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School Year Data Confirms: Best Starts for Kids Grantees Are Strong, and Getting Stronger

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This fall, the Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time (Best Starts OST) Initiative is in full swing – youth across King County are engaged in music-making, robotics and coding, basketball, cooking classes, and poetry programs after school, in programs that provide academic support and enrichment opportunities.

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Northgate Elementary Students Tell Their Neighbors “We All Live Here”

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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.

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Life Enrichment Group Cultivates Scholars and Leaders in Rainier Beach

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by Lex Gavin, Best Starts for Kids Program Quality Coordinator

“I have something I want to say,” a middle school boy in the back row said unexpectedly. He stood in front of family and friends, who had gathered for Parent’s Night in the Rainier Beach Community Center to celebrate the accomplishments of their kids in The Scholars Project.

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Summer Leadership Academy Promotes Education, Entrepreneurship, and Empathy

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

When I arrive to the basement of the Holly Park Community Church where Empowering Youth and Families Outreach (EYFO) runs their Summer Leadership Academy summer camp, I happen upon a rare moment of quiet--all of the campers are across the street enjoying the newly renovated Othello Park.

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BSK Grantee Spotlight: WAPI Community Services

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

When asked what was unique about Washington Asian Pacific Islander Community Services (WAPI), Executive Director Aileen De Leon immediately named the organization’s focus on serving marginalized communities. They hire from within the community to promote authentic relationship building with youth, and to provide leadership opportunities for people who historically haven’t had access to positions of power.

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