Strengthening Programs. Empowering Youth.

Who We Are

We are the expert and backbone organization strengthening programs that serve Washington's children and youth outside the traditional school day.

Whom We Serve

We support youth-serving professionals and programs, helping them provide high-quality services that give youth opportunities they deserve to succeed.

Our Vision

We are working towards a Washington where all young people have opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of race or income.

Our Four-Pronged Approach

Quality & Training

We have led the process of building a quality improvement system for expanded learning programs. We also offer a wide array of training options from workshops to our annual Bridge Conference.

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Policy & Advocacy

We mobilize and create a unified voice for expanded learning, promoting policies to ensure equitable opportunities for children and youth to quality afterschool and summer programs.

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Grants to Programs

Through Feed Your Brain and the Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG), we provide resources to expanded learning programs and communities. We also provide guidance in seeking additional funding support.

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Racial Equity

Our programs and initiatives reflect our core belief that access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities is essential for closing the opportunity gap and challenging inequity.

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Our Impact

“Being recognized as a professional and somebody that’s making a difference in kids’ lives isn’t something that we in the afterschool field have always felt. For our staff, working with School’s Out and really starting to feel like that professional through their training opportunities, coaching, and support has been incredible.”

- Brianna Jackson, Executive Director, Launch in Seattle

“(A Feed Your Brain Grant from SOWA) was the spark that lit a huge positive fire in our community. It gave the Y the ability to provide the first summer meals and activities program in the county.”

- Erica Delma, Director of Development and Community Engagement, Jefferson County YMCA

“I can’t say enough that I really like being a part of what SOWA is doing in terms of other trainings and legislative efforts. I’m trying harder now to keep my foot in the bigger picture.”

- Krista Bouchey, Executive Director, The Funhouse Commons on Orcas Island

In 2016 Alone...

> 1,700 Adults

We trained more than 1,700 adults in WA who work with children and youth.

> 625 Programs

More than 625 expanded learning programs across Washington used our services.

$561k Awarded

We disbursed 21 grants totaling $61,000, impacting more than 2,000 young people.

> 80,000 Youth

All of our projects combined impacted more than 80,000 youth in Washington.

How You Can Get Involved

Become a Donor

Our success depends on the support of donors like you. You can attend our annual Impact Youth Breakfast, or simply make a donation.

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Contact Policymakers

Our system helps you take action on issues facing the expanded learning field, and you can sign up to get alerts when new bills and votes come up.

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Get Our Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter includes the latest news on the expanded learning field, upcoming workshops and trainings, and funding opportunities for programs.

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Sparkwind Movement

Join us in the journey to broaden the definition of learning beyond the school day and ensure equitable access to Expanded Learning Opportunities.

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