Learn24 Newsletter - September 26, 2023


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

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Job Opportunities

Associate Director Youth & Family Services - DC Public Library

Director, Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships - ServeDC

Workforce Specialist - Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Assistant Site Director - Horizons Greater Washington

Director Of Trauma Informed Care - Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

Manager of School and Family Programs - Museum of the Bible

Equity, Impact, and Anti-Racism Manager - The Literacy Lab

Learn24 Events

September: Fireside Chat with Executive Director - September 26, 2023 (Webinar)

Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) Public Meeting - September 28, 2023 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Board Basics A-Z: A Three-Day Bootcamp for Nonprofit Board Members - Multiple Dates (Webinar)

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center are offering this course to provide a complete overview of the board member's role, fully explaining the expectations and responsibilities of a nonprofit board. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Community & Partner Call: A Community- and Data-Driven Approach to Funding Racial Justice Grassroots Organizing - October 10, 2023 (Webinar)

This session will unpack these important nuances and will highlight examples of how grantmakers are relying on rigor and continuous learning to understand impact. Participants can expect to gain a clear understanding of trust-based philanthropy’s three-pronged approach to learning and evaluation, as well as concrete tools they can use to implement in their own work. Learn more here.

Mitigating Crises: Paving the Way for Healing - October 11, 2023 (Webinar)

Build on ways to effectively mitigate crises and help students, staff, and families recover at this webinar hosted by Foundation Inc. Practice proven approaches to establishing safe, supportive environments that foster healing for all stakeholders. Leave with tools for open dialogue, de-escalation techniques, and methods to navigate emotional landscapes. Register to attend here.

Mapping Your Impact - October 12, 2023 (Webinar)

This webinar hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement will discuss why impact mapping is important for nonprofit organizations seeking to gain funding from additional sources. Explore how an evaluation system that helps demonstrate impact.  Register  here.

The Burnout Prevention Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat Registration - October 25-27, 2023 (Sabillasville, MD)

The NMC Burnout Prevention Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat is a stress-reduction and mindfulness event designed for people in high demand or stressful roles or life circumstances that can easily lead to burnout. Whether you are an executive, a social worker or a caretaker, this retreat is appropriate for all looking to live well and feel good. Register to attend here

2023 SEL Exchange - November 7 -9, 2023 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Hosted by CASEL, the Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Exchange is the nation’s largest forum on SEL. The SEL Exchange is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect and learn with leaders from around the world. The theme for 2023 is "Leaders as Learners: Building the Village Our Children Need." 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.

The OST Commission is Accepting Applications for New Commissioners

The Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) is currently accepting applications from stakeholders who are committed to supporting equitable access to high-quality OST programs in the District of Columbia. Parents and youth are strongly encouraged to apply. The OST Commission focuses on providing resources and support to ensure a citywide system of high-quality OST programs. Interested in joining? Click here to submit your application. 

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

Join Dr. Shontia Lowe, Executive Director of the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 2:00 pm as we continue the ongoing conversation with grantees. Grantees will have the opportunity to share their first-hand experiences with the OST Office. 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. 

Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes Public Meeting

There will be an OST Commission Meeting dedicated to discussing and voting on the final draft of the OST Office's 2023-2026 Strategic Plan on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 6:00 pm. Any individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at this meeting should notify the OST Office in advance by email at learn24@dc.gov.   Individuals should furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, and submit one electronic copy of their testimony two business days prior to the meeting. 

Register here to attend. 

Learn24 Spotlight

So What Else

So What Else's (SWE) youth development branch offers afterschool programs, summer camps, volunteer opportunities, and healthy meals for students. In 2019, SWE operated 102 programs, 24 summer and spring break camps and served 30,000 meals through these programs. All SWE programs are free for children ages 5-18 and feature a diverse curriculum of courses designed to foster academic achievement, inspire community engagement, teach teamwork and empathy, nurture a healthy lifestyle, engender a sense of well-being and self-efficacy, and promote environmental stewardship. SWE travels to underserved neighborhoods to directly offer curriculum-based programming at the sites where our students live. SWE Curriculum includes: Integrative Wellness, Expressive Arts, Healthy Cooking, The Big Idea, Arts & Activism, Eco Art, Mixed Programming, Olympiad/Sports, Green Path Academy, STEM, and Literacy. The 12-24 weeklong programs are created by youth development professionals on SWE's senior staff, in partnership with content experts in collaborating organizations. We are currently in a tiered re-opening of our in-person programs and currently offer Integrative Wellness Virtual Enrichment Programs, Full Time virtual and safe, in-person programs at the Wingate Garden Apartments in SW DC and Future Leaders Club, a leadership club for teens at Rockville Housing and The Wingate.

Find out more about So What Else and their programming here

Community Opportunities

DC Arts Education Town Hall

Join the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, for a spotlight of the arts and humanities education community. This event beckons artists, art enthusiasts, educators, practitioners, and citizens alike. Participate in the brilliance of DC's local community and collaborate in lively discussions. As we unravel the significance, challenges, and aspirations of arts and humanities education in our nation's capital, join us in championing the arts as a catalyst for change, unity, and inspiration.

Learn more about this opportunity here.

Funding Opportunities

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 Saturday, September 30, 2023. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, click here.

Budding Botanist Grant

The Klorane Botanical Foundation is committed to supporting programs that teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our students learn about plants, explore their world, and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. The grant award amount is $500. Grant applications must be received by Friday, October 20, 2023, to be considered. Learn more about this opportunity here.

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of DC-area residents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable and underserved individuals. Organizations that provide comprehensive services and work towards systemic change are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Here is information regarding the application process, funding restrictions, previous grant recipients, and more.

Sparkplug Foundation to Fund Nonprofit Organizations up to $20K

The Sparkplug Foundation seeks to fund projects that educate and support communities, including but not limited to school-age students, that move beyond traditional classroom instruction. Priority areas of funding include education, community organizing, and music. Past awardees have received grants of up to $20,000. For consideration the letter of intent must be received by Thursday, November 2, 2023. For more information on deadlines and criteria, click here

American Association of University Women Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women offers grant assistance to community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects promoting education and equity for women and girls. Grant awards range from $3,000 to $10,000. Applications must be received by Wednesday, November 15, 2023. View information regarding eligibility, selection criteria, regulations, required components, and more here

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

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

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