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Meet Sebastian Wilson, King County Youth Development Program Quality Coach!

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

Sebastian joined SOWA in November of last year as our newest King County Youth Development Program Quality Coach. He has worked in school-age programs and the youth development field for almost 20 years! Sebastian has been a valued trainer, part-time coach, and external assessor with SOWA, and we are so excited to have him as a full-time member of our team. Get to know Sebastian better and learn more about what brought him to the SOWA team.

Where are you from?
I am born and raised in Seattle. And, yes, by Seattle I mean Seattle (206). I spent most of my days in the north-end of town and through a decade of employment with Seattle Parks and Recreation was privileged enough to build meaningful relationships with people representing just about every community within its boundaries. I love this city and for those of us who are lucky enough to have been here since birth understand the small town aspects of it. We also have a tremendous appreciation for it’s quirks and peaceful energy. If you are not from Seattle, it is what has kept you here.

What do you like to do in your down time?
My what?...I have never been very good at finding a separation between work and non-work…and I think down time means non-work. I love my family, friends, natural spaces and everything being human has to offer. I like to try new things and also sit quietly reflecting on the infinite realm of possibilities; appreciating my past, potential for the future and that all of it may exist simultaneously in this moment. What I “do’ most is learn through the experience of being.

What brought you to SOWA?
As an organization SOWA combines three of my greatest passions of purpose. First, an unwavering commitment to improve the lives of young people and all future generations. Secondly, a focus on being a racial equity leader in this State. And lastly, I view SOWA as a model of a learning community. Each of these reasons are complicated and complex in practice and I am honored to have found an organization that is willing to battle through the challenges that are born from important and necessary change.

Tell us one thing you are proud of.
I am most proud to be a father. My daughter, Maya, is the greatest gift I have received. She constantly challenges me to be joyful, interested and FLEXIBLE. I am proud I can approach parenthood with the same perspective that I approach in youth development work. Always be open to try something new, learn from your mistakes and create an environment where youth voice is honored.

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