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Exciting Data from Year 1 of Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time Initiative!

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A core tenant of the Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time Investment (BSK OST) is that in order for young people to thrive, the youth programs they participate in need to be high-quality. We also know communities of color, low-income communities, and specific regions within King County face significant barriers accessing support to grow into their full potential. School’s Out Washington now has the data to demonstrate our work to provide support to BSK OST grantees, and the impact that is having on young people in the inaugural year of this initiative!

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Best Starts for Kids Grantees Amongst Bridge Conference Presenters

Posted under Best Starts for Kids OST, Bridge Conference, School's Out News

By Lex Gavin, BSK Program Quality Coordinator

The Bridge Conference is 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.

Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time grantees are in the lineup of youth development experts presenting (which include many SOWA staff and trainers) at the conference.

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Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time Update!

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

It’s an exciting time for the Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time team 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. 

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