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Meet Andrea Fullerton, Director of Development and Communications!

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Andrea joined SOWA a few weeks ago as our Director of Development and Communications. She has been working in nonprofit development and communications for over 15 years. Most recently she was the Deputy Development Director at the ACLU of Washington, helping to re-envision and reshape the department after rapid growth and launch an Equity in Fundraising program. She also served as Development Director for Arts Corps and Amara, as well as other roles at Wellspring Family Services, the Trust for Public Land, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Take a moment to learn more about Andrea and what brought her to SOWA. 

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High Participation and Impact for Advocacy Day 2019

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School’s Out Washington (SOWA), Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) and SOAR hosted the second annual Youth Development and Expanded Learning Opportunities Advocacy Day on January 15, 2019 in Olympia, exceeding our expectation in turnout and impact!

We surpassed our goal of 100 participants with over 130 community members joining, including around 40 youth. Participants arrived from all over the state the Washington and were able to meet with 55 legislative offices.

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Best Start for Kids Out-of-School Time Updates

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It’s hard to believe, but the first year of the Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Out-of-School Time (OST) Initiative is drawing to a close!

This has been a groundbreaking year for School’s Out Washington (SOWA) and for all of our grantees, as we worked together to increase quality OST programming and manifest positive outcomes for King County’s young people.

In Year One, we hit the ground running. Many grantee organizations began to offer programming by April, while others prepared for a fall program start, taking time to roll out new programming or getting up to speed with program quality training. As of October, all of our grant partners have rolled out their BSK-funded youth programming!

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Meet Janell Jordan, King County Program Quality Manager!

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We're so excited to welcome Janell Jordan to our team! In their role as King County Program Quality Manager, Janell will help to increase the use of quality assessment and improvement processes and develop systems and tools to sustain quality improvement in King County. Get to know Janell better and learn more about what brought them to the SOWA team.

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Program Spotlight: Doubling the Numbers - Exponential growth in participation and retention for the Afterschool Center at The Salvation Army Seattle White Center

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By Sierra Wagner, SOWA's Expanded Learning Opportunities Vista

Washington is ranked 25th hungriest state in the nation with 1 in 5 kids in our state living in a household that struggles to put food on the table. Food insecurity refers to households that lack available financial resources for food or may have to make trade-offs between basic needs and buying adequate nutritious food¹. Hunger can create obstacles to learning and growing. Afterschool and summer meals are a critical component of keeping children and youth all across our state full, healthy, and ready to learn.

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