One of the Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA) top priorities is to increase access and participation in quality afterschool and summer programs by investing and supporting innovative programs that improve engagement, boost achievement, and develop strong social and emotional skills for youth.
The Denver Afterschool Alliance defines out-of-school-time programs as programs which provide direct services to school-age youth beyond the traditional school day, including before and after school, on weekends and school breaks during the school year and summer. OST programs provide scheduled services to youth in set, safe, structured and supportive environments that promote positive youth development. These voluntary activities are facilitated in one or more of the following program areas:
• Academic Support (e.g. academic enrichment, technology, tutoring/homework help, etc.)
• Enrichment Opportunities (e.g. arts/culture, health/fitness/recreation, etc.)
• Social-Emotional Support (e.g. relationship programs, bullying prevention, etc.)
• Civic Engagement (e.g. service learning, leadership/character development, etc.)
• Post-Secondary Readiness (e.g. ACT prep, pre-collegiate, career exploration, etc.)
It should be noted that organizations may provide a variety of programs, only some of which fit into these designations.
In October of each year, OCA will administer its 2A/Healthy Lifestyles
for Youth BOOST (Building Opportunities for Out-of-School Time) RFP.
This RFP is for the calendar year, and will be the only opportunity to
apply for funding to support summer programs.
The BOOST RFP is a great opportunity for content specific providers (organizations that provide programs one or two days per week for a limited number of weeks during the school year) and summer programs.
Beginning in 2017, the Office of Children's Affairs (OCA) will combine Measure 2A and Healthy Lifestyles funding to increase investment to support afterschool and summer programs. In total, the OCA will distribute up to $2 million each year to support afterschool and summer programs through a competitive grant process. This is the first of two RFPs that will be released this year.
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