A substantial investment in youth development is needed now.
Like any critical system, youth development requires resources, reliable data, and dedicated funding to continue delivering high-quality, equitable programming for Washington’s youth.
“There has always been a gap in how youth development work is viewed and resourced, but it took a pandemic to truly expose just how wide and skewed it is. It took a pandemic to expose who has access and who does not, even though data before the pandemic, over and over again, told us that historically marginalized communities faced huge education and opportunity gaps. Once we know better, we do better…our young people need all eyes on them right now, we must do better for them.”
— Fahren Johnson, Director of Strategy & Partnerships