Strengthening Programs.



Our commitment to
racial equity

Our commitment to
racial equity

School’s Out Washington is committed to dismantling the racist systems that block young people from experiencing high-quality expanded learning. We recognize the continued violence and oppression impacting brown and black people in our communities and throughout our country. And we acknowledge that these injustices threaten the empowerment and well being of the young people we are so deeply invested in. School’s Out Washington is working to become an antiracist organization.


We support the people and organizations who empower youth through expanded learning.

School’s Out Washington is working to ensure equitable access to high-quality, expanded learning programs in all Washington communities—especially for low-income youth and youth of color. Through advocacy, professional learning, grants, and initiatives we have established a foundation of support and expertise that enables and enriches the critical work of youth-serving organizations.

Training and Workshops

March 21, 2021

(12:00 am—4:00 pm)

April 14, 2021

(11:30 am—1:30 pm)

April 15, 2021

(9:00 am—12:00 pm)

April 22, 2021

(10:00 am—12:00 pm)

May 5, 2021

(10:00 am—12:30 pm)

Registration & Kick-off Webinar: 30 Hour School-Age Basics

March 21, 2021 (12:00 am—4:00 pm)

Instructor : Nerrisah Townsend

Format : Online/Zoom

Safety & Wellness

STARS Credits: 2

Homework Help and Learning Support

April 14, 2021 (11:30 am—1:30 pm)

Instructor : Carlee Hoover

Format : Online/Zoom

Learning Environment & Curriculum

STARS Credits:

Beyond Basics - Understanding SEL PQA Practices

April 15, 2021 (9:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Sheely Mauck

Format : Online/Zoom

Social-Emotional Learning

STARS Credits: 3

Foundations for Summer Learning

April 22, 2021 (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Instructor : Sheely Mauck

Format : Online/Zoom

Learning Environment & Curriculum

STARS Credits: 2

Exploring Structural Racism

May 5, 2021 (10:00 am—12:30 pm)

Instructor : TBA

Format : Online/Zoom

Cultural Competency & Responsiveness

STARS Credits: 2.5

Training and Workshops

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Seattle CARES—creating and becoming superheroes

March 11, 2021

By Adriana Zazula

Seattle CARES is more than mentoring. The organization invests not only in the youth they work with, but also their families. Their mission is to secure and transform the lives of Black children by inspiring, recruiting, and mobilizing masses of...

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Community Feedback

News & Updates


March 17

Welcome to the team, Cassie!


A desire to create change and provide quality information propelled Cassie into her position at SOWA. Fourteen years of serving youth in a volunteer and professional capacity has provided he...

March 17

Educators, school staff, youth development, and child care providers now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine


President Biden recently announced a directive that all states prioritize vaccinations of teachers and childcare workers, with a goal for all school staff and childcare w...

January 21

King County Best Starts for Kids quality out-of-school time initiative extended for fourth year

By Lex Gavin

The Out-of-School Time Initiative, a part of King County Best Starts for Kids, began in 2018 and was slated to provide youth program providers with funding and quality improvement support th...

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King County Professional Learning System

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Learning opportunities are a mix of SOWA-curated training, partner organization specialized content (including the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention training) and external facilitators that bring a broad range of expertise and experience.

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Join the Youth Development Strategy Table

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The Youth Development Strategy Table is a coalition of public and non-profit stakeholders working to establish a focused state level youth development effort to sustain early learning gains, improve academic and social-emotional outcomes, and prevent deep end system involvement.

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Free yoga for youth development professionals!

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YDEKC and School’s Out Washington are excited to partner with Holistic Life Foundation to bring mindfulness classes to youth development professionals in March and April, 2021. ⁠

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Essential youth program data and insights

Check out Elevate Washington

Elevate Washington is a source for comprehensive, statewide data about youth programs. The platform offers a critical vantage point from which to pinpoint gaps and connect the dots. It was created to support School’s Out Washington and its partners as we work to shape systems and create opportunities that make expanded learning opportunities available to all of Washington’s youth.

Elevate Washington is a community-driven data system powered by the information that youth program providers self-report. From youth and staff demographics to funding streams and program content—these data show us who’s being served and where gaps exist. 

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