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Bridge Values in Practice: Leadership & Nourishing

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Makayla Wright, Youth Voice Organizing Manager with Soar, brings us their insights from deep work in youth leadership and youth development around how to integrate and practice values of leadership and nourishing in our work with youth. These are two of the core values guiding how we build and shape the Bridge Conference experience this year. Take a few moments to read the blog post and listen as Makayla sharewith us what these values look like in how we show up for young people and ourselves.

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Keep Kids Learning, Keep Kids Fed

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Originally published in Washington Apple Press, Fall 2016 Issue By Natalie Kahn, School’s Out Washington Americorps Member Keep Kids Learning, Keep Kids Fed: An interview with Nutrition Services Director Lisa Johnson One out of every five children faces hunger every day in the United States. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meets many school day […]

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Are you Culturally Competent?

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Earlier this month, Youth Today published an article looking at the importance of cultural competency for professionals working with young people in afterschool and youth development settings. School’s Out Washington and Washington State have been leaders when it comes to developing standards and competencies to help professionals understand what cultural competency looks like, both as […]

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Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Is High in Rural Communities

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Last month, the Afterschool Alliance released a special report, The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities (PDF link), which finds that just 13 percent of rural students in the United States (1.2 million) participate in an afterschool program – up from 11 percent in 2009, but considerably below the 18 percent of students who […]

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Youth Legislatures Create Next Generation of Thinkers

Posted under Opinions, Policy & Legislation

By Cal Martin, a Junior at Dayton High School in Dayton, WA. Cal is involved with YMCA Youth Legislature, a program founded in 1947 which provides opportunities for teens to find their voice on issues facing society today, empowering them to address concerns in their communities and practice tolerance, understanding, and leadership. School’s Out Washington […]

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