Living Well Kent: Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time Grantee Profile
SOWA is excited to work with the many amazing organizations funded through the King County Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time (BSK OST) investment! These organizations, funded either as stand alone People of Color-Led organizations or Place-Based Partnerships, are all working hard to maximize their positive impact on King County youth.
Learn more about Living Well Kent, funded as part of a People of Color-Led Organization grant.
LIVING WELL KENT
Living Well Kent (LWK) “is a community-driven collaborative dedicated to the vision of public spaces and initiatives that encourage healthier lifestyles and better living. It is focused on creating a healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable city.” Formed to address health disparities experienced by People of Color (particularly immigrant communities), LWK takes a multi-pronged approach to their work. Their youth programming initially consisted of supporting a youth advisory committee who advocated to city-wide policy changes to promote health equity. With the BSK OST investment, LWK is expanding their youth services to engage 7th and 8th grade youth in leadership development. They also provide access to art, music, and cultural spaces like museums that would otherwise be challenging to experience for immigrant youth. LWK’s culturally responsive model includes conflict resolution education and strategies like peace circles and Gracious Space.