2023 legislative priorities
This state legislative session, the SOWA and the Youth Development Strategy Table coalition is requesting funding for youth programs with Senate Bill 5601 and a small, but critical, state infrastructure investment to help providers d our youth.
Senate Bill 5601: Funding for state youth development infrastructure ($2 Million for two years)
Currently, no state agency has purview over the youth development field, which was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of such an agency is critical to supporting the ecosystem of youth development programs. Our request includes:
- Funding for community engagement efforts ($60,000 per biennium)
- State agency staffing support and grant management ($1.64 million per biennium)
- Maintenance of a program locator website and data system (Elevate Washington) for youth, families, and other stakeholders ($300,000 per biennium)
House Bill 1386: Funding for direct-service youth development programs ($50 Million for two years)
Youth development programs have consistently provided a space for children and youth to learn and grow outside of the classroom. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the benefits of programs as schools and other critical institutions were unable to open. Challenges in academics and social-emotional learning continue for our state’s young people, and many youth development programs are unable to increase program capacity due to limited funding.
A significant investment in youth development programs would provide access for more of Washington’s young people to critical programs over the next two years. Learn more about our priorities here.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County | Asia Pacific Cultural Center | Housing Hope | Foundation for Tacoma Students | Latino Community Fund of WA/Alianza Youth Leadership Program | Room One | Communities In Schools of Washington State Network | Latino Community Fund | Communities In Schools of Central Washington | Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties | The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State | River City Youth Ops | MENTOR Washington | League of education voters | Kinder Care Learning Companies | League of Education Voters | BBBS of Island County | Friends Of The Children Seattle | YDEKC | Arts Corps | United Way of King County | Friends of the Children – SW Washington | Junior Achievement of Washington | Washington Alliance of YMCAs | Washington State Alliance of YMCAs | The ZoNE