Omana joined the SOWA team in July 2017, and in her role is overseeing the Best Start for Kids Out-of-School Time investment being administered by SOWA. Omana will lead this effort focused on providing funding and program quality training supports to youth serving organizations throughout King County. We are thrilled to have Omana on our team after a breadth of experience leading and working in youth development for many years!
While we’re seeing more funds than ever being directed to our schools, many gaps still exist in providing our students with learning opportunities that expand beyond the school day. Especially when it comes to fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) where students need additional time to practice what they learn and make connections to real life experience, there simply is not enough time during school hours despite the growing need.
This program profile of Tacoma Community Boat Builders (TCBB) was originally published in SOWA’s 2016 Annual Report. TCBB is one of 50 programs who participated in the Expanded Learning Opportunities Quality Initiative supported with funding allocated by the Washington State Legislature in the 2016 legislative session.
This past legislative session, we were successful in securing additional funds to continue the initiative over the next year thanks to support from other key partners including The Raikes Foundation, University of Washington Center for Quality in Early Learning, Child Care Aware, Department of Early Learning and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Learn more about the initiative onThe Sparkwind Website.
During the week of August 7-11, 2017, School’s Out Washington hosted the Refugee Youth Convening for refugee high school youth from across South King County. Around 35 lively young people filled the classroom each morning ready for the day’s activities on the campus of Highline College.
SOWA is currently in the process of conducting a landscape study in King County to better understand families' needs when it comes to accessing programming before and afterschool, and during the summer for children and youth in kindergarten through 8th grade in order to guide investment of Best Starts for Kids funds. The survey is available in the following languages, please click on the language below to be directed to the survey in that specific language: English, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish