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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org