Learn24 Newsletter - June 20, 2023


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer - Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

Multiple Summer Positions Available - DC Department of Parks and Recreation

Associate Director Youth & Family Services - DC Public Library

Policy Analyst - Department of Human Services

Youth Mobilization Manager - DC Action

Manager, Family and Youth in Transition - District of Columbia Public School

Director of Programs - The Fishing School

Learn24 Events

Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) Public Meeting - June 22, 2023 (Webinar)

Restorative Justice - June 27, 2023 (Washington, DC) - Sold Out

June: Fireside Chat with Executive Director - June 27, 2023 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Smithsonian Solstice Saturday - June 24, 2023 (Washington, DC)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate the first Saturday of summer by staying open late to celebrate.  Register to attend here

Learning Through Leading: Tiered Leadership Models for Adolescents - June 28, 2023 (Webinar)

Join the Foundations team and learn how to embed tiered leadership models into out-of-school-time programs in order to support youth as they grow to understand the program environment, explore careers, develop job readiness skills, and become leaders. More information can be found here.

Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health Supports for Out-of-School Time: A Conversation on Strategies and Systems - June 29, 2023 (Webinar)

Hosted by the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), this interactive webinar will begin with a presentation on building SEL and mental health capacity for OST programming followed by a facilitated discussion with system leaders on the best strategies to equitably address the SEL and mental health needs of children and families with consideration for culture, ethnicity, linguistic needs, income, historical context, and other factors. Register to attend here.

Level Up! Improving K-8 Math Outcomes Using Digital Games - July 17, 2023 (Webinar)

Join this session hosted by edWebinar to discuss how to incorporate digital game-based learning tools in the classroom. Register to attend 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.

Final Reminder: FY2024 Out of School Time Request for Applications Due June 30, 2023

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) is currently accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2024 Out of School Time Grant Competitions. These grant competitions invite high-performing, fiscally responsible, nonprofits that focus on child and youth development and serve school aged children and youth with OST programs to apply. Organizations applying must serve children and youth with a positive youth development approach. Grant funds may only be used to serve children and youth who reside within the District of Columbia. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm. No late applications will be considered. There will be no exceptions.

For more information regarding the FY24 Out of School Time Request for Applications (RFA) Grant Competitions, Information Sessions, or to ask specific questions, visit learn24.dc.gov or contact RFA.OST24@dc.gov.


Final Reminder: FY2024 Out of School Time Special Grant Competitions Request for Applications Due June 30, 2023

Last month, the OST Office released three special grant competition RFAs for FY24. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm. No late applications will be considered. There will be no exceptions. All applications must be completed here. View this training video on how to complete the FY24 OST Application in Cityspan here. More information regarding the specific grant competitions can be found below: 

For more information regarding the FY24 Out of School Time Request for Applications (RFA) Grant Competitions, Information Sessions, or to ask specific questions, visit learn24.dc.gov or contact RFA.OST24@dc.gov.

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, June 22, 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, June 20th at 5:00 pm

Register here to attend. 

June - Grantee Fireside Chat with the Executive Director of the OST Office

Join the Dr. Shontia Lowe, Executive Director of the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 2:00 pm for a informal conversation about first-hand experiences with the OST Office experience. Hear directly from the Executive Director regarding updates coming out of the OST Office, candidly share your experience with our Office as a grantee, and provide constructive feedback that would benefit the growth and development of the OST Office.

Register here to attend. 

Please Note: This meeting is specifically designed for organizations that currently receive funding from the OST Office. 

Join the Learn24 Community Advisory Network

The OST Office is forming a Learn24 Community Advisory Network to ensure the OST Office is being receptive and considering the needs of the community. The Learn24 Community Advisory Network will be a diverse set of stakeholders that have a strong interest in promoting community engagement, collaboration, and inclusivity in the services offered by the OST Office.

Submit your interest here to be considered no later than Friday, June 30, 2023

Spaces are limited.

Learn24 Spotlight


Daughters Overcoming Life's Lessons (D.O.L.L.S) & DREAMS INC offers four different types of programs for youth ages 7- 21. The programs include DREAMERS, DREAM CATCHERS, #KINGS, and The Dream Academy. The programs are designed to meet the needs of youth based on their age and support them in achieving their goals by providing a curriculum that focus on socio-emotional learning, education and emotional support, life skills and more. 

Learn more about D.O.L.L.S & DREAMS INC. and their programs here

Community Opportunities

DC Public Education Boundary and Student Assignment Study 2023 Town Halls

Join the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education at one of the upcoming Summer Town Halls to review the landscape of DCPS boundaries and student assignment analysis, provide feedback on initial policy and DCPS boundary and feeder scenarios. 

Fight For Children: Youth Sports Day - August 19, 2023

On Saturday, August 19, 2023, Fight For Children will host a free event that will be fun for the entire family! Come learn about afterschool programs that integrate sports with mentoring, social-emotional learning, academic tutoring, civic engagement and more. This event will take place at the The Fields at RFK and will feature sports activities, games and prizes, music, special guest and food trucks. More information can be found here.  

Funding Opportunities

FY23 OST Youth Scholarships Now Available

The OST Youth Scholarship Program is a new program, managed by the Greater Washington Community Foundation, with the goal of increasing access to OST programs for students with specific needs. Specifically, the program will support students who may be identified as at-risk. 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 2023.

Learn more 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

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, June 30, 2023. For more information regarding eligibility 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 Wednesday, July 5, 2023. Visit www.cafritzfoundation.org to learn more about the application process.

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects

The National Endowment for the Arts is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to selected organizations. The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 6, 2023. Learn more about program descriptions, a list of previous grant recipients, eligibility criteria, and application instructions are available here.

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 Tuesday, August  1, 2023. Apply here.

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