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Youth Sworn in as Part of Civics Learning Initiative

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

On January 23rd, SOWA’s Policy and Advocacy Director David Beard with Jan Kline from the 4H Know your Government program presented at the kick-off summit in Olympia for an exciting new Civics Learning Initiative (CLI).

CLI is backed by the Council on Public Legal Education and aims to provide meaningful opportunities for youth to become active, informed, and engaged in our democracy. The summit was attended by Governor Jay Inslee and included a swearing in ceremony of President-elect Echo Vance and President-elect Enaaya Mahmood, who were sworn in by Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst. Presidents Vance and Mahmood were elected by their fifth grade peers as part of the Storypath civics learning program.

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Outdoor education grant could change lives

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

I suppose every state in the union can brag about the natural wonders within its borders, but in Washington State, we're brimming with the glories of nature. We have Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge, the Hoh rain forest (yes, you read that right, it's a rain forest!), and the world's longest peninsular beach (28 miles of it). Not surprisingly, we have an outdoor culture in Washington, with camping, backpacking, biking, climbing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing all seemingly hard-wired into many native Washingtonians.

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Resources to Support Young People in Turbulent and Uncertain Times

Posted under School's Out News

Young people from all backgrounds experience a range of emotions during turbulent and uncertain times. They are required to navigate deep feelings, life-changing events, and challenging social interactions without trusted resources or information.  We believe that Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) play a key role in helping young people in these times. The resources below can help focus training or conversations for your staff.

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How You Can Take Action During the Legislative Session

Posted under Policy & Legislation

The 2017 legislative session has started, and SOWA and our partners are going to be right there in the fray, advocating for the interests of children, youth, and the afterschool and summer programs that serve them.

With all this going on, Washington's children and youth need passionate advocates to stand up for their interests in Olympia, including providers, parents, and you! We all have to do our part to make sure policymakers remember: Quality Expanded Learning Programs Make a Difference!

We've got three simple steps for expanded learning advocates like you to raise your voice.  

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