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A Beginner’s Guide to Quarantine

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, School's Out News

How adults can avoid freaking out and focus on supporting young people to not freak out

Quarantine isn’t an experience many of us are familiar with. Maybe you’re trying to keep your kids engaged in learning while tending to their needs in the midst of massive upheaval. Perhaps you are a youth development worker who needs to completely re-imagine your program structure to serve young people remotely. You might just be a person, living through a global pandemic. How are you supposed to handle it all?  

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Important Updates Regarding SOWA's COVID-19 Response

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, School's Out News, Workshops & Training

Dear Providers and Community Partners,  

The health and wellbeing of our staff and community are our top priority. To do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, School’s Out Washington is taking extra precautions. We encourage all of our partners to stay informed and safe and help reduce stigma and misinformation. Additional resources are listed below. 

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Youth Advocacy Day 2020

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation, School's Out News

Youth Development Advocacy Day 2020 was a huge success! Over 100 individuals representing dozens of organizations involved in youth development turned up to get their messages out to their legislators. The event was co-sponsored by SOWAYDEKCSoarCommunities in SchoolsKids Co., the YMCA Statewide Alliance, and the Washington State Boys and Girls Clubs.

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Partners in Bellevue Help Youth Experiencing Homelessness Maintain Connection and Support

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Best Starts for Kids OST, School's Out News

by Lex Gavin, Best Starts for Kids Program Quality Coordinator

That three siblings attend the same Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue after school program isn’t itself remarkable. This is a common occurrence for families, after all. In this case, however, it’s a testament to the well-oiled services provided by the members of the Bellevue Collaborative—the children are experiencing homelessness, and are attending different schools.

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