Youth Development Strategy Table (YDST)

Building & strengthening access to youth development programs across Washington

The Youth Development Strategy Table is a coalition of stakeholders from the public and nonprofit sectors and from the broader community. We’re working to secure long-term commitments from funders and legislators to enable programming that supports the well-being of young people by sustaining early learning gains, improving academic and social-emotional outcomes, and preventing deep-end system involvement.

School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is the backbone organization for The Youth Development Strategy Table

SOWA’s mission is to ensure equitable access to high-quality, youth development programs across Washington state—especially for low-income youth and youth of color. Through advocacy, professional learning, and grants we have created a foundation of support and expertise that enables and enriches the critical work of youth-serving organizations. We facilitate the Youth Development Strategy Table through: 

Coordination: SOWA provides the central administrative resources needed to steward and convene members and committees.

Collaboration: The Youth Development Strategy Table is collaboratively owned and governed with dedicated support from SOWA staff.

Celebration: SOWA is committed to honoring and championing the work of youth development programs throughout Washington State. SOWA uses its marketing platform—including social media, email campaigns, and other means of sharing stories—to create and implement advocacy campaigns for the Youth Development Strategy Table.

YDST Regional Meetings
Let's meet!
Spokane, Pasco, Everett, Seattle, Long Beach, & Tacoma

Gather with us to talk through our 2024 legislative priorities and share your feedback and insights. 

Please register in advance to help us prepare and welcome you!