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 possible through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) and United Way NCA serves as the grant making partner.

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.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer an Out of School Time (OST) and/or Summer grant competition, please contact Abby Bonder, Director of OST Grants Administration at 202-488-2008 or abonder@uwnca.org.

To find out about grant opportunities, please contact Abby Bonder at (202) 488-2008 or abonder@uwnca.org.

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.