2021 Bridge Conference

For our second virtual conference, we will come together to celebrate, influence, and learn in community with the expanded learning field on October 26-29, 2021. Join us for a Systems Leaders Pre-Conference, inspiring keynote speakers, up to 28 workshops to choose from, and unique opportunities to connect with your peers … [ ]

5 things you can do today to support LGBTQ youth

For LGBTQ folks, June is an important month of celebration and awareness. While commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, Pride also serves as a reminder of the fearless existence of LGBTQ people. Though often a joyful occasion, the everyday lived reality of many LGBTQ people—especially those with multiple … [ ]

SOWA’s coaching philosophy in action

Coaching is at the heart of SOWA’s work in the community. Below is a conversation with Maria Pia Johnson Barreto, who has been a coach with SOWA in Spokane for over two years and is now our new Learning and Design Manager. How did coaching change for you during the pandemic? Community … [ ]

Building Quality in Washington State

The origins of quality improvement Since 2008, School’s Out Washington has been leading the effort to build and sustain a quality improvement system for expanded learning programs. The impetus for this work is grounded in the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to thrive and an understanding of how … [ ]

Thriving as a Leader in Changing Times

Belonging to a team, feeling valued and respected (as a whole person, not just “as an employee”), and being encouraged to innovate–this kind of culture enables us to adapt during challenging times, and it emerges when we lead by integrating racial equity and social and emotional learning to create equitable … [ ]

Professional development made easy—an interview with Janell Jordan

A new year often means change and that holds true for SOWA’s training opportunities. Janell Jordan, King County Program Manager, shares their excitement for the new King County Training System and provides insight as its project manager. While virtual, trainings are open to any youth development professional and there is no fee … [ ]