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Youth Advocacy Day 2020

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation, School's Out News

Youth Development Advocacy Day 2020 was a huge success! Over 100 individuals representing dozens of organizations involved in youth development turned up to get their messages out to their legislators. The event was co-sponsored by SOWAYDEKCSoarCommunities in SchoolsKids Co., the YMCA Statewide Alliance, and the Washington State Boys and Girls Clubs.

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Legislative Session Begins Next Month

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation, School's Out News

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.

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Washington ELO Network Needs You!

Posted under advocacy, Policy & Legislation

The Washington ELO Network supports and promotes policies that increase access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities for youth in Washington. Together, ELO providers, K12 and school-age child care stakeholders, families, and youth can come together to help improve the access to and quality of ELOs. 

You can get involved! You do not have to be an expert in advocacy or policy, your programmatic knowledge and work with children and youth qualifies you, so join us!

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Expanded Learning Wins and Important Progress this Session

Posted under Policy & Legislation, School's Out News, STEM

The 2019 legislative session ended on April 28 with a lot accomplished for the state and final operatingcapital, and transportation budgets. Among those were some great wins for youth and expanded learning providers. We also made great strides on some hard fought battles and will press on in session 2020 – only nine short months away! 

Big thanks to the Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network, our partners, and everyone that sent emails and made calls to legislators.

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You Can Support Youth Outcomes in School and Life

Posted under Policy & Legislation

It’s this simple: quality expanded learning cuts the opportunity gap.

Research clearly shows that high-quality expanded learning after school and in the summer improve attendance, behavior, and grades while building the social-emotional and 21st century workforce skills needed to succeed in school and in life.

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