Learn24 Newsletter - October 10, 2023


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

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Associate Director of Legislative and Government Affairs - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

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Learn24 Events

Restorative Justice - October 17, 2023 (Washington, DC)

Essentials of an SEL Framework - October 18, 2023 (Webinar)

Developmental Youth Outcomes - October 23, 2023 (Webinar)

Youth Voice - October 23, 2023 (Webinar)

Gender and Sexuality 101 - October 23, 2023 (Webinar)

Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission) Public Meeting - October 26, 2023 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

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.

How to Foster Belonging and Life Skills: Lessons from 100+ OST Programs - October 17, 2023 (Webinar)

The National AfterSchool Association, Ever Hour Counts, and the Wallace Foundation will be hosting a webinar designed to discuss how to be more intentional about fostering young people's sense of belonging and building important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. Register to attend here

Igniting Sparks - October 25-26, 2023 (Webinar)

Join the Search Institute as they hold an interactive workshop to discuss research-based approach to helping youth discover their sparks to be and become their best selves. Come learn how to engage young people in identifying, cultivating, and expressing their sparks. Learn more here.

STEM, Your Classroom, and Community: Fostering Connections, Engagement, and Outreach - November 8, 2023 (Webinar)

This webinar conducted by EducationWeek delves into the power of community engagement and its role in encouraging students to step out into the world of experiential STEM learning. Discover how collaboration between educators, local organizations, and community leaders can enrich STEM education by providing students with real-world experiences and hands-on learning opportunities. Register to attend here.

How to Find Grants for Your Nonprofit - December 6, 2023 (Webinar)

This interactive session conducted by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement will provide attendees with tips and tools for locating grant funders. Learn how to pitch grant funders and more 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 Marcus Shaw

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) would like to welcome to the team Marcus Shaw, the newest Grants Management Specialist (GMS)! Marcus’ expertise extends to lead investigation and resource coordination, managing small business loans, and property and general management. His academic background includes a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy and a Bachelor of Political Science and Global Studies. Marcus says, "I remain committed to the OST pursuit of excellence and upholding the highest possible standards of professionalism and integrity.”

Join us in welcoming Marcus to the OST Team!


Upcoming Virtual Workshops from The Institute for Youth Development 

The OST Office's 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.

Register now! Space is limited. 

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

There will be an OST Commission Meeting dedicated to discussing the draft OST Strategic Plan on Thursday, October 26, 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, if any, and if available, submit one electronic copy of their testimony two business days prior to the meeting. 

Register here to attend. 

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. 

Learn24 Spotlight

Higher Achievement

Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement's proven model offers 5th-8th grade scholars a rigorous learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, culminating in placement in college preparatory high schools. Participants in Higher Achievement afterschool programs can receive academic enrichment and homework support, mentoring, and social emotional skill building rooted in social justice. 

To learn more about Higher Achievement, become a mentor, the communities they serve and more, click here


Promising Practices

 What are Developmental Youth Outcomes?

A high percentage of professionals enter the youth development field because they possess an unbelievable passion and love for working with young people.  This level of passion is admirable and should be a pre-requisite for working in the field.  However, as each professional grows their youth development tool kit with strategies that increase their effectiveness as a practitioner, passion should also begin to transform into achievable results. 

One of the most effective ways that each practitioner can increase the probability of successfully preparing youth for this journey is by employing the research, strategies, and concepts of Developmental Youth Outcomes.

Developmental Youth Outcomes are the attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that practitioners hope all youth will achieve because of their participation and engagement in their respective programs.  Youth outcomes are divided into two categories of identity and ability. When children and youth demonstrate a positive identity, they have a sense of personal well-being and a sense of connection to commitment to others. When children and youth demonstrate ability they gain knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them for college, career and life.  The below table provides the six attributes in the areas of ability and identity:

Areas of Ability

Areas of Identity

Physical Health

Safety and Structure

Mental Health


Intellectual Ability

Mastery and Future


Belonging and Membership

Civic and Social Ability

Responsibility and Autonomy

Cultural Ability

Self-Awareness and Spirituality

Focusing on Developmental Youth Outcomes will help practitioners turn their passions into achievable results that have a measurable component.  This will simultaneously help young people attain results in specific areas of their lives effectively turning success into measurable objectives.

Find additional information here and join the upcoming Learn24 Interactive Workshop Developmental Youth Outcomes on October 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Register here.

Community Opportunities

Black Student Fund and Latino Student Fund - Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Black Student Fund and Latino Student Fund will host their Annual School Fair on Sunday, October 15, 2023. This forum is a chance for families to learn about independent school education and engage students, teachers and administrators from more than 70 local and national independent schools and educational programs. This event will also include workshops, recorded content, and a digital resources library. More information can be found here.  

STEAMNOVATION Conference - Saturday, October 21, 2023 

Join the District Motherhued® and Google for an interactive and engaging one-day conference for middle and high school scholars (grades 6th through 12th), designed to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The STEAMNOVATION Conference is an interactive and engaging one-day conference for middle and high school scholars (grades 6th through 12th), designed to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

A wide range of hands-on activities, workshops and talks designed to encourage creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking will take place at this conference. More information can be found here.

Celebrate the 24th Annual Lights On Afterschool on Thursday, October 26, 2023!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. 

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

Programs interested in learning more about how they can advocate for afterschool programs to boost student achievement, host an event, find an event, gather advice from professionals, engage policy makers and more should click here.


Research From the Field

Strengthening Youth Programs with Insights from Youth-Led Research

A recent posting from the Forum for Youth Investment explores the various insights and experiences shared by young people and adults who collaborated on the groundbreaking study "From Access to Equity," supported by the Wallace Foundation.  Learn about how their intentional partnership is sharpening understanding of access and equity as critical factors that shape program quality. 

Read the entire article here

Funding Opportunities

The Shubert Foundation

The Shubert Foundation awards grants towards general operating support for dance organizations that operate in the United States. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 18, 2023 by 6:00 pm. Learn more about the funding criteria, past grantees, eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, and more 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.

2023 STRDY World Scholarship Contest

STRDY is a clothing brand and company founded in 2022 by natives of the District of Columbia, with the mission of providing high quality clothing and giving back to the community is providing recent high school graduates the opportunity to win $1,500 in funds. Four winners will be selected. Individuals must be DC residents who graduated from a DC Public School or DC Public Charter School during the 2022-2023 academic year. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 1, 2023. For more information, please click here

Sparkplug Foundation Grant

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, preliminary questions must be received by Thursday, November 2, 2023. For more information on deadlines and criteria, click 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 Friday, November 10, 2023, to be considered. To learn more information regarding deadlines, criteria, and past recipients please, click here.

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