in program funding and/or operating funds. Areas of focus include museums, arts and culture, performing arts, education, schools, youth, and more. Applications must be received by Saturday, May 11, 2023 to be considered. To learn more information regarding deadlines, criteria, and past recipients please, click here.

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