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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.

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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

June 30, 2022

(6:00 pm—8:30 pm)

July 12, 2022

(5:30 pm—7:30 pm)

Exploring Structural Racism

June 30, 2022 (6:00 pm—8:30 pm)

Instructor : Sheely Mauck & Kelly Riffer

Format : Online/Virtual

Cultural Competency & Responsiveness

STARS Credits: 2.5

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators

July 12, 2022 (5:30 pm—7:30 pm)

Instructor : Space Between

Format : Online/Zoom

Learning Environment & Curriculum, Cultural Competency & Responsiveness

STARS Credits: 2

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Bridge Destination–Tacoma!

June 16, 2022

By School's Out Washington

Come early and explore! Tacoma is more than just the Greater Tacoma Convention Center and Marriott Tacoma Downtown where this year’s Bridge Conference will be held. Tacoma is a vibrant city filled with art, walking history and spectacular scenery. Why...

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view of the Tacoma waterfront

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News & Updates


June 16

Best Starts for Kids Expanded Learning Awardees Announced!

By School's Out Washington

School’s Out Washington, in partnership with King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK), is excited to announce the BSK Expanded Learning cohort for 2022–2025! In total, 65 awardees will receive...

June 08

Youth Program Quality Coach

By School's Out Washington

Job Description Youth Program Quality Coach OverviewFor three decades, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has served a critical role to advance equitable expanded learning ecosystems in Washingt...

June 07

Theory of Change and Strategic Planning Consultant

By School's Out Washington

Request for Qualifications Theory of Change and Strategic Planning ConsultantDeadline for Submission:  June 23, 2022 School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is seeking a consultant to design and...

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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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List your program and get on the map!

Check out Elevate Washington

Elevate Washington is a member-based youth program data system and public directory. It includes nonprofits, businesses, and agencies that offer afterschool enrichment, childcare, youth services, and a range of other opportunities and support for children and young people (ages 5 to 24).

SOWA created the Elevate Washington so that we have the tools and information needed to see where youth programs are operating in our state and better understand who’s being served. With this critical data, we’re able to advocate for resources and also provide families with an easy way to find programs in their area.

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