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 shares with us what these values look like in how we show up for young people and ourselves.
How adults can avoid freaking out and focus on supporting young people to not freak out
Quarantine isn’t an experience many of us are familiar with. Maybe you’re trying to keep your kids engaged in learning while tending to their needs in the midst of massive upheaval. Perhaps you are a youth development worker who needs to completely re-imagine your program structure to serve young people remotely. You might just be a person, living through a global pandemic. How are you supposed to handle it all?
The health and wellbeing of our staff and community are our top priority. To do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, School’s Out Washington is taking extra precautions. We encourage all of our partners to stay informed and safe and help reduce stigma and misinformation. Additional resources are listed below.
We’re happy to bring on Brianna Kirschenbaum, this year's AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Her work will increase equity for youth development by assisting in career-connected learning efforts and educating the public and lawmakers on the importance of afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. Let’s get to know her!
by Lex Gavin, Best Starts for Kids Program Quality Coordinator
“What’s a constituent?” the boy asks quizzically, after sounding out the word with a staff member sitting at the table with him. “A constituent,” Amir Noir Soulkin enunciates, “is someone who can vote for a legislator because of where they live.