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Mayor Bowser Awards $9.3 Million in Grants to Support Afterschool Programs for District Youth

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Funds Will Benefit 11,000 District Youth for the 2020-2021 School Year

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser awarded $9.38 million to 92 non-profit organizations that support more than 11,000 youth in the District with access to quality out-of-school time (OST) programming. The funding will be awarded from the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) for Fiscal Year 2021. Programs will provide a variety of virtual and in-person environments. All grantees are expected to resume in-person programming when health conditions and local guidance permits.

“We know that out-of-school programs provide our young people with academic and enrichment activities that encourage character development and prepare them for school and life outside the classroom,” said Mayor Bowser. “These grants will continue our efforts to create safe and educational spaces for youth while supporting local nonprofits and creating job opportunities for residents.”

Studies show that children and youth that actively participate in quality afterschool programs are more likely to have higher graduation rates, better school attendance, and an increase in social-emotional development. Since October 2017, the OST Office has worked to improve the quality of OST programs in the District by administering training and workshops to youth development workers to enhance their skills, supporting organizations with capacity building and working with youth-serving organizations to enhance program design and implementation. 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 District of Columbia youth have access to a quality OST program.

These funds allocated by the Bowser Administration will help school-age youth in the District stay engaged and connected with community-based organizations and nonprofit organizations through academic and enrichment programming.

The following organizations will receive funding during School Year 2020-21:

A Greater Washington Fields of Dreams
After-School All-Stars DC
Amala Lives
Amy Jacques Garvey Institute
Arts for Our Children
Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development
Bancroft Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
Beacon House
Beta Omega Social Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Capital City Public Charter School
Capital Partners for Education
Center for Inspired Teaching
Children & Charity International
Children of Mine Youth Center
Children's Legacy Theatre
City Blossoms
City Kids Wilderness Project
College Success Foundation
College Tribe
Common Good City Farm
Community Services Foundation
Critical Exposure
Dance Institute of Washington (The)
Dance Place/DC Wheel Productions
DC Strings Workshop
DC Youth Orchestra Program
Do the Write Thing
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Eagle Academy Public Charter School
East of the River Boys & Girls Steelband
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
Education Plus 2
Ethiopian Community Center
Exodus Treatment Center
Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso
Fishing School (The)
For Love of Children
FreshFarm Food Prints
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Center
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Global Kids
Healthy Living
Helping Our People Empowerment Group (The)
Higher Achievement
Homeless Children's Playtime Project
Horton's Kids
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
Institute for African Man Development
Jubilee Housing
Kid Power
Latin American Youth Center
Latino Student Fund (The)
Little Lights Urban Ministries
Many Languages One Voice
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Men Can Stop Rape
Mentors of Minorities in Education
Metropolitan Alliance for Youth Advancement Foundation (The)
Multicultural Career Intern Program
Musicianship (The)
National Center for Children and Families
NOMIS Youth Network
Northeast Performing Arts Group
One Common Unity
Oye Palaver Hut
Peace Thru Culture
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC
Project Create
Reading Partners
Sasha Bruce Youthwork
Sewing Opportunity Never Ending
Shaw Community Center
Sitar Arts Center
Special Olympics District of Columbia
Tech Turn Up
United Planning Organization
Urban Alliance Foundation (The)
Urban Learning and Teaching Center
Washington Jazz Arts Institute
Washington School for Girls (The)
Washington Tennis and Education Foundation
Woodland Tigers (The)
Youth Entrepreneur Institute
Youth Organizations United to Rise Community Center

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) and the OST Office partnered with the United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) to facilitate the grant competition.

District residents can locate OST programs and resources for youth and youth-serving organizations throughout the city at