Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tweets of the day (5/31/14)

Literacy Carnival June 7

Reach, Inc.'s 2nd Annual Literacy Carnival takes place Saturday, June 7 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Eastern Senior High School (1700 East Capitol St NE).

What you'll find at the event: reading games and book prizes for kids age 3 to 8 (3rd grade).

Event sponsors are First Book DC and Prep Tutors.

Tweet of the day (5/30/14)

Chavez students present their thesis findings to community, experts June 6

Each year, every Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy seniors present and defend their thesis findings on incredibly important public policy issues. Three of the students have been chosen to present their thesis at the schools' Public Policy Symposium June 6 at 9:30 am. The school describes the event as
a dynamic event that illustrates the powerful impact of the school’s mission, and provides a highly inspirational and educational experience for both the attendees and the scholars chosen to participate. Local and national policy makers, civic leaders, and business leaders attend and witness firsthand how scholars apply critical thinking skills to complex public policy issues.

More information is on the schools' website.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ballou students do more than sightseeing on trips abroad

What a tremendous good news story: Students at D.C.'s Ballou High School Embark on Epic Overseas Adventure

WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza digs deep in the personal stories of the Ballou students who've been abroad even though some of them have not been across the District, even to the National Mall. An excerpt:

Odem says they did a lot of sightseeing. "In London, we went to Buckingham Palace, we went to the original Hard Rock Café. In Paris, we saw the Eiffel Tower, I really enjoyed the Palace of Versailles," she says.

But not every experience was fun. Odem once got on a train not realizing her group wasn't coming with her. "I was scared for my life. There are a lot of stores about people getting snatched in Paris and sold I thought I was lost forever!"

Luckily someone on the train spoke English and helped her out. Odem says she would never have asked for help in D.C. "I would never have asked for help on the Metro here even if I didn't know where I was going. [S]omething about American people that we always keep our guard up. 'Cause I don’t want to be cursed out or have someone angry at me for having asked a question," she says.

Odem says she would not usually help anyone else, but that was before the trip. "And if someone was to ask me today on the Metro I would help them happily. I think I would even walk them to where they needed to go! 'Cause that was one of the worst experiences of my life. Being lost," she says.

Tweet of the day (5/30/14)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Black Male Achievement event Storified

Register today for Center for Excellence in Youth Development trainings

DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation's Center for Excellence in Youth Development offers free and affordable trainings, technical assistance and other professional development resources to youth-serving organizations. Upcoming trainings include:
  • Advancing Youth Development
  • English Language Learners In Out-Of-School Time
  • Adult and Child CPR/AED and First Aid
  • Mandated Reporter Training
  • Gang Intervention and Prevention
  • Difficult Conversations, Difficult Conflicts: Transforming Hard Times Into Opportunities For Growth

Details of all sessions are in the course catalogue (PDF).

Tweets of the day (5/28/14)

Free family-oriented bingo game

Key Lime has a terrific free family-friendly bingo game.  The download contains six bingo cards in PDF on letter-size paper.  The cards are free for personal use so no selling, adding your logo or program's contact info.  You can, and we think should, share with families to play with little ones!

There are rules associated with the download; read about them here.

The site has other freebies, including back to school printables and social media and blogging tutorials.  Even if you don't use any of the ideas, the freebies and tutorials will get your creativity going.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Student reps needed for DC State Board of Education; deadline June 11

The DC State Board of Education encourages young people to apply to be a student representative to the board for SY 2014-15. Two student reps are needed. The deadline is June 11. The application is on the DC State Board of Education website.

Student reps connect students and educational policymakers and will will have to

  • Attend and actively participate in approximately six hours per month at two monthly meetings
  • Participate in public meetings and hearings and community engagement activities
  • Serve for a full school year
  • Use effective communication skills and promote a team environment

Sample photo release form

Do you take pictures of children and youth in your program?  Do you use or want to use the snaps (or video) online, in newsletters or in fundraising materials?  Do you have a photo release form?  Here's a sample photo release form from Public Relations Writing & Media Techniques (Fourth Edition) by Dennis Wilcox.

Tweets of the day (5/27/14)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Let's add your blog to our Blogging Friends list!

Let us know (via email, if your child- or youth-serving organization (nonprofit or government) has a blog.  One City Youth would like to know.  We'll highlight posts and add to the blogroll.

Tweets of the day (5/26/14)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Must-read blog post: An incredible 13 years of DC SCORES at Arts and Technology Academy, led by four great leaders

An incredible 13 years of DC SCORES at Arts and Technology Academy, led by four great leaders tells the story of an amazing partnership for children.  The post describes the partnership, the kids, the adults, the school, and the impact on the community.  One key takeaway:
In the ideal DC SCORES program, we're not just building teams for youth through the combination of soccer, poetry and service-learning -- we're providing the resources for teachers and administrators within the school to also come closer together and ultimately create a tighter-knit school and surrounding community.

That's exactly what happened at ATA.

And another:

The games take place in front of throngs of family members, who cheer on the kids playing on the field adjacent to the school building. During the afternoon, teachers and administrators, their work done for the day, venture over to watch. Everyone knows that Thursday afternoons are Game Day.

Program alumni come to the games, too. Some high school students are now volunteer referees for DC SCORES; others visit the coaches to thank them for the opportunities they provided the students and to give updates on school.

Tweets of the day (5/23/14)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Promote your event for free!

The One City Youth website ( will promote child- and youth-related events for free!  How-tos are on the OCY website under the graphic.

Tell Us What Your Children Need, event for parents, June 10

Please share this flyer far and wide in Ward 8.

Commonweal Town Hall Flyer 5 14_final

Calling millennials: Work with DC middle schoolers June 7

Do you know any millennials?  Encourage them to participate in the June 7 event benefiting middle school students.  Capital Cause volunteers will work with 800 students at Kelly Miller in Ward 7 and Johnson in Ward 8 to help the students value their education by thinking about their future careers.  Learn more about the Millennial Day of Service.

Tweets of the day (5/22/14)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Truck Touch June 7

Truck Touch 2014 Flyer Reduced Size

An event for and by youth May 24 (updated 5/22 8:45 a)

Tweet of the day (5/21/14)

Woot! DPR announces summer season plans

The Department of Parks and Recreation will kick off summer Saturday, May 24 at Noon.  All outdoor aquatic facilities―18 outdoor pools, four children's pools and 19 spray parks―will be open Memorial Day weekend―Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Noon - 6:00 pm 10:00 am - 7:00 pm for spray parks).

District residents with acceptable proof of residency can swim free of charge at all DPR pools; non-District residents must pay a fee.

Between May 31 and June 22, outdoor aquatic facilities will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon - 6:00 pm.  Outdoor pools and spray parks open during the week Monday, June 23.  All outdoor pools are open six days a week, and are closed one day for cleaning and maintenance. Spray parks will operate seven days a week.

More information about openings is in the May 20, 2014 DPR press release.

Photo from DPR.

What will SYEP do with the new words and definitions?

Upon hearing the news (see Tweet below) that Merriam Webster has added more than 150 words and definitions to their collegiate dictionary this year, the question among those who follow @onecitysyep was "Will SYEP Tweet any of the new words this summer?"  No word yet from SYEP.  We'll let you know when we hear something.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tweet of the day (5/20/14)

UDC's got science, technology and 4-H this summer!

The University of the District of Columbia is home to two summer camps:

  • Summer Bridge Program in Science and Technology (June 30 - July 25):These days, it is practically impossible to secure a reliable job without a college degree. Help students gain the edge in STEM education. This July, CAUSES is again offering a Summer Bridge course in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences and Technologies, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This course is designed to provide high school and incoming college students with the essential skills necessary to succeed in college studies and beyond.

    Students will participate in water quality analysis, field studies, field trips and a capstone project. Through this hands-on, interactive course, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of environmental computing, sustainability, water quality, climate change, data analysis, advanced computing and mobile technologies for learning using the latest technology (iPads, computer, hydroponic system and soil, water and air quality monitoring sensors).

    The program will be offered on UDC's Van Ness campus. Applications are due by June 20. Contact Dr. Tolessa Deksissa via email, for more information.

  • 4-H Summer Camp (July 14 - August 1): It's almost that time of the year! School is ending and DC's children will need some way to spend the summer. Thankfully, the Center for 4-H and Youth Development will be offering 4-H Summer Camp. Geared for DC residents between the ages of 9 and 14, the camp is being offered for only $25 per week!

    Students will participate in a variety of activities from photography to golfing, but will still receive lessons in healthy living and STEM. The camp will also include field trips to the Kennedy Center, local museums, Muirkirk Farm and more!

    The camp will be open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mondays through Friday and will be offered July 14 - August 1 at the Riverside Center in Northeast, DC. Interested? Register here or contact Jaime Brown via email, before May 31.

Remember, One City Youth has a list of camps.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tweet of the day

Memorable commencement addresses

Check out this terrific resource from NPR: The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever: