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Opportunity for Pierce County Programs: Join the Youth Program Quality Initiative before Sep. 5

School’s Out Washington and the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation are partnering to once again bring the Youth Program Quality Initiative to programs in Pierce County. The YPQI strengthens youth-serving organizations through assessment, data-driven improvement planning, peer learning, and intensive staff training. This is a great opportunity! Applications are due September 5, 2014.

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Stand With Us Against Racism This Fall

School’s Out Washington is organizing seven free events this to support the work of those of us working to end racism in our state. First, we will be offering caucuses where white people and people of color can get together separately to discuss the different work they need to do to address racism. Then, we will be offering workshops on Structural Racism. These events are free and open to all.

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Request for Proposal: Program Quality Initiative Business Plan

School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) from experienced consultants to develop a business plan for the Program Quality Initiative. The purpose of the plan is to build on SOWA’s accumulated experience in youth program quality work, ensure that our picture of the youth development landscape in Washington is up to date and comprehensive, and propel us forward into a future where the majority of programs are involved in a continuous quality improvement process, and where SOWA is seen as the go-to agency for support in this process.

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Register for Bridge for a Chance to Win A Night's Stay at Hotel & Dinner in Seattle

We are busy finalizing the line-up for the Bridge Conference on October 27 & 28 at the HUB on the University of Washington campus. We want you to join us and would even like to provide a free night’s stay at a local University district hotel plus dinner. All you need to do is register by August 31st to be entered to win!

While we are completing final touches on the conference workshop schedule, we are very excited about our keynotes joining us at the 2014 Bridge Conference including:

  • Dennis Littky, co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning and the Met Center, nationally known for his non-traditional approach to education.
  • Robin DiAngelo and Darlene Flynn who will discuss racial equity and privilege and how educators can create a supportive environment for all youth to thrive.
  • Baratunde Thurston, former Director of Digital of the satirical news source The Onion, who will inspire and entertain us with his stories about his own learning journey.

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