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Mayor Bowser Announces Funding for 113 Nonprofit Organizations to Increase Out-of-School Time Programming for 15,000 Youth

Monday, November 28, 2022

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced 113 nonprofit organizations that will receive grant funding from the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) to create and expand opportunities beyond the school day for approximately 15,000 school-aged youth. The $16.4 million investment will provide students with opportunities to access free or low-cost activities focused on academics, arts, athletics, dance, financial literacy, mentoring, music, social-emotional support, STEM, and much more. Families can explore available programming on the OST website through the Learn24 Program Finder.

“We know that on top of all the incredible work going on in our schools, our students need and deserve access to high-quality and engaging programming before and after school and on the weekends,” said Mayor Bowser. “These organizations are working with our schools to ensure all students have pathways to success and opportunities to explore and cultivate their interests and talents, and we encourage families to reach out if they need help finding a program.”

Since October 2017, the OST Office has worked to improve the quality of OST programs in the District by facilitating workshops that improve the skills of youth development professionals, supporting capacity building within organizations, and partnering with organizations that improve the educational, social, emotional, and physical health outcomes of young people.

“These organizations have demonstrated a strong ability to connect with our youth in their communities, in a way that creates positive outcomes that will shape the future of the children involved,” said Dr. Shontia Lowe, Executive Director of the OST Office. “Positive youth development is cultivated through continued partnerships with organizations focused on delivering high-quality programming that is responsive to our youth’s needs, and that allows our youth to have fun, whilst engaging in activities that align with their passions, desires, and interests.”

The OST Office leads the Learn24 network, which consists of OST programs, government agencies, the Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes, the Institute for Youth Development, and other key stakeholders that are committed to ensuring all DC youth have access to quality OST programs.

The following organizations will receive funding during Fiscal Year 2023 and School Year 2022-2023:

  • 826DC
  • A Greater Washington Field of Dreams
  • Access Youth, Inc
  • Afterschool-All Stars
  • Amala Lives
  • Amy Jacques Garvey Institute
  • Arts for Our Children, Inc.
  • Asian American LEAD
  • Beacon House Community Ministry, Inc.
  • BEST Kids, Inc.
  • Beta Omega Social Services, Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington
  • BUILD Metro DC
  • Capital City Public Charter School
  • Capitol Partners for Education
  • Capitol Movement, Inc.
  • Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Children & Charity International
  • Children’s Art Studio
  • Children’s Legacy Theatre
  • City Blossoms
  • City Gate, Inc.
  • City Kids to Wilderness Project
  • City Dance, Inc.
  • Collaborative Solutions for Communities
  • College Track
  • Common Good City Farm
  • Community Services Foundation
  • Creative Solutions 4 Youth
  • Critical Exposure
  • Dance Makers, Inc.
  • Dance Place
  • Day Eight
  • DC Doors, Inc.
  • DC Independent Film Festival
  • DC Youth Orchestra Program
  • Do The Write Thing Foundation of DC
  • Eagle Academy Public Charter School
  • East of the River Boys and Girls Steelband
  • East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
  • Education Plus 2
  • Exodus Treatment Center, Inc.
  • Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso
  • FRESHFARM Markets, INC.
  • GALA Hispanic Theatre
  • Girls and Women’s Empowerment and Development Organization
  • Global Kids, Inc.
  • Healthy Babies Project
  • Higher Achievement
  • Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
  • Horizons Greater Washington
  • Horton’s Kids
  • Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
  • Jubilee Housing
  • Kid Power
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center
  • Levine Music, Inc
  • Liberty’s Promise
  • Life Success Center for Children, Youth, and Families
  • Little Lights Urban Ministries
  • Many Languages One Voice
  • Maya Angelou Public Charter School
  • Men Can Stop Rape
  • Mentors of Minorities in Education, Inc.
  • Mikva Challenge Foundation, Inc.
  • Mission First Housing Group
  • Monument Academy Public Charter School
  • Multicultural Career Intern Program
  • NOMIS Youth Network
  • One Common Unity
  • One World Education
  • Open Goal Project
  • Oye Palaver Hut
  • Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC Inc.
  • Positive Focus Foundation
  • Project Create
  • Reading Partners
  • Recreation Wish List Committee
  • RISE
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • Shaw Community Ministry
  • Sitar Arts Center
  • Smart from the Start
  • Student-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership
  • Tech Turn Up
  • The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Inc.
  • The Dance Institute of Washington
  • The Ethiopian Community Services and Development Council
  • The Fishing School
  • The Helping Our People Empowerment Group
  • The House, Inc.
  • The Latino Student Fund
  • The Metropolitan Alliance for Youth Advancement Foundation, Inc.
  • The MusicianShip DC
  • The National Center for Children and Families
  • The Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy
  • Tumaini DC
  • Tutoring Café
  • United Planning Organization
  • Washington Nationals Philanthropies
  • Washington School for Girls
  • Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
  • Woodland Tigers
  • Words, Beats and Life, Inc.
  • Young Playwrights’ Theater
  • YWCA National Capital Area, Inc.
  • Young Women’s ProjectYouth Entrepreneur Institute
  • Youth Organization United to Rise

Learn more about the OST Office at learn24.dc.gov.

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