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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.


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 4, 2021

(10:00 am—12:30 pm)

May 5, 2021

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

May 15, 2021

(10:00 am—3:00 pm)

May 18, 2021

(10:00 am—1:00 pm)

Exploring Structural Racism

May 4, 2021 (10:00 am—12:30 pm)

Instructor : Lex Gavin

Format : Online/Zoom

Cultural Competency & Responsiveness

STARS Credits: 2.5

Cultivating Empathy

May 5, 2021 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Lynda Llavore and Maria Pia Johnson

Format : Online/Zoom

Social-Emotional Learning

STARS Credits: 2

Trauma Informed Youth Work

May 15, 2021 (10:00 am—3:00 pm)

Instructor : Briana Herman-Brand

Format : Online/Zoom

Cultural Competency & Responsiveness

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

Trainings & Workshops

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Seattle CARES—creating and becoming superheroes

March 11, 2021

By Adriana Zazula

Seattle CARES is more than mentoring. The organization invests not only in the youth they work with, but also their families. Their mission is to secure and transform the lives of Black children by inspiring, recruiting, and mobilizing masses of...

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News & Updates


April 01

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...

March 17

Welcome to the team, Cassie!


A desire to create change and provide quality information propelled Cassie into her position at SOWA. Fourteen years of serving youth in a volunteer and professional capacity...

March 17

Educators, school staff, youth development, and child care providers now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine


President Biden recently announced a directive that all states prioritize vaccinations of teachers and childcare workers, with a goal for all school staff and childcare workers...

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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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April 22—Free yoga for youth development professionals!

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YDEKC and School’s Out Washington are excited to partner with Holistic Life Foundation to bring mindfulness classes to youth development professionals in March and April, 2021. ⁠

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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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