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
October 12, 2022
(9:30 am—12:30 pm)
October 29, 2022
(11:00 am—12:00 pm)
“(A Feed Your Brain Grant from SOWA) was the spark that lit a huge positive fire in our community. It gave the Y the ability to provide the first summer meals and activities program in the county.”
Erica Delma, Director of Development and Community Engagement, Jefferson County YMCA
“It’s an empowering relationship. I have all the answers inside of me, but they’re deep in this maze or I don’t know if it will work. [SOWA is] not telling me what to do; you’re coaching me through it and adding professional development."
Monika Mathews, Executive Director, Life Enrichment Group
“Coaching is really the essence of meeting people where they’re at and creating spaces that enable us to have thoughtful conversations about what a program needs.”
Maria Pia Johnson Barreto, Learning & Design Manager, SOWA
“Having a few years of the Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) process under our belt—it has been ingrained in us and has become a natural part of all activities and enrichments that we conduct.”
YMCA @ Birch Creek
“A major thing that I think we have taken from Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) is hearing our youth and community voices in designing our programs. Because without their input, the programs will not mean much to them.”
Filipino Community of Seattle
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August 18Quality Pathways Associate Director
Job Description Quality Pathways Associate Director OverviewFor three decades, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has served a critical role to advance equitable expanded learning ecosystems in ...
August 18Program Operations Associate Director
Job Description Program Operations Associate Director OverviewFor three decades, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has served a critical role to advance equitable expanded learning ecosystems i...
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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.Learn more!