Happy Lights On Afterschool Day! Thank you to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for declaring October 25, 2018 Light On Afterschool Day in Washington State. Governor Inslee, along with many other community leaders, afterschool providers, families, and young people are acknowledging and celebrating the importance of afterschool programs today in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families.
TheBridge Conferenceis right around the corner! October 29th and 30th promise to be two full days of top tier professional development for front-line youth workers, and an incubator of strategic thinking for systems-level leaders like funders and policymakers.
Are you interested in making an impact at a systems level to create more opportunities for young people to thrive in expanded learning opportunities across Washington? School's Out Washington is currently seeking professionals working in the expanded learning field to join our Board of Directors. We are particularly interested in candidates outside of the King County region to increase representation from the communities we serve across Washington.
It’s an exciting time for theBest Starts for Kids Out-of-School Timeteam at SOWA as grantees have launched their programs and we are fully underway supporting all the incredible organizations serving youth in King County!
As a refresher, in the grantmaking process, applicants were offered options regarding their implementation timing, and the levels of quality supports that would be provided by SOWA, as they developed their plans for BSK funded out-of-school-time programming. The grantees are organized into what we call Phase One and Phase Two.
Lisle has been with SOWA for the past few months supporting the Best Starts for Kids Quality Out-of-School Time Investment as our King County Grants Manager. It has been a busy summer as Lisle jumped right into things helping to support the grantees in their first year and ramp up for the fall. Take a moment to learn more about Lisle, what brought her to SOWA, and what she's excited about in her new role.