Youth Development

In partnership with the Government of the District of Columbia (the District) United Way of the National Capital Area looks to build and support strong organizations that can provide children and youth with high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programming. Funding availability is made available through the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office), located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME).

To accomplish this mission, we will:

  • Facilitate transparent grant competitions.
  • Strengthen partner organizations by providing financial and programmatic support.
  • Support the District’s Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes in implementing the strategic plan.

Youth development is an approach that engages children and youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths’ strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for youth by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their strengths.

Youth development program means an opportunity or service that engages youth in a variety of social, emotional, educational, and recreational activities to promote improvements to their intellectual, behavioral and physical well-being, consistent with a youth development approach.

The intent of these grant dollars is to improve the educational, social-emotional, and physical health outcomes of children and youth through participation in OST programs. DME seeks to fund youth serving organizations that provide intentional opportunities along with corresponding supports and services that help children and youth reach developmental outcomes and have meaningful roles in their community.

To view the current list of SY18-19 OST Grantees, click here.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for an Out of School Time (OST) and/or Summer grant competition, please contact the United Way NCA Grants Team at 202-488-2008 or grants@uwnca.org.

To find out about grant opportunities, please contact the United Way NCA Grants Team at (202) 488-2008 or grants@uwnca.org.

Requests for Applications for School Year 2020-2021

School Year 2020 – 2021 21 OST Request for Applications


School Year 2020 – 2021 Small Nonprofit OST Request for Applications


Grant Information Sessions

  • Learn24 Grant Information Session – School Year 2020-21 on July 1, 2:00 pm. Register here.
  • Learn24 Grant Information Session – Small Nonprofit School Year 2020-21 on July 1, 10:00 am. Register here.

Logic Model Training: Learn24 will host a workshop centered on creating a required program logic model:

Closed: 2020 Summer Coordinating Entity Competition


Closed: 2020 Summer Enrichment at DCPS/DPR Sites Competition


Closed: 2020 Summer Strong DC Competition


Closed: 2020 Small Nonprofit Summer Strong DC Competition


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FAQS

  • What is Youth Development?

    Youth development is an approach that engages children and youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths’ strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for youth by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their strengths.

    Youth development program means an opportunity or service that engages youth in a variety of social, emotional, educational, and recreational activities to promote improvements to their intellectual, behavioral and physical well-being, consistent with a youth development approach.

  • What is the target age of Youth Development work?

    Funding opportunities are geared toward high-performing, non-profit, youth development organizations serving children and youth between the ages of 5-18 years.

  • What is the goal of the program?

    The goal is to build and support strong organizations that can provide children and youth with high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programming.