21st Century Community Learning Centers

Beyond the school day support to help Ohio students succeed

New York Life Foundation’s “Aim High” Grant Competition is NOW OPEN

Afterschool Alliance - OST Grant

Now Open – Proposals Due January 24, 2020

The 2020 Aim High grant competition is now open!

The Afterschool Alliance and the New York Life Foundation today issued a Request for Proposals for the Aim High grant program. In this fourth cycle, the Foundation will award $1.35 million to out-of-school time (OST) programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth, bringing the total amount awarded over the life of the grant program to $4.8 million.

Aim High is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in OST programs to help underserved 8th graders reach the 9th grade on time and prepared for high school level work. In 2020, 26 awards will go to afterschool, summer and expanded learning programs nationwide through a competitive application process.

Research shows that participation in high-quality afterschool, expanded day, and summer programs leads to greater academic achievement, better school attendance, and more engagement. In communities struggling with opioids and other substance misuse, afterschool and summer learning programs are playing a critical role by helping youth develop protective factors, such as problem-solving skills, emotional regulation, and providing supports for children and families impacted by trauma and adverse experiences.

Select grants will be dedicated to helping programs with this work to help address the impact of the opioid crisis.

The New York Life Foundation will award 26 grants to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth through their Aim High grant program. The Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time and prepared to succeed in high school. The grant program will fund afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on a competitive application process.

This year, the Aim High grant program will provide $1,350,000 to support 26 awards nationwide in three categories as follows:

  • $100,000 – 8 grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more.
  • $50,000 – 8 grants of $25,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more.
  • $15,000 –  10 grants over one year will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more with a focus on addressing opioid and other substance misuse in their community by helping youth develop protective factors and employing approaches that support youth affected by trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

Apply online here. To prepare your application, review the pdf of the full application and eligibility requirements, and sign up for our upcoming webinar.

The Afterschool Alliance will convene a selection committee comprised of experts in the OST field to assess applications and make grant recommendations. Grant winners will be notified in May 2020.

The Afterschool Alliance is administering the grant application process on behalf of the Foundation. If you have any questions about the New York Life Aim High grants, please contact aimhigh@afterschoolalliance.org.  


COSA – Winter 2019 Regional Training Schedule Now Available

It’s that time of year again!  We invite all 21st CCLC grantees to attend the 21st CCLC-sponsored COSA Regional Trainings.   Please see training information below:

Training Title: Outcome Driven Staff Development

Training Description: With the goals of effectiveness, team cohesion, and outcome driven practice, COSA has developed an in depth workshop to support intentional staff development for 21st CCLC grantees. In this training we will explore the concepts of trust, conflict, and commitment and develop action plans to build effective teams.

COSA Winter 2020 Trainings


Please note:

  • The training is required for 1st year grantees (those awarded for FY20) and strongly recommended for returning grantees (those awarded in FY18 and FY19).
  • Your regional ODE 21st CCLC specialist will be present at the training to deliver important updates from ODE.
  • The training is free however, you must REGISTER on the COSA website: https://www.cosaohio.org/events/.


  • If you have any questions about the trainings and/or registration, please contact Mark Noftz at mnoftz@cosaohio.org or call (216) 318-8307.


We look forward to seeing everyone!



Ohio Afterschool Network’s Lights, Camera, Afterschool! Video Competition

OAN Video Competition

Lights, Camera, Afterschool!

Shine a spotlight on why afterschool and/or summer programs are important to you and your community!

The Ohio Afterschool Network is hosting a video competition for students of all ages to showcase why their afterschool or summer program is essential to expand, extend, and support the school day. Be creative and tell your story!

Winning videos will be recognized and aired at the 2020 OAN Best Foot Forward Conference, posted on the OAN website, and shared with State and Local officials. Student video creators and their Program Coordinators will be invited to share their journey of creating the video at a session during the state conference.

There will be four winning categories:

  • Future Director (Most Creative)
  • Future Director of Social Media (Most likes on the OAN Facebook page)
  • Future Screenwriter (Best Message and Content)
  • Future Videographer (Outstanding Technical Elements)

Please follow these rules. Entries that violate these rules will be disqualified.

Competition Rules:

  1. All entries must demonstrate one or more elements of this year’s theme:
  • Afterschool and summer programs keep kids safe.
  • Afterschool and summer programs provide nutritious snacks and meals.
  • Afterschool and summer programs help prepare the future workforce.
  1. All entries must be created by students participating in afterschool or summer programs in Ohio.
  2. Videos must be 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length.
  3. Students appearing in submitted videos must have media releases signed by parents and kept on file by program administrators.
  4. Copyrighted material/music is not permitted without expressed written permission of the author.
  5. Videos must be uploaded onto YouTube at the URL shared below. Videos will be put in an album on OAN’s Facebook page. OAN will send you a link to the Facebook page. Remember to have your friends, family and colleagues go to the OAN Facebook page to vote.
  6. Entries may be submitted starting November 11, 2019 and closing promptly at 5:00 P.M. on December 8, 2019.  No late entries will be accepted for any reason.
  7. Voting for your favorite entry will go live on the OAN Facebook page December 9, 2018 by 5:00 P.M. and close on January 10, 2019 promptly at 5:00 P.M.
  8. Only one entry per program.
  9. There is no cost to enter.

Please follow these rules. Entries that violate these rules will be disqualified.


Awards and Prizes

Winners will receive a plaque for their program and a celebration at their program site.

Awards will be given in all four categories and programs can only win in one category.

All winners will be recognized at the 2020 OAN Best Foot Forward Conference on Friday, February 21, 2020. One adult designee will be selected by each of the winning organizations to receive a complimentary admission to the conference to accept the award.

Future Director of Social Media winner will be determined by the most votes on the OAN Facebook page. All other categories will be scored using a rubric created by afterschool professionals. The Evaluation Team will be members of the Video Competition Selection Committee.


For questions contact Tisha Lewis at tewis@hmbnet.com.

Click HERE to submit your video!

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Project Grants Available!

MLK Day 2020

MLK Day of Service 2020 Project Grant Competition

ServeOhio, in partnership with American Electric Power Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Volunteer Generation Fund, announces the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 20, 2020.



The intent is to support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure, such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens, and low-income homes. Project grants support local community engagement projects that improve economic opportunity such as promoting financial literacy. In addition to community infrastructure projects, MLK Day project-grants must also incorporate an education component so projects create long-term, sustainable change on issues and on people. Projects should be collaborative in nature and involve a broad spectrum of community participants. Benefits must accrue to the community as a whole, not simply to the applicant organization and its constituents.



Grant awards will be in the range of $500 to $2,000. Depending on amounts requested, an estimated fifteen to twenty grants will be awarded.  There is no matching requirement for these grants.  Consistent with the approved project budget, funds may be used for:

  • Supplies/materials
  • Volunteer Support

Funds requested should be commensurate with the number of volunteers engaged; the higher the grant request, the higher number of volunteers that should be engaged in the project. Funds may not be used for staffing, travel costs, gift cards, awards, or grantee administration/overhead costs.  Supplies/materials may include small equipment (useful life of two years or more) up to $100 unit cost. All awards will be paid by reimbursement upon submission of the project report and documentation of expenditures.


Application Process

Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.  The application form must be completed, signed, and submitted by Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM.    

ServeOhio staff and board members will review applications. Reviewers will evaluate proposals based on:

  • Community need/project design
  • Use of broad-based community participation and collaboration
  • Number of volunteers engaged is commensurate with the funding request
  • Budgetary compliance


Other factors that may be considered include geographic diversity of projects and whether an applicant has received funding for another project in the past year. Funding preference will be given to applicants that do not presently receive other grant funding from ServeOhio.  All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Friday, December 13, 2019.   


Please refer questions regarding the MLK Day Project Grant Competition to Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, at Rebeccah.Verhoff-Kiss@serveohio.gov.


CLICK HERE to download the MLK Day Grant Application.

ODE 21st CCLC Team Shoutout – OAN Quarterly Meeting

Charlotte Jones-Ward, 21st CCLC Regional Consultant and OAN Liaison, would like to share her thoughts/information from the November 2019 Ohio Afterschool Network’s (OAN) Quarterly Meeting!

“After attending the Ohio Afterschool Network’s (OAN) Quarterly Meeting held at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, November 6, 2019, I wanted to give a SHOUT OUT to OAN Director Nichelle Shaskus, OAN Chair Pam Steurer, OAN Vice Chair Beth Urban, and OAN Secretary Heather Sherman for a JOB WELL DONE!  The meeting was inspiring, uplifting, exciting and encouraging!

Grantees are encouraged to check out the OAN website (https://www.ohioafterschoolnetwork.org/) for all the available resources.  You may even want to consider attending one of OAN’s quarterly meetings in the future.  The networking and resources are well worth your time!  Some of the following resources you will find available are either on the OAN website or the links below:”


  • OAN Pitch Challenge – The Ohio Afterschool Network is partnering with Young Entrepreneur Institute, with support from the C. S. Mott Foundation, to launch Young Entrepreneur Pitch (YEP), which will provide free curriculum, training and technical assistance for programs, and host regional and statewide pitch contests for high school students. https://www.ohioafterschoolnetwork.org/oans-youth-entrepreneur-pitch-yep/


  • Central Ohio Parent Leadership Institute –The PLTI program is a two-generation strategy to bolster parental involvement while promoting the lifelong health, safety and learning of children. http://centralohioplti.com/




  • Children’s Hunger Alliance –Through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Children’s Hunger Alliance provides healthy meals and snacks to afterschool programs across the state.  Afterschool program locations include schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, recreation centers, libraries, churches, and other youth-serving community organizations. https://childrenshungeralliance.org/


21st CCLC Program Shares – November 2019

Congratulations to University Settlement, Circleville City Schools and Omega Community Development Corporation for the work they are doing for their youth through 21st CCLC, and the impact it is leaving on the community served!

Please read below for more information for each grantee’s current work/accomplishments through November 2019:

University Settlement (Northeast Region) – New Programming Partnership

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Matthew Dellavedova and his wife Anna, have partnered with University Settlement’s SmartY’S Program for the 2019-2020 school-year. On October 17th the Dellavedova’s held Delly Vision Day at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland where youth received free vision screenings from Cleveland Clinic practitioners. In November the youth who need glasses will receive them at a CAVS game.

Please see link for more information, https://www.nba.com/cavaliers/community/delly-vision-day-191017

On October 24th the Dellavedovas launched “Delly’s Book Club,” at University Settlement’s SmartY’S Program weekly Homework Diner. Each youth received the book “School Days According to Humphrey,” where they will read weekly during 21st CCLC programming!

Please see link for more information, https://www.nba.com/cavaliers/community/delly-book-club-2019

Circleville City Schools (Central Region) – Programming Highlight

There is some exciting news from the Circleville City’s 21st CCLC high school program!  For the 1st nine weeks of the program, the students of the Online Digital Academy (ran by Mrs. Morgan VanDellen) recovered 8 credits collectively.  Their goal is 15 for a pizza party, but nonetheless all are VERY PROUD of the students and staff for their accomplishments and hard work!

Circleville City - Digital Academy

Omega Community Development Corporation (Southwest Region) – Monthly Newsletter – November 2019

*Click on the image for the full newsletter*

Omega - November 2019 Newsletter Clip



If you have program highlights that you would like to share, please email Charmaine Davis-Bey with a brief description and any attachments/links at charmaine.davis@education.ohio.gov by the 9th of every month:




21st CCLC – REMINDER: Logic Model, Evaluation and Compliance Training Surveys

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees!

Here are a few friendly reminders, from the 21st CCLC team:


Local Evaluation – FY20 Logic Model Submission


FY20 Evaluation Training Survey Deadline

  • For those that still need to complete this survey, it will close on Wednesday, November 13th.  Please check your email and contact nina.pace@education.ohio.gov if you did not receive that information.


FY20 Compliance System Training Updates/Reminder

  • As we concluded the final training on Tuesday, November 5th, the survey has since been sent to all attendees, as of today.  Please check your email and contact charmaine.davis@education.ohio.gov if you did not receive that information.
  • REMINDER: All First Year Implementation Phase and CAPA Monitoring Review evidence must be uploaded into the Compliance system NO LATER THAN Tuesday, December 17, 2019.


Finally, for future reference, to find pertinent 21st CCLC contact information and the most recent FY20 timeline, please go to our Contact Us page HERE.

If there are any questions about the above, please contact your Regional Consultant directly.   Your feedback is vital to our future planning, and is greatly appreciated – thank you and have a great weekend ahead!

REMINDER: Final FY20 21st CCLC Compliance System Training TOMORROW, November 5th

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees:

This is a friendly reminder that the FINAL FY20 21st CCLC Compliance System Training TOMORROW Tuesday, November 5th conducted by Charmaine Davis-Bey.

Please note: if you missed the registration deadline and need to attend, please feel free to walk-in, making sure to sign-in your NAME, the SUB-GRANTEE (ORG/DISTRICT) and GRANT NUMBER(S) you represent.

The training will be held at the following location:


Department of Administrative Services (DAS) –

4200 Surface Road

Columbus, Ohio  43228

614-752-8381 (DAS Phone Number)

The training will be in the Walnut/Willow Conference Room

Session Times (Please choose ONE):

9:00am – 12:00pm

1:30pm – 4:00pm


DAS TRAININGS – Please be advised that all guests must park in the ‘DAS / GSD Employee & Visitor Parking’ lot. The ‘DAS / GSD Employee & Visitor Parking’ lot is located on the left, immediately after passing the cross walk and speed bumps. Guest should not park in the general parking lot as this is for Surface Rd employees and our Fleet Pool vehicles.


Please contact your regional consultant with questions.

In Service,

Your ODE 21st CCLC Team