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High Participation and Impact for Advocacy Day 2019

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School’s Out Washington (SOWA), Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) and SOAR hosted the second annual Youth Development and Expanded Learning Opportunities Advocacy Day on January 15, 2019 in Olympia, exceeding our expectation in turnout and impact!

 Youth from East African Community Services at the Capitol in Olympia, WA for Advocacy Day 2019.

Representative Javier Valdez from the 46th District meeting with 4th and 5th grade constituents from Northgate Elementary’s Leadership Club.

We surpassed our goal of 100 participants with over 130 community members joining, including around 40 youth. Participants arrived from all over the state the Washington and were able to meet with 55 legislative offices.

Training was provided beforehand with an Advocacy Day Training Webinar and in-person during Advocacy Day with staff. Providers, youth and other stakeholders were able to speak to the youth development and expanded learning field, the quality initiative, career connected learning, and a DCYF Youth Development Workgroup (House Bill 1644 and Senate Bill 5665).

Makayla Wright from SOAR, training youth from East African Community Services before their meeting with legislators.

Two student leaders from After-School All Stars Puget Sound at the Capitol in Olympia, WA.

The Leadership Club from Northgate Elementary saw Mayor Durkan of Seattle.

If you couldn’t join Advocacy Day 2019, there are still lots of opportunities for you to stay involved:

  1. Become a Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network (WELON) member. The ELO Network supports and promotes policies that increase access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities for youth in Washington. Together, ELO providers, K12 education and school-age child care stakeholders, families, and youth can come together to help improve the access to and the quality of ELOs. You can join here.
  2. During the legislative session, join us for our biweekly legislative update for WELON. Our next call is February 6th, 2019. Join the WELON network here.
  3. Sign up for SOWA’s Action Alerts, to stay up to date on the issues the expanded learning field is facing at the federal, state, and local levels. Whenever there’s a new bill or an upcoming vote, or any way that you can show policy makers that summer and afterschool matter, we’ll send you an email!
For more information, contact SOWA's Policy and Advocacy Director David Beard.

David Beard from School’s Out Washington guiding Advocacy Day 2019 in the Columbia Room.

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