It’s no new news that the gentrification of Seattle is having very real effects on South King County communities, specifically lower income and communities of color. Moving to the third most gentrified city in the US many communities and organizations are working together to create spaces of safety, belonging, community, and empowerment for our young people.
This state legislative session is shaping up to be a lively one. SOWA will be working to secure funding for the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Quality Initiative once again and we are working with partners to educate legislators about the youth development field (including mentoring and case management) as well as the impact ELOs play in career exploration and awareness.
The Accelerator YMCA program provides holistic support to young people and their families who have experienced trauma, helping them feel safe, successful, and happy. Our program highlight today is Accelerator YMCA program has programs that take place in three King County Housing Authority (KCHA) properties in Kent: Valli Kee, Cascade Homes, and Birch Creek. This partnership between KCHA and YMCA began back in 2016 and serves 7th- 12th graders. Together, they offer a range of programs from fitness club, book club, leadership groups, and art and cooking activities after school.
by Lex Gavin, Best Starts for Kids Program Quality Coordinator
This summer, hundreds of kites cumulatively flew at Gasworks Park. Northgate Elementary School students were responsible for dozens in the sky one sunny Friday afternoon. They built and then decorated their creations with images that reflected their cultures and their communities. Family crests, the Mexican flag, and drawings of culturally specific foods danced above Kite Hill as the downtown Seattle skyline glittered in the distance.