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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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Partners in Bellevue Help Youth Experiencing Homelessness Maintain Connection and Support

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

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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Program Spotlight: Teen Late Night, City of Burien

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, School's Out News

What’s in a space?

It’s no new news that the gentrification of Seattle is having very real effects on South King County communities, specifically lower income and communities of color. Moving to the third most gentrified city in the US many communities and organizations are working together to create spaces of safety, belonging, community, and empowerment for our young people.

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Meet Sabel Roizen, SOWA's New Team Member!

Posted under School's Out News

In the New Year, School’s Out Washington welcomed Sabel as our Customer and Data Systems Administrator. In this role, Sabel serves the dual function of providing day-to-day customer and systems support for the Elevate Washington website and general Salesforce administration. Let’s get to know a little bit about Sabel!

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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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