Youth Development

School Year 2017-2018 Out-of-School Time (OST) Grant Competition

The School Year 2017-18 OST Grant Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) invites high-performing, non-profit, youth development organizations serving children and youth between the ages of 5 – 18 years with OST program(s) that address key youth developmental outcomes to apply. Organizations applying must embody a general philosophy of positive youth development in their program design and primarily serve District children and youth.

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Summer Strong Initiative

United Way NCA announces the availability of a funding opportunity and invites qualified applicants to submit proposals to provide high quality summer programs to children, youth and young adults ages 5 – 24 years in the District of Columbia during the summer of Fiscal Year 2017.

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United Way of the National Capital Area Announces FY17 Summer Strong DC Initiative Grants

United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) is pleased to announce awards for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2017 Summer Strong DC Initiative (Summer Strong DC).

This grant competition invited high-performing, non-profit youth development organizations in Washington, DC, that serve young people between the ages of 5 and 24, to apply for FY17 summer program funding.  Summer Strong DC aligns with key youth developmental principles and outcomes that are needed to foster positive relationships and build on leadership strengths.

“Summer is a critical time for our young people,” said Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles. “Summer Strong DC is about giving our youth access to opportunities – securing their first job, enrolling in an academic program, learning how to swim, and much more. We’re excited to partner with United Way NCA and non-profit organizations across the city to ensure all students have a safe, healthy summer, and a strong start to the academic school year.”

Thirty-nine (39) grants totaling $2 Million have been awarded. The programs funded through these grants will serve children and youth in each of the District’s four quadrants, focusing predominantly on Wards 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8. 
The following organizations are being awarded grants:

1. A Greater Washington Field of Dreams
2. Amy Jacques Garvey Institute
3. Arts for Our Children
4. Beacon House
5. Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington
6. Center City Public Charter Schools
7. Children and Charity International
8. Citiwide Computer Training Center
9. City Gate
10. College Success Foundation
11. Community Services Foundation
12. Dance Place
13. DC Scores
14. Do The Write Thing
15. Friendship Public Charter School
16. GALA Hispanic Theatre
17. Healthy Babies Project, Inc.
18. Higher Achievement
19. Horton's Kids
20. Howard University Center for Urban Progress
21. Joy of Motion Dance Center
22. Jubilee Housing
23. Kid Power
24. Latin America Youth Center
25. Little Lights Urban Ministries
26. Martha’s Table
27. Multicultural Career Intern Program
28. National Center for Children and Families
29. National Housing Trust - Enterprise Preservation Corporation
30. Sasha Bruce Youthwork
31. Shaw Community Center
32. Sitar Arts Center
33. The Fishing School
34. The Learning Tree
35. The Urban Alliance
36. Thurgood Marshall Academy
37. Two Rivers Public Charter School
38. Washington Tennis and Education Foundation
39. Young Ladies of Tomorrow

The District has hundreds of activities lined up for the summer, including outdoor festivals, educational programs, free summer meals, and youth employment initiatives.  Residents can find more information at, an interactive website to discover what’s happening across the city. Follow Summer Strong DC on social media using #SummerStrongDC

Center for Excellence in Youth Development

The Center for Excellence in Youth Development (CEYD) at United Way NCA provides high-quality training for all District youth workers so that youth are better supported in their growth and development.

With courses designed for youth workers from entry-level staff members to program managers, CEYD provides proven methods as well as the most current thinking in youth development training. CEYD offers training for all youth workers in the national capital area, coordinating a community-wide effort to positively affect young lives through youth development.

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Online Youth Development Courses

The Center for Excellence in Youth Development (CEYD) offers low-cost and complimentary out-of-school time and nonprofit professional development online courses in partnership with the National Afterschool Association, Child Care Aware and CypherWorx. Course offerings include:

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