WAPI Community Services: Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time Grantee Profile
SOWA is excited to work with the many amazing organizations funded through the King County Best Starts for Kids Out-of-School Time (BSK OST) investment! These organizations, funded either as stand alone People of Color-Led organizations or Place-Based Partnerships, are all working hard to maximize their positive impact on King County youth.
Learn more about WAPI Community Services, funded as part of a People of Color-Led Organization grant.
WAPI COMMUNITY SERVICES
WAPI Community Services serves “Asian Pacific Islander Youth and all Youth of Color, ages 10-20, in the greater Seattle area. Their goal is to help youth deal with substance abuse/dependency issues and to provide youth with healthy alternatives to substance use. They provide services that meet the cultural needs and expectations of the community they serve.” WAPI runs music and arts programming for at-risk students which weave in pregnancy prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, suicide prevention, and programming for commercially sexually exploited children. Their model includes “alternative therapies” such as urban arts graffiti and music production, which provides youth access to professional recording studios and producer mentorship 5 days a week. The BSK OST investment has allowed WAPI to hire additional teaching artists to support the expansion of these services.