Best Starts for Kids Expanded Learning Awardees Announced!

School’s Out Washington, in partnership with King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK), is excited to announce the BSK Expanded Learning cohort for 2022–2025! In total, 65 awardees will receive $16,102,303 in funding over the next three years. The BSK Expanded Learning initiative provides funding and resources for expanded learning providers across King County to increase access to high quality expanded learning opportunities for youth (ages 5–13) who are BIPOC and/or living in poverty. This is accomplished through two primary funding models:  BIPOC-led organizations that are embedded in culturally specific or cross-cultural communities of color Place-based collaboratives that are made … [ ]

Best Starts for Kids Expanded Learning RFP is now open!

School’s Out Washington (SOWA), in partnership with Best Start for Kids (BSK), is seeking proposals for the 2022-2025 King County Best Starts for Kids Expanded Learning Initiative.  The RFP and application are available here. Proposals are due on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 by 11:59 PM. Investments in the BSK Expanded Learning Initiative will strengthen and increase expanded learning opportunities for King County young people (ages 5-13) who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and/or living in poverty. Expanded learning provides young people with high-quality programming through a range of activities including academic enrichment, cultural and social development activities, … [ ]

A statement from SOWA about harm we caused

Dear Community,  We are writing to acknowledge that we recently caused harm to Key to Change, an organization that we featured in our Community Spotlight story series. For the purposes of transparency and accountability, we want to share what occurred, our learnings, and some of the steps we are taking to ensure this does not happen again.   On February 14, as part of a Community Spotlight series on Black-led youth arts programs for Black History month, we featured Key to Change, a Black-led nonprofit that inspires underserved youth through world-class music instruction and leadership development.  Our communications team mistakenly … [ ]

2022 Summer Program Fund RFP is now open!

2022 Summer Program Fund School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is partnering with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to administer a second round of funding through the Summer Program Fund—a statewide opportunity for summer programs, serving young people ages 4-21 in Washington. Approximately $4.5M will be invested in summer programs through contracts ranging from $10,000 – $50,000 for Summer 2022. The RFP process is now open and applications are due by 11:59 PM on, Monday, December 6, 2021. Funding decisions will be made by mid-February, 2022 Nonprofit community-based organizations, including religious organizations, will be prioritized for funding. Small businesses and … [ ]

Request for Proposal—Data Consultant

Organizational Overview School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is a nonprofit intermediary working to ensure equitable access to high-quality, expanded learning programs in all Washington communities—especially for low-income youth and youth of color. We do this through advocacy and systems building. Specifically, we provide direct services (assessment, training and professional learning) to youth-serving organizations and individuals. Scope of Work We are seeking an individual or firm to provide data consulting services for Elevate Washington, a proprietary member data system and public-facing youth program directory. It was created to enable SOWA and its partners to understand the expanded learning and youth development program … [ ]

We Build. We Rise. We Soar. Best Starts for Kids Summit kicks off!

We Build. We Rise. We Soar. The King County Best Starts for Kids Summit delivers four days of learning, sharing, and celebrating. In his opening remarks, King County Executive Dow Constantine pointed to the Out-of-School Time strategy as an example of the success of the overall initiative.   Between 2018 and 2020, OST cohort members have:  Delivered more than 130,000 hours of out-of-school time programming  Seen more than 11,000 enrollments  The week features trainings and panels from organizations from across the many Best Starts strategies and also boasts out-of-school time grantees.  Highlights: STEMPaths Innovation Network has invited their student leaders to demonstrate the engineering design process and to help attendees empower girls to … [ ]