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Mayor Bowser Launches Learn24 Initiative at Sitar

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Feb 05, 2018

On Monday, February 5, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched Learn24, a new initiative to ensure children and youth have access to quality educational and enrichment activities beyond the regular school day, at Sitar Arts Center (Washington D.C.).

“We know learning doesn’t end when the bell rings and that our students need safe places to learn and play when they are not in class. Learn24 is going to change the way we get families and young people connected to programs and resources that meet their needs and interests and set them up for success in school and life,” Mayor Bowser said.

In October 2017, the DME launched the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes. After opening the Institute for Youth Development at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, the Administration also started a pilot program with 22 sites to improve how organizations serve young people in Washington, DC.

“At Sitar Arts Center, we engage children and teens from lower-income households in high-quality visual, performing, and digital arts programs so they can learn about themselves and gain critical life skills,” said Maureen Dwyer, executive director of Sitar Arts Center, an OST grantee. “The families of Washington, DC both need and value out of school time learning opportunities and Sitar and our peer youth development organizations are affirmed and supported by the launch of the OST Office and Learn24.”

Read more about the event here.

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