(Washington, D.C.) The Bowser Administration today announced that it has selected United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) as the FY2019 grantmaking partner to assist with the distribution of over $11.7 million in Out of School Time Grants.
The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office), located within the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), will direct UWNCA on how to administer and award the funds to youth-serving organizations that will increase the number of slots available to serve youth ages 5 to 21 with opportunities beyond the regular school day.
“The Bowser Administration is committed to ensuring students across all eight wards have opportunities to grow and thrive both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Interim Deputy Mayor for Education Ahnna Smith. “Through strong partnerships with community based organizations, we will continue to create positive out of school time experiences for our young people.”
“United Way of the National Capital Area is pleased to continue our partnership with the OST Office on this most important work of providing quality programming to DC’s youth,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO of UWNCA. “This critical work is aligned with our commitment to education and along with the District of Columbia; we are focused on increasing access to high quality programs that meet the needs of our youth and the community.”
In October of 2017, Mayor Bowser launched the OST office within the DME to ensure children and youth in the District of Columbia have access to safe places to learn and discover their passions and interests beyond the regular school day.
District residents can visit the Learn24 website to find afterschool and summer programs for youth ages 5-21 years old. The OST Office provides capacity building and professional development opportunities to programs seeking to improve the educational, social-emotional and physical health outcomes of District of Columbia youth.