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Meet Rosalinda Castro Joining Our Pierce County Team!

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

In 2017, SOWA opened a Pierce County office to deepen our partnerships and support to expanded learning programs in the region.  We are excited to continue growing our staff presence based in Pierce County, most recently with our newest staff member Rosalinda Castro, Senior Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator supporting the Whole Child Partnership Initiative.

Rosalinda is one of six coordinators serving as a liaison between school staff and on-site expanded learning program providers in 12 Tacoma schoolsmanaging logistics, sharing data, and connecting students to learning opportunities Learn more about Rosalinda and why she's excited to be joining the SOWA team and working on the Whole Child Partnership Initiative. 

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Tacoma, WA.

What do you like to do in your down time?
I enjoy spending time at Owens Beach, and the waterfront whether it is on land or on the water by kayak. I’ve recently learned to drive and have taken spontaneous 2am road trips. Don’t mind alone time at a local park with food and music. Also, catch me at the Grand Cinema as I love exploring movies!

What brought you to SOWA?
I’ve spent the last 5 years working in youth development ensuring that underserved students are provided with quality programming through culturally relevant activities, caring adults, and safe spaces. Through a grant, I was able to attend pieces of training and learning about the Youth Program Quality work.

Through SOWA I’ll be working with the Whole Child Partnership Initiative (formerly known as “TSELI”). I love the work SOWA is doing to provide quality programming for youth to have voices and choices. I’m excited to be working in my own community in Tacoma and implementing resources at one of the elementary schools that I attended when I was younger.

Tell us one thing you are proud of.
I am most proud to be working in the community that has helped shaped who I am. Coming from an immigrant family, I know what it is to need the resources we try hard to keep afloat. Even while working on my undergraduate degree, I stayed connected with my community and mentored youth. I am proud that I have overcome many barriers and can be a model for my community that it can and will happen!

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