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“Goodbye” from SOWA’s Retiring Janet Schmidt

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

Please join all of us at School’s Out in wishing Janet Schmidt, our Chief Program & Policy Officer, a happy retirement! While we are so sad to see Janet go after lending us her passion for twenty-two years, she promises to continue supporting the work of School’s Out and the important work of afterschool and youth development programs across the state. We may be bidding farewell for now, but we know that Janet will stay connected to School’s Out and our statewide community for years to come.

Here are some words from Janet to all of you across Washington who have been a part of her journey here at School’s Out.

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Janet Schmidt

After twenty-two years of service to children and youth at School’s Out Washington, I have decided to retire. As all of you know, School’s Out Washington is a very special organization with a great mission delivering critical services in communities across the state. School’s Out has been the very fabric of my being for the past twenty-two years. I am proud of the role that I was able to play in establishing School’s Out as a leading advocacy organization, resulting in significant policy, funding opportunities, and greater public awareness around the important role that afterschool and youth development programs play in supporting student success. Through the Washington Afterschool Network, School’s Out is recognized as a leader across the country in both the policy and quality arenas. School’s Out has always led the way in innovation and I am honored to have been a part of this effort.

I have been truly blessed to support School’s Out as it transitioned to a strong and vibrant nonprofit organization. These past few years in particular have been an amazing learning experience for me and I am proud of my role in creating some strong foundational systems as we became a 501c3. The organization is well positioned to grow within the field of afterschool and youth development in Washington and the nation. There is a strong team of competent professionals ready to tackle new challenges and strong systems in place to support the sustainability of the organization.

I will work tirelessly through my final day on April 30th to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. It has been an honor and pleasure working with you over the years. I hope that all of you will continue as champions of afterschool and youth development programs.


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