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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 prevent young people from experiencing high-quality expanded learning. We recognize the continued violence and oppression impacting Black, Indigenous and people of color  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 continuously working to become an anti-racist 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, youth development programs across Washington state—especially for low-income youth and youth of color. Through advocacy, professional learning, and grants we have created a foundation of support and expertise that enables and enriches the critical work of youth-serving organizations.

Trainings & Workshops

May 31, 2023

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

June 1, 2023

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

June 6, 2023

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

June 8, 2023

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

June 12, 2023

(10:00 am—1:00 pm)

Trauma and Resilience for Youth Development Providers

May 31, 2023 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Emet Bergman

Format : Online/Zoom

STARS Credits: 2

YPQ Method - Active Learning

June 1, 2023 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Sevan Bussell

Format : Online/Zoom

STARS Credits: 2

Mapping Multiracial and Crosscultural Identities

June 6, 2023 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Maria Pia Johnson Barreto

Format : Online/Zoom

STARS Credits: 4

Introduction to Quality

June 8, 2023 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Carlee Hoover

Format : Online/Zoom

STARS Credits: 2

The Brain Science of Team Trust

June 12, 2023 (10:00 am—1:00 pm)

Instructor : Bill Wells

Format : In-person, Tukwila

STARS Credits: 3

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Vamos Outdoors Project is creating space for belonging

March 23, 2023

By Adriana Zazula

Whatcom and Skagit counties are known for their rich agriculture and breathtaking views of the North Cascades. However, access to its dense nature is often limited to those with the means to get outside. Starting in 2018, the  Vamos Outdoors...

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News & Updates


May 17

Check out what’s new on Elevate Washington

By Gloria Jordan

Last year, SOWA worked to enhance the Elevate Washington data platform. If you’re not already familiar, Elevate is SOWA’s youth program data system and public directory. Provider...

April 05

Best Starts for Kids sees early impact in King County

By School's Out Washington

The Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Expanded Learning initiative is underway! School’s Out Washington has received our first round of data from grantees. We’re excited to share the impact of this...

March 22

2023 legislative session update: A setback and forward momentum

By Gloria Jordan

Our two bills (Senate Bill 5601 and House Bill 1386) passed out of their policy committees, but did not receive a vote in their respective budget committees. In addition to $50M in grants fo...

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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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