Strengthening Programs.



Our commitment to racial equity

Our commitment to racial equity

School’s Out Washington is committed to dismantling the racist systems that block young people from experiencing high-quality expanded learning. We recognize the continued violence and oppression impacting brown and Black people in our communities and throughout our country. And, we acknowledge that these injustices threaten the empowerment and well being of the young people we are so deeply invested in. School’s Out Washington is working to become an antiracist organization.


We support the people and organizations who empower youth through expanded learning.

School’s Out Washington is working to ensure equitable access to high-quality, expanded learning programs in all Washington communities—especially for low-income youth and youth of color. Through advocacy, professional learning, and grants we have established a foundation of support and expertise that enables and enriches the critical work of youth-serving organizations.

Trainings & Workshops

May 15, 2021

(10:00 am—3:00 pm)

May 18, 2021

(10:00 am—1:00 pm)

June 5, 2021

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

June 12, 2021

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Trauma Informed Youth Work

May 15, 2021 (10:00 am—3:00 pm)

Instructor : Briana Herman-Brand

Format : Online/Zoom

Cultural Competency & Responsiveness - Relationship Building

STARS Credits:

Planning With Data

May 18, 2021 (10:00 am—1:00 pm)

Instructor : Carlee Hoover

Format : Online/Zoom

Learning & Curriculum Development

STARS Credits: 3

Ask, Listen, Encourage

June 5, 2021 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Carlee Hoover

Format : Online/Zoom

Social-Emotional Learning

STARS Credits: 2

Structure & Clear Limits

June 12, 2021 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Venalin Aguilar

Format : Online/Zoom

Interactions with Children and Youth - Relationship Building

STARS Credits: 2

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Unveiling overlooked history to empower and educate.

May 04, 2021

The Hawk Foundation's goal is to empower all youth and educators, from all backgrounds, to seek out more information about African American history.

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African dancers performing at Hawk Foundation's Black History Month Celebration at Evergreen State College.

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News & Updates


May 04

Pierce County Program Quality Manager

Job Description  Pierce County Program Quality Manager  Overview For three decades, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has served a critical role to advance equitable expanded lea...

May 05

Welcome to the team, Sevan!

We are thrilled to welcome Sevan Bussell to our team as the new Spokane coach-trainer. Sevan (they/them) has been a youth worker for the last eight years, and a public speaker/workshop facil...

April 15

5 reasons why working with young people is the best.

By Lex Gavin

Our providers and partner organizations support some of the most brilliant young people in Washington. Lex Gavin explains why working with young people is the best They are our future. Peopl...

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King County Professional Learning System

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Learning opportunities are a mix of SOWA-curated training, partner organization specialized content (including the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention training) and external facilitators that bring a broad range of expertise and experience.

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Join the Youth Development Strategy Table

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The Youth Development Strategy Table is a coalition of public and nonprofit stakeholders working to establish a focused state-level youth development effort to sustain early learning gains, improve academic and social-emotional outcomes, and prevent deep end system involvement.

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June 17—Who Taught You That?: Understanding Gender, Creating Affirming Spaces

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This activity-based workshop will explore what’s at stake for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and how to create welcoming and affirming programs.

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Essential youth program data and insights

Check out Elevate Washington

Elevate Washington is a source for comprehensive, statewide data about youth programs. The platform offers a critical vantage point from which to pinpoint gaps and connect the dots. It was created to support School’s Out Washington and its partners as we work to shape systems and create opportunities that make expanded learning opportunities available to all of Washington’s youth.

Elevate Washington is a community-driven data system powered by the information that youth program providers self-report. From youth and staff demographics to funding streams and program content—these data show us who’s being served and where gaps exist. 

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