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BSK Grantees Shine in Annual Reports

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

We’re officially at the half-way point of the inaugural Best Starts for Kids Out of School Time (BSK OST) initiative! This means that meaningful, in-depth storytelling is possible for the first whole year of our work. The cover alone of SOWA’s 2018 Annual Report is chock-full of BSK folks with youth from Techbridge Girls, Highlands Neighborhood Center in Renton, and the Birch Creek Youth Center in Kent.

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Drowning Prevention Talking Points

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

For Law Enforcement, Fire Officials, and Water Safety Partners

We all have a part to play in water safety. Recent drowning events and weather have us on high alert!

Every year, we see preventable tragedy on the water. In King County, 17 people died in preventable drownings in 2017. Concern includes over 70% of all victims had alcohol, drugs or both as a factor compared to 50% in previous five years.
Public Health – Seattle & King County has created these updated talking points for you to use when communicating with the public and media about drowning prevention.

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Washington ELO Network Needs You!

Posted under advocacy, Policy & Legislation

The Washington ELO Network supports and promotes policies that increase access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities for youth in Washington. Together, ELO providers, K12 and school-age child care stakeholders, families, and youth can come together to help improve the access to and quality of ELOs. 

You can get involved! You do not have to be an expert in advocacy or policy, your programmatic knowledge and work with children and youth qualifies you, so join us!

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BSK Grantee Spotlight: Iraqi Community Center of Washington

Posted under Best Starts for Kids OST

Lensé Esheté is struck by the love that is the foundation of her organization. “We make our constituents feel like they have a home, where they can go and be understood.” For Iraqi Community Center of Washington (IRCCW), this is not a hyperbole. Serving immigrant and refugees from Iraq, IRCCW is an organization that was formed by community members in order to meet the needs of their peers and continues to be steered by immigrant and refugee participants.

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Meet Liz Director, our newest member of the SOWA team!

Posted under School's Out News

Liz is the Director of Finance and Administration for School’s Out Washington. In this role she manages SOWA’s finance and accounting teams and provides leadership for the organization in financial forecasting, strategy, and processes. Get to know Liz better and learn more about what brought her to the SOWA team.

Where are you from? 
I grew up in the Yakima Valley in central Washington. I attended college at the University of Washington and have remained in Seattle ever since.

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