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

May 23

(6:30 pm — 7:15 pm)

May 24

(11:00 am — 12:30 pm)

May 30

(10:00 am — 1:00 pm)

Jun 04

(10:00 am — 1:00 pm)

Jun 11

(10:00 am — 1:00 pm)

Kick-Off - Online 30 Hour School-Age Basics

May 23, 2024 (6:30 pm — 7:15 pm)

Instructor: Nerrisah Townsend

Format: Virtual

Topic: The 30-Hour School-Age Basics course curriculum and learning outcomes meet Washington state Pre-Service Requirements.

STARS Credits: 30

Closing Reflection - Online 30 Hour School-Age Basics

May 24, 2024 (11:00 am — 12:30 pm)

Instructor: Carlee Hoover. SOWA Training Services Manager

Format: Virtual

Topic: The closing reflection is the final step to complete the 30-Hour School-Age Basics Online. All four steps are required to receive STARS credit.

STARS Credits: 30

Planning with Data

May 30, 2024 (10:00 am — 1:00 pm)

Instructor: Carlee Hoover

Format: Virtual

Topic: This training prepares participants to develop effective program improvement plans and to take this planning process back to their program settings.

STARS Credits: 3

Active Supervision and Transitions STARS Credit: 3.00

June 4, 2024 (10:00 am — 1:00 pm)

Instructor: Carlee Hoover, SOWA Training Services Manager

Format: School's Out Washington Tukwila office

Topic: In this training we will explore strategies for Active Supervision that keeps kids safe, strengthens connection and supports autonomy.

STARS Credits: 3

Promoting Responsibility and Leadership

June 11, 2024 (10:00 am — 1:00 pm)

Instructor: Samone Coleman, SOWA Program Quality Coach

Format: School's Out Washington Tukwila Office

Topic: In this workshop, participants will learn to support young people in leveraging their strengths, interests, and leadership style as part of groups and relationships.

STARS Credits: 3

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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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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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