Learn24 Newsletter - May 8, 2023


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Multiple Positions Available - National Center for Children and Families

Washington School for Girls Out of School Time Program Coordinator

Washington School For Girls After School Tutor

Sasha Bruce Youthwork Program Manager

Critical Exposure Development Director

For the Love of Children Development Manager

Director of Individual Giving - Levine Music

Multiple Positions - Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

Learn24 Events

Becoming Anti-Racist is a Journey; Not a Destination

This training challenges attendees to move along the anti-racist continuum (from fear to learning to growth) and provides open dialogue, as well as exercises and tools for participants to become active dismantlers of the racism that exists in their day-to-day interactions and experiences.

May 16, 2023 8:30am-3:00pm

Register here.

Professional Development Opportunities

Youth work is a sacred opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of children and youth. Join us for an exciting webinar featuring authors from the recent volume The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field: Professional Journeys of Growth, Connection, and Transformation. Register here.

LGBTQ+ Professionals Development

Join Myriad on the second Friday of the month, 11:00am to 12:30pm for a chat with other professionals about ways to better support LGBTQ+ folk. Learn more and 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.

Afterschool in DC Award

Did You Know Washington DC  Ranks #1 Nationally for Afterschool Programming?

According to an Afterschool Alliances report, Washington, D.C. is ranked first in the top 10 states for afterschool, in large part due to the fact that its participation rate of 24 percent is higher than any state in 2020, with more than 21,000 children taking part in a program. D.C. also saw a 50 percent reduction in the rate of children alone and unsupervised in the hours afterschool, dropping from 26 percent in 2014 to 13 percent in 2020. Additionally, parents rank programs highly, with more than 9 in 10 D.C. parents reporting that they are satisfied with their child’s afterschool program. Learn more here.

My After School DC Working Group


Become a Member of the OST Commission

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. The Commission is especially seeking members that are youth and who have engaged in OST programming. Learn more here.

Join My Afterschool DC Working Groups

The OST Office is establishing multiple working groups in support of the prospective My Afterschool DC initiative. If you are interested in engaging in one or more of our working groups that are focusing specifically on My Afterschool DC, please email the Executive Director of the OST Office, Dr. Shontia Lowe, at Shontia.Lowe@dc.gov by COB on Wednesday May 10, 2023 to indicate your interest. More information will be forthcoming for those that have indicated an interest shortly after.

Working group space is limited so please indicate your interest as soon as you can. We look forward to continuing to partner with you.



Share Your Support of OST with DC City Council

While DC government is still in the final stages of the FY24 budget formulation, My Afterschool DC (an expansion of investments in after school seats and the OST Office’s capacity) passed through the committee budget markup but the committee of the whole included a recommendation to scale back the staff required for the My Afterschool DC web platform. My Afterschool DC represents our continued investment in the OST Office’s grantees and youth, and it is our down payment on afterschool for all children, youth, and families across the District that want it, starting with priority elementary schools. We anticipate that Council may make cuts to this initiative in the budget they will present for a first vote on 5/16.  

If you support the OST investments preservation, expanded investments in our children, youth, and families, and the OST FY24 budget (inclusive of My Afterschool DC), and if you want to ensure that your voices are heard, we encourage you to engage with members of the DC Council now, and especially between the first vote on the budget (5/16) and the final vote on the budget (5/30).

Learn24 Spotlight

Horizons of Greater Washington 

Horizons of Greater Washington is an award-winning, tuition-free academic and enrichment program serving DC public and charter school students and families from underserved communities through extended learning, hands on enrichment, leadership development, field trips and culturally-reflective services.

Learn more about their mission and programming here.

Professional Development

Upcoming Workshops Hosted by the OST 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.

Becoming Anti-Racist is a Journey; Not A Destination Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


OST Grants

FY24 OST Grant Announcement Coming Soon

Mark Your Calendar! The OST Office will be announcing their FY24 OST grants, as follows:

  • FY24 OST/ Small Nonprofit and Coordinating Entities RFA is scheduled to be posted on the Learn24 website  by May 17, 2024. 
  • OST Special Competition RFAs are scheduled to be posted by May 31, 2023. 

Other Funding Opportunities 

Martha's Table Community Impact Fund 

Up to 13 unrestricted, two-year general operating grants will be awarded once a year. Each grant will be a maximum of $10,000 per year for a total of up to $20,000 which can be used to support a range of activities including targeted initiatives and/or unrestricted, capacity-building.  For consideration, applicants must submit a proposal via The Community’s Foundation’s online application system no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023. Learn more here.


Multicultural Summer Youth Employment Program

The District of Columbia’s Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) is soliciting grant applications from qualified 501(c)(3) community-based organizations (CBOs) serving the District’s Latino constituents [residents and/or business owners] – for its FY2023 Multicultural Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The FY2023 SYEP offers CBOs with a current and valid 501(c) (3) status located in the District of Columbia one-time grant of up to $15,000 for operational costs and additional funding for youth stipend. The grant is intended to provide District of Columbia youth ages 14-24 with meaningful and structured summer experience and career readiness opportunities and services with a variety of community-based partners for the duration of the SYEP. Awarded grants will range is up to $15,000. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22, 2023 at 5:00 PM. For more information, please click here

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

The Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant

Shape America is accepting applications for the Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant to support recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. Grants are awarded up to $1,500 per year. For consideration, applications must be received by Thursday, June 1, 2023. Review the application here.

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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