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YPQI Program Featured on King 5 for Community Project

by Jon Sayer | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

A program involved in SOWA's Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) was featured on King 5 News.

In the video, you can see how the Lake City Young Leaders, a Seattle Parks and Recreation program managed by Mark Mendez, sought to beautify their community by painting a mural about diversity, unity, and welcoming people into their community.

"The point of the mural is to develop leadership skills in the teens of the lake city neighborhood," Mendez said in the video. "The vision is to cover the whole neighborhood in Lake City with youth murals."

Mendez and Lake City Young Leaders joined the YPQI only at the start of this school. Over the course of the year, they participated in the process of assessment, planning, and improvement that all YPQI programs go through. They receives in-person assessments of their work and with the help of SOWA coach April Miller used the results of the assessment to expose their weak spots and find out how they needed to to improve.

"They were already a strong program," Miller said, "but using the assessment and focusing in on specific areas allowed them to intentionally set goals for improvement."

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