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

June 29, 2021

(4:00 pm—6:00 pm)

July 17, 2021

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

July 22, 2021

(5:00 pm—7:00 pm)

July 28, 2021

(10:00 am—12:30 pm)

Pathway to Family Partnership

June 29, 2021 (4:00 pm—6:00 pm)

Instructor : Maria Johnson and Nerrisah Townsend

Format : Online/Zoom

Cultural Competency & Responsiveness - Relationships

STARS Credits: 2

Introduction to Quality

July 17, 2021 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Maria Johnson

Format : Online/Zoom

STARS Credits: 2

Water Safety: Hidden Hazards in Plain Sight

July 22, 2021 (5:00 pm—7:00 pm)

Instructor : Sarah Stempski, Isabell Sakamoto, Nisreen El-Saadoun

Format : Online/Zoom

Learning Environment & Curriculum - Safety and Wellness

STARS Credits: 2

Fostering Teamwork

July 28, 2021 (10:00 am—12:30 pm)

Instructor : Lynda Llavore and Maria Johnson

Format : Online/Zoom

STARS Credits: 2.5

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Learning outside the box of an indoor classroom.

May 21, 2021

Tucked in the heart of the Methow Valley is a 1.5-acre classroom. For over 17 years, Classroom in Bloom has taught youth to grow healthy and fresh food, get outdoors and be mindful of the world around them. As a...

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A young girl wearing a mask holds up a handful of root vegetables in a garden

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News & Updates


June 17

5 things you can do today to support LGBTQ youth

By Tran Tonnu and Janell Jordan

For LGBTQ folks, June is an important month of celebration and awareness. While commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, Pride also serves as a reminder of the fearless existence ...

June 02

2021 Bridge Conference

For our second virtual conference, we will come together to celebrate, influence, and learn in community with the expanded learning field on October 26-29, 2021. Join us for a Systems Leader...

May 12

Best Starts for Kids  renewal  headed to the August 2021  ballot in King County! 

By Lex Gavin

Holistic community support for youth and families. This is the overarching purpose of King County’s Best Starts for Kids Initiative. As we’ve seen with the inaugural Best Starts Out-of-...

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Summer Program Funding

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We're partnering with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to develop and administer the Summer Program Fund—a statewide opportunity for summer programs serving young people ages 4—21 in Washington. $1M now available for summer programs serving children and youth in Washington. Apply by July 7!

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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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Water Safety: Hidden Hazards in Plain Sight

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Join us for a discussion about keeping children in youth care programs safe around water.

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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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