The people of color-led model model focuses on strengthening program capacity and reach for culturally-responsive out-of-school time programs for, in, and by underserved communities of color.

These organizations have leadership, board, and staff that are largely Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) with a primary focus to engage BIPOC youth.

Each organization will serve a minimum of 20 elementary and/or middle school-age youth for at least 2-4 days per week after school, with many also providing four or more weeks of summer programming.

People of Color-Led Organization Grantees

Funded Amount (over 3 years)
Arts Corps$200,229Arts Corps will expand their reach to provide culturally responsive arts education programming afterschool to elementary youth in Highline Public Schools.
Chinese Information and Service Center$296,874The Chinese Information and Service Center aims to increase math and literacy competency in 57 elementary children from low-income, immigrant families through an expansion of their afterschool program. Funding would go towards hiring two reading specialists and one math specialist to provide more focused, individualized attention to youth.
East African Community Services$300,000East African Community Services provides afterschool and summer programming for around 150 middle school and elementary school low-income, under-served East African youth. Programming will focus on academic achievement as well as culture and identity.
Empowering Youth & Families Outreach$241,015Empowering Youth and Families Outreach provides before and afterschool, as well as summer programming to around 150 middle and elementary school youth annually. Best Starts for Kids funds will help provide scholarships to families who cannot afford programming, increase STEM exposure, and build capacity to better meet the needs of the youth they serve.
Filipino Community of Seattle$300,000The Filipino Community of Seattle will support low-income, at-risk middle school youth of color with limited technology or technical skills to build relationships with their community, learn critical thinking and team-building skills, and identify community needs, all while learning how to use graphic design tools and web development coding languages to create projects that promote social justice through our STEAM HCD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Human Centered Design) Program.
Iraqi Community Center of Washington$300,000Iraqi Community Center of Washington will provide afterschool programming and Saturday Arabic classes for 20-25 Iraqi refugee elementary aged youth in Kent’s East Hill neighborhood. Programming will center on academic and English support, and the preservation of cultural heritage.
Life Enrichment Group$296,000Life Enrichment Group will expand The Scholar’s Project to reach African American elementary youth at South Shore K-8 during the school year and summer. Programs will support youth through positive channels of education, cultural awareness, performing arts, and mentorship, with a focus on academic achievement.
Living Well Kent$283,050Living Well Kent’s Building a Path to Graduation program will provide afterschool, Saturday, and summer supports to immigrant and refugee elementary youth through advocacy, leadership and social justice tools in a culturally appropriate setting.
Open Doors for Multicultural Families$300,000Open Doors for Multicultural Families will create a new middle and elementary school-age program for 20 youth with disabilities from Kent, Auburn, and SeaTac. Program activities target a set of social-communication goals as well as physical health outcomes.
Vietnamese Friendship Association$100,000
The Vietnamese Friendship Association will recruit more middle school youth to participate in Project RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Student Empowerment). Project RISE prioritizes holistic youth development, academic support, job training and family engagement services using culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to mitigate systemic inequities for refugee and immigrant youth.
Walk Away City Collaborative$300,000
Using the Hip Hop 2 Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV Curriculum to encourage youth to make healthy life style choices, Walk Away City Collaborative will engage, and provide incentives for 20 youth at Middle School University to take part in a pathway prevention education program, with both afterschool and summer offerings.
WAPI Community Services$298,416WAPI’s LevelUp Youth is a 10-week substance abuse prevention program empowering young leaders through music, arts and education while providing a safe and drug-free environment. The program will be expanded to reach more youth at two middle and elementary schools in Federal Way.