The 2019 legislative session ended on April 28 with a lot accomplished for the state and final operating, capital, 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.
A core tenant of the Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time Investment (BSK OST) is that in order for young people to thrive, the youth programs they participate in need to be high-quality. We also know communities of color, low-income communities, and specific regions within King County face significant barriers accessing support to grow into their full potential. School’s Out Washington now has the data to demonstrate our work to provide support to BSK OST grantees, and the impact that is having on young people in the inaugural year of this initiative!
Community permeates every aspect of Ms. Patrice Freeman’s kitchen at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club of King County in southeast Seattle. Smiles from the pictures of family members, staff and Club graduates are posted all over the kitchen walls. The food is more than just nutritious and filling,it’s delicious.
Sebastian joined SOWA in November of last year as our newest King County Youth Development Program Quality Coach. He has worked in school-age programs and the youth development field for almost 20 years! Sebastian has been a valued trainer, part-time coach, and external assessor with SOWA, and we are so excited to have him as a full-time member of our team. Get to know Sebastian better and learn more about what brought him to the SOWA team.
It’s this simple: quality expanded learning cuts the opportunity gap.
Research clearly shows thathigh-quality expanded learningafter 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.