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Partners in Bellevue Help Youth Experiencing Homelessness Maintain Connection and Support

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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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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”

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

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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