Bridge Conference 2023 highlights

What an event! Together, we set out to Reflect, Connect, and Reimagine our work to advocate and uplift the young people around the state of Washington.

How was your Bridge?

Thank you for joining us at this year’s Bridge Conference: Forging Brighter Futures! We would love to hear about your experience. What were the highlights? How was the venue? How can we improve?

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

Dec 02

(10:00 am — 10:45 am)

Dec 06

(9:30 am — 12:00 pm)

Kick-Off - Online 30 Hour School-Age Basics

December 2, 2023 (10:00 am — 10:45 am)

Format: Virtual

Topic: This self-paced course meets basic STARS training requirements for those providing care to school-age children in Washington State.

STARS Credits: 30

Cultural Responsiveness

December 6, 2023 (9:30 am — 12:00 pm)

Format: Virtual

Topic: An Inclusive Approach for Youth Programs workshop explores cultural identities, perspectives, and relationships that impact youth and shares best practices for an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment for all youth.

STARS Credits: 2.50

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BSK-funded programs had fun in the sun this summer with learning that shared common themes

November 17, 2023

By Nat Neville

Best Starts for Kids Expanded Learning grantees provided incredible summer learning opportunities to youth across King County through a variety of engaging programs and activities. Highlights from this summer included field trips across the region, celebrations of food and culture,...

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November 17

How was your Bridge?

Thank you for joining us at this year’s Bridge Conference: Forging Brighter Futures. We would love to hear about your experience. What were the highlights? How was the ve...

October 26

Grants & Contracts Director (part time)

Position Summary: School’s Out Washington is seeking a collaborative leader, a strategic and systems thinker, and a strong communicator to drive our revenue strategies, with a focus on publi...

October 26

Finance & Administrative Assistant

Position Summary: The Finance and Administrative Assistant provides administrative support for a variety of SOWA functions including, but not limited to, finance, IT, senior management, offi...

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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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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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