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Home Seattle & King Co. Ready by 21 National Meeting 2019 (Seattle, Apr 25, 2019)

Ready by 21 National Meeting 2019 (Seattle, Apr 25, 2019)

Join the Forum for Youth Investment in Seattle for the 8th Annual Ready by 21 National Meeting April 23-25 

Every year, the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together more than 500 local, state and national leaders who like you are committed to improving partnerships, policies and practices for children and youth. School’s Out Washington is proud to be the Lead Local Partner for this year’s conference. 

Washington State leaders and providers who are unable to join for the full conference are invited to attend a special Conference Finale on April 25, with a closing lunch keynote with Forum for Youth Investment’s co-founder Karen Pittman, followed by participation in afternoon workshops spotlighting work in Washington State for $75 per person, including lunch.

Closing lunch and plenary by the Forum for Youth Investment’s co-founder, president & CEO, Karen Pittman (April 25, 1:00-2:30 PM) 

Blurring the Lines:  Being Allies in the Pursuit of Readiness, Equity & Quality
In the final plenary of the Ready by 21 National Meeting, come hear the Forum for Youth Investment’s co-founder, president & CEO, Karen Pittman, answer the question: what will the Forum do, and what can you do, to help make the case for an integrated, expanded understanding of how learning happens in communities?  As someone often credited as the godmother of youth development, Pittman will engage participants in a lively discussion about how the key ideas and images from the recent National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development provide powerful jumping-off points for blurring the lines, once and for all, between school-based and community-based allies in getting all young people ready for college, work and life.


Thursday afternoon workshops spotlighting outstanding efforts (2:45-4:00 PM):

1. Building Sustainable School-Community Partnerships and Programs

If we believe cross-sector partnerships are fundamental to achieving and sustaining student success, then what are we doing to develop and maintain lasting partnerships between schools and community based organizations? In this session we will define sustainability and identify applicable practices within relationship building, communication, documentation, partnership and program quality, and resource development. Participants will share strategies, assess their own partnerships, and draft a sustainability action plan. 

  • Anne Arias, Project Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County

2. Graduation Success for Youth in Foster Care

Treehouse has doubled the high school graduation rate of youth in foster care over the past five years through its innovative Graduation Success program. The program uses a youth-centered approach to build self-determination and self-advocacy skills for a population that has few opportunities for agency in their own lives. Education specialists monitor early warning indicators, coach goal setting and achievement, develop a team of supportive adults around each youth, and advocate for students' educational needs and rights. Participants will learn about the impacts of mobility and trauma on the education outcomes of youth in foster care, review the elements of the program model, explore how the program is measured and refined, and be introduced to student centered planning through tools and case studies.

  • Angela Griffin, Chief Program Officer, Treehouse

3. Empowering Communities through Participatory Planning and Budgeting (PPB)

Participatory Planning and Budgeting (PPB) is an innovative way to manage public money, authentically engage community members in government and address social determinants of health. Through this democratic process, people directly decide how to spend part of a public budget that affects their community. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and its partners implemented the first-in-the-nation direct application of PPB to public health. The Health Department partnered with Tacoma Public Schools and Public Health Centers for Excellence to administer and evaluate PPB projects in three East Tacoma schools. The presentation panel will share stories, data and video for the three projects.

  • Benjii Bittle, Business Development Manager, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • Victor Rodriguez, Public Health Centers for Excellence
  • Angela Boyer, Public Health Centers for Excellence

4. Leveraging Nature-Based Experiences for Social and Emotional Development in Youth

What do residential environmental education, conservation service, and experience-based outdoor programs have to do with social and emotional learning? This workshop will feature case studies from NatureBridge, Student Conservation Association, and Outward Bound. Join these organizations in a discussion about their current research exploring how nature-based programs contribute to social and emotional development for youth and young adults and what these organizations are learning about how to strengthen the Social Emotional Learning practices (SEL) in their experienced-based programs by focusing on adult practice.

  • Josiah Downey, Director of Education, Student Conservation Association
  • Kathleen O'Connor, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nature Bridge
  • Poppy Potter, Director of Group Programs & Twin Cities Center, Voyager Outward Bound School

5. Success 360 Partnerships in Action - Making a Difference for Seattle Area Youth

Seattle has been an Altria Success360 (S360) community for over five years. As the organizations came together under the S360 umbrella there was much work to be done to forge the collaboration instead of forcing it. This project brought together Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Communities in Schools, The First Tee, 4-H and Caron Treatment Centers. While all the organizations work with youth, we all have different systems and organizations. Learn how we came to understand the contexts and realities of each organization. After building relationships we were able to explore and implement ways to strengthen collaboration to expand and deepen our impact in our community. Come and learn about our process to build this partnership and a collaborative culture around youth we serve. Learn from our mistakes and missteps over the years as we increase cross program and sector alignment. We will discuss what worked and what didn’t work. Find out how we use our collaboration to support the work of the greater youth development community. Participants will have an opportunity to meet in teams – both by locality and by agency type – to explore and develop their own action steps for building collaborations in their community.

  • Jolynn Kenny, Vice President of Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
  • TBD, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
  • Josh Field, Outreach Director, The First Tee Seattle

6. Using Experiential Methodologies to Enhance Social Emotional Learning Though a Trauma-Informed Lens

Using Experiential Methodologies to Enhance Social Emotional Learning Though a Trauma-Informed Lens is a Washington State University (WSU) Extension training program that brings the research and best practices of the experiential learning model into the classroom. The program is targeted at educators who want to acquire the knowledge and skill needed to transform their classrooms into dynamic, high achieving learning communities. This program spans across curriculum, grade levels, and programs, establishing a scaffolding to support educators, resulting in increased student performance and decreased disruptive behaviors. Participants have the opportunity to experience best practices, learn the latest research, and understand the theory behind it. This workshop is designed to offer educators a reflective experience focusing on where they currently are as teachers, and identify ways to actively engage their students in the classroom. By reflecting on targeted outcomes, teachers will experience professional growth, and transfer their knowledge to the classroom. The topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Learning Communities in schools is one of the current waves of educational reform. Educators will learn to harness the power and momentum of these movements for their classroom and school. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to experience best practices, learn the latest research, understand the theory behind it, and walk away with a new set of tools. Currently, we have trained over 10,000 teachers in twenty-eight school districts in multiple states. Excitement over this approach is contagious. Our session format will consist of three parts - Interactive PowerPoint, Experiential Activities, and Co-Creative planning. Attendees will not only leave with new ideas and tools for their program or classroom, they will leave with goals and a plan to implement them into their curriculum. Each attendee will receive an Educator’s Handbook that includes the research, theory and application tools of this Learning Communities Model.

  • Scott VanderWey, Director of 4-H Adventure Education, Washington State University

Most SOWA workshops and webinars are STARS approved. Classes fill quickly and registrations are processed in the order received. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. If you have a question regarding payment, please contact Nerrisah Townsend at ntownsend [at] or (206) 336-6903.

SOWA reserves the right to cancel any training event two business days prior to the event. In case of cancellation, registrants will be notified and registration fees refunded. If you cannot attend a training event, we will refund your registration fees only if we are contacted at least two business days prior to the event. Otherwise, no refunds will be given.