2024 Bridge Conference

“Moments to Movements,” a collective exploration of transformative power within individuals and collaborative movements.

2023-2026 Strategic Plan

We are proud to present our 2023-2026 strategic plan, which has been deeply informed by School’s Out Washington’s community and supported by the thoughtful guidance of Be The Change Consulting.

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

Jun 15

(10:00 am — 4:30 pm)

Jun 17 — Jun 18

(9:00 am — 4:00 pm)

Jun 18

(10:00 am — 12:00 pm)

Jun 20

(10:00 am — 12:00 pm)

Jun 21

(10:00 am — 12:30 pm)

Adult Mental Health First Aid

June 15, 2024 (10:00 am — 4:30 pm)

Format: In-person at Graduate Tacoma

Topic: Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to assist and support others who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

STARS Credits: 6

Summer Blast

June 17, 2024 — June 18, 2024 (9:00 am — 4:00 pm)

Format: Boys & Girls Club Schatz Branch - Tacoma

Topic: During Summer Blast, participants learn tangible practices to take back to summer and fall programs, and meet and network with like-minded individuals in the field.

STARS Credits: TBD

Communication Skills Practice

June 18, 2024 (10:00 am — 12:00 pm)

Instructor: Emet Bergman, LCSW

Format: Virtual on Zoom

Topic: This workshop will provide a space to bring awareness to current communication styles, learn about communication skills and tools to offer clarity and empathy, and practice integrating those skills with intentionality.

STARS Credits: 2

Cultivating Connection: Strategies for Holistic Care in Youth Development

June 20, 2024 (10:00 am — 12:00 pm)

Instructor: September Clark

Format: Virtually on Zoom

Topic: This workshop is designed to empower professionals and individuals working with youth by providing insightful strategies for holistic care.

STARS Credits: 2

SEL Methods - Fostering Teamwork

June 21, 2024 (10:00 am — 12:30 pm)

Instructor: Sevan Bussell

Format: Virtually on Zoom

Topic: Participants in this workshop will learn and apply group norm building and facilitation techniques to support young people in managing their communication styles and applying reframing conflict skills.

STARS Credits: 2

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Stories

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Kids and Paper: a legacy built on family traditions, love and creativity

January 26, 2024

By Nat Neville

Kids and Paper was born out of the experience of love, change, and a mother noticing her child’s irrepressible self-expression through drawing. Now, Kids and Paper have provided 200 children with a program where they are encouraged to safely and freely...

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Community Feedback

News & Updates

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April 12

Strengthening Youth Empowerment through Community

By Nat Neville

The School’s Out Washington (SOWA) office was full of discussion, laughter, and the sounds of Beyonce’s latest hit, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” on Thursday, March 7, for the Best Starts for Kids (BSK)...

February 02

One woman’s journey to connection, impact, and service 

By By Williams Pelegrin

Mila Doroshchuk, the Program Coordinator with B5, a current School’s Out Washington (SOWA) Refugee School Impact Program (RSIP) grantee is leading the organization’s Ukrainian After School P...

January 26

Kids and Paper: a legacy built on family traditions, love and creativity

By Nat Neville

Kids and Paper was born out of the experience of love, change, and a mother noticing her child’s irrepressible self-expression through drawing. Now, Kids and Paper have provided 200 chi...

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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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