New free resources to support nonprofit employment in DC!

 

District of Learning launches new free resources to support nonprofit employment in DC

District Taco offering discounts to youth that complete job-related learning activities

Today, District of Learning announces the launch of free employment-related “learning playlists” for teens and young adults, in collaboration with the DC Talent Leaders initiative of the DC Department of Employment Services. Young people in the District of Columbia who complete these playlists can earn valuable Digital Badges— widely-recognized credentials that can help them on their paths to college and careers.

The Nonprofit Jobs series of eight playlists builds skills for working in nonprofit organizations, which account for a quarter of the District workforce. District of Learning engaged dozens of nonprofit leaders over the last few months to identify these topics as priority training areas for entry-level employees. Several sector-leading organizations helped develop the playlists. Learning topics include community engagement, volunteer resource management, creating budgets, fundraising, and measuring results.

Additional playlists in the new DC Job Ready series build cross-sector career skills. There are also digital badges to recognize job attendance, mentorship, teamwork, and effective communication.

“The Nonprofit Jobs and DC Job Ready playlists are innovative tools the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment (MBSYEP) program will utilize to enhance the experience of our youth, particularly those interested in the nonprofit sector,” said DC Department of Employment Services Interim Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. “We are excited to partner with District of Learning to help enrich the overall job training and internship of the over 10,500 youth participating in MBSYEP this summer.”

Youth who earn these digital badges will receive specialized trainings led by employers and experts, and connect with future job opportunities. They will also be awarded discount coupons from District Taco, which has joined to support this District-wide initiative.

“Our pathway to employment success started with a DC food truck and now we serve fresh and healthy Mexican food at locations across the District,” said District Taco co-founder Osiris Hoil. “We’re excited to team up with District of Learning to fuel career success for DC youth.”

The launch of these new resources are part of the DC Talent Leaders kickoff event on Wednesday, June 27 at 10am, at the University of District of Columbia-Bertie Backus Campus (5171 South Dakota Avenue Northeast).

District of Learning is connecting all the learning opportunities for teens and young adults in Greater DC—to help them explore their passions and strengthen their paths to college and careers. It is facilitated through the DC nonprofit organization Fair Chance. It is free for youth, employers, and other partners to participate. For more information, visit www.districtoflearning.org or email info@districtoflearning.org

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Playlists/Badges for Nonprofit Workforce Development

Over the last few weeks, we've engaged dozens of DC nonprofit leaders to help design our new initiative on Pathways to Employment in the Nonprofit Sector. Based on their advice and feedback, we are beginning work on the following eight playlists to support interest exploration and entry-level professional development in the nonprofit sector:

  • What is the Nonprofit Sector?
  • Working in a Mission Driven Organization
  • Introduction to Fundraising
  • Creating a Budget
  • Volunteer Resource Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Managing Up
  • Measuring Results

We'll be collaborating with nonprofit partners on developing and implementing these playlists over the next few months. Email us at info@districtoflearning.org if you are interested in learning more or joining this effort.

Pathways to Nonprofit Employment in DC

District of Learning and Fair Chance are launching an effort to strengthen pathways to employment in nonprofits in Greater DC.

The District has one of the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations in the nation, and nonprofits account for about a quarter of our workforce. Although workforce development pathways exist for other industry sectors (such as hospitality, construction, and healthcare) we lack similar workforce training and pathways for the nonprofit sector.

In response to this need, we are collaborating with the DC Department of Employment Services to develop a “Pathways to Employment in the Nonprofit Sector” initiative, with a priority on engaging Opportunity Youth. Our goals are:

  • Fostering interest exploration and learning pathways toward careers in the nonprofit sector;
  • Expanding internships and full-time employment with nonprofits for DC youth ages 18-24; and
  • Advancing professional development for entry-level employees in nonprofit organizations in Greater DC and beyond.

An anchor for this work will be District of Learning Playlists and Digital Badges aligned with skills that entry level nonprofit employees need. Our free District of Learning platform has many examples of employment-related playlists including;

There are additional career-related playlists already available to DC youth; and playlists across the nation that may be adapted for DC youth.

Initial topics for nonprofit employment pathways playlists will include community engagement, volunteer resource management, creating a budget, and fundraising. What other professional development needs should we prioritize?

If you have questions or would like to be involved in this effort, please email us at info@districtoflearning.org

 

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This effort is part of the emerging DC Talent Leaders initiative, and is made possible through the support of the DC Department of Employment Services and The Kimsey Foundation.

District of Learning launches next generation learning platform for teens and young adults in Greater DC

For Immediate Release: February 6, 2018

Contact: Michael Robbins (District of Learning) - michael@districtoflearning.org; (202) 525-6060

District of Learning launches free next generation learning platform for teens and young adults in Greater DC

Cinematic LRNG platform connects youth to local learning opportunities from a variety of sources

(Washington, DC)District of Learning announces today the launch of their free next generation LRNG platform that connects teens and young adults to learning opportunities across Greater DC. The platform at lrng.org/dc serves as a combination GPS, digital backpack, and Instagram feed for learning.

Through the District of Learning LRNG platform young people in Greater DC ages 13-24 can discover learning opportunities, establish secure accounts to plot and track their learning trajectory, and take credit for their learning no matter where or when it happens. Learners can earn digital badges that open up new opportunities and strengthen their paths to college and careers.

District of Learning is collaborating with dozens of local and national partners to identify and list all kinds of learning opportunities on the LRNG platform. Partners include afterschool programs, youth-development nonprofits, schools, arts organizations, environmental organizations, libraries, museums, government agencies, higher education institutions, and employers. It is free for partners to participate.

The LRNG platform now features a new interface and user experience to help teens and young adults personalize their learning journey. The platform has single sign on through Google and Facebook, and does not require users to download an application. The platform’s “mobile-first” design works seamlessly across smartphones and other internet-connected computing devices.

District of Learning is facilitated through the DC nonprofit organization Fair Chance, and made possible through support from The Kimsey Foundation and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. It is part of the Cities of LRNG movement that was incubated by the MacArthur Foundation and is now in cities across the nation. LRNG has been endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. For more details on District of Learning, visit www.districtoflearning.org

Partner and Stakeholder Meeting on February 15

Join us for this partner and stakeholder meeting to:

  • Catch up on the latest developments with District of Learning, including the exciting new learner interface for our free LRNG platform;
  • Network with others working to remake learning for teens and young adults in Greater DC; and
  • Help us chart our course for the coming year.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Networking and celebration to follow at a venue nearby from 5:00pm-6:30pm. (details forthcoming)

REGISTER HERE FOR THE MEETING

District of Learning connects learning opportunities across Greater DC to help teens and young adults pursue their passions and strengthen their paths to college and careers.

To learn more, visit www.districtoflearning.org. Please contact us at info@districtoflearning.org with any questions.

Congrats to our Playlist Challenge Winners!

Congratulations to the District of Learning Playlist Challenge winners!

1st Place - $1000: Martha's Table - Digital Voices Playlist (publishing soon) with the Boys & Girl's Clubs of Greater Washington
2nd Place - $750: One World Education - College and Career Senior Challenge Playlist
3rd Place - $500: Capital City Public Charter School - Makerbot 3D Printing Expert Playlist 

We were thrilled with all of the entrants, and look forward to holding another Challenge in the future. For more information on the Playlist Challenge visit https://districtoflearning.org/playlistchallenge.

Join us for the Playlist Challenge Showcase & Awards on 3/29

Join the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, Citybridge Education, and District of Learning for the District of Learning Playlist Challenge Showcase and Awards.

The Playlist Challenge is an opportunity for schools and community partners to help District youth explore their passions and strengthen their paths to college and careers. At this event, Challenge participants will pitch their playlists to a team of expert judges, and compete for top prizes of $1000, $750, and $500.

Come explore the next wave of innovation in personalized learning and workforce development for District youth!

For more information on the Challenge, visit https://districtoflearning.org/playlistchallenge

When:
Wednesday, March 29, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where:
Center City PCS - Shaw Campus, 711 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Register to attend here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-of-learning-playlist-challenge-showcase-awards-tickets-32889692957

Join the District of Learning Playlist Challenge!

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, CityBridge Education, The Kimsey Foundation, and District of Learning announce the District of Learning Playlist Challenge—an opportunity for schools and community partners to help District youth explore their passions and strengthen their paths to college and careers.

“Washington D.C. is home to unparalleled resources for learning, but we need better ways to help young people navigate learning paths across schools and community institutions to reap the full benefit of these resources,” said Deputy Mayor for Education Jennie Niles. “The District of Learning Playlist Challenge is a way to connect learning opportunities for DC youth, and link their passions to college and career success.”

The Challenge will help schools and organizations create District of Learning Playlists and share them with young people through the free District of Learning LRNG platform at http://www.lrng.org/dc. The Challenge includes free workshops and technical assistance for participants. Winners will be announced at the Playlist Challenge Showcase on March 15, with top prizes of $1000, $750, and $500.

CityBridge Education is collaborating with District of Learning to engage their Breakthrough Schools in the Playlist Challenge. “Playlists are a promising way for schools to personalize learning experiences for students,” said Caroline Hill from CityBridge Education. “We’re excited about how the Playlist Challenge will connect innovative schools to a broad range of personalized learning opportunities in our communities.”

District of Learning Playlists are collections of learning experiences organized around a theme. These learning experiences can happen anytime and anywhere—in school, the community, at home, and online. Learners that complete playlists earn Badges that embed the evidence of their learning and become part of their lifelong portfolio. Badges may also unlock real-world opportunities for youth, and lead to jobs and college admission.

The Playlist Challenge invites participants from all kinds of learning organizations: schools, afterschool programs, youth-development nonprofits, schools, arts organizations, environmental organizations, libraries, museums, government agencies, higher education institutions, and employers. Challenge participants will join the growing network of dozens of District of Learning collaborators.

The Challenge has a priority on learning for teens and young adults ages 13-24, but can include learning opportunities for children as young as 5. Focus areas for learning activities might include, but are not limited to:

  • Summer activities
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Arts and humanities
  • Health and wellness
  • Public service
  • Life skills
  • College access
  • Employment training

Key dates

  • February 2. Playlist Challenge launch.
  • February 7. Overview webcast.
  • February 15-16. In-person playlist design workshops.
  • February 21-March 3. Playlist design webcasts and customized technical assistance.
  • March 7. Entry deadline.
  • March 15. Playlist Challenge Showcase and Awards.

District of Learning is facilitated through the DC nonprofit organization Fair Chance, and made possible through support from The Kimsey Foundation. It is part of the Cities of LRNG movement that was incubated by the MacArthur Foundation and is now in ten cities across the nation. LRNG has been endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

For more details on the Playlist Challenge and to sign-up for updates, visit www.districtoflearning.org/playlistchallenge