With the Best Starts For Kids Out-of-School (BSK OST) grant initiative, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) saw an opportunity to not only provide significant financial support, but to also embed a system of youth program quality support, capacity development, and continuous quality improvement. The BSK OST grant provided funding and support to grantees for three years, with the opportunity to extend another one and a half years. SOWA also provided grantees with quality supports aligned with the Youth Program Quality Initiative, including training, one-on-one coaching, program quality assessments using the Social-Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment tool, and peer learning community meetings. … [ ]
Resource Category: Research & Reports
At SOWA and in programs across the state, our path and purpose are becoming clearer. Systems and structures to support this powerful but still-emerging and underinvested-in sector are taking shape. Through shared vision and purpose, connection, community, and persistence, we are creating equitable pathways for thriving youth across this beautiful state.
Summary Report on Process and Results to Washington State Department of Commerce
School’s Out Washington and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) came together in 2021 to develop ideas and actions DNR can take to plan and implement meaningful education programs in partnership with organizations to support Expanded Learning Opportunities. Informed by research, conversations with individuals and groups, representation from local and regional organizations, and philanthropic thought partners, this report shares promising practices in broadening access to outdoor education and natural resource stewardship to all communities.
This primer serves as a COVID recovery-related state of affairs for the youth development community and the children and youth that participate – or could participate if one was available – in programming. Included are several examples of programs across the state as well as recommendations to support the field so that our young people can thrive during and post-pandemic.
In a year like no other, we saw how youth workers and organizations came together and reimagined what it meant to support children, youth, and families. In this annual report, we captured some of those incredible stories.