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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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Program Highlight: Accelerator YMCA, Kent

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

The Accelerator YMCA program provides holistic support to young people and their families who have experienced trauma, helping them feel safe, successful, and happy. Our program highlight today is Accelerator YMCA program has programs that take place in three King County Housing Authority (KCHA) properties in Kent: Valli Kee, Cascade Homes, and Birch Creek. This partnership between KCHA and YMCA began back in 2016 and serves 7th- 12th graders. Together, they offer a range of programs from fitness club, book club, leadership groups, and art and cooking activities after school.

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School Year Data Confirms: Best Starts for Kids Grantees Are Strong, and Getting Stronger

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Best Starts for Kids OST, School's Out News

This fall, the Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time (Best Starts OST) Initiative is in full swing – youth across King County are engaged in music-making, robotics and coding, basketball, cooking classes, and poetry programs after school, in programs that provide academic support and enrichment opportunities.

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Northgate Elementary Students Tell Their Neighbors “We All Live Here”

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

This summer, hundreds of kites cumulatively flew at Gasworks Park. Northgate Elementary School students were responsible for dozens in the sky one sunny Friday afternoon. They built and then decorated their creations with images that reflected their cultures and their communities. Family crests, the Mexican flag, and drawings of culturally specific foods danced above Kite Hill as the downtown Seattle skyline glittered in the distance.

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