Below is a list of local school-age children and youth related coalitions that SOAR supports. Please contact them directly to get involved. 

GO-K

A group of Eastside youth programs including Ground Zero (Bellevue Teen Center), Old Redmond Firehouse (Redmond Teen Center) and K-TUB (Kirkland Teen Center). Contact: rshmait@redmond.gov

Employment Action Resource Network (EARN)

EARN is a collaboration between employment training agencies, young adults, and employers with a need for entry-level workers. Our mission is to help youth and young adults successfully enter the workforce by advancing the skills of young people, employers and employment professionals through the sharing of resources, best practices and advocacy. The EARN group meets every third Wednesdays to plan for upcoming events, as well as share resources and networking opportunities. New members are welcome. Contact us at earngroup09@gmail.com.

Healthy King County Coalition

Monthly meetings open to all providers and agencies who address health, including youth programs. Contact: Healthykingcounty@cschc.org

King County Food & Fitness Initiative

The mission of the King County Food & Fitness Initiative is to foster collaborative leadership among diverse community partners to co-create long-term, innovative strategies to realize our vision of equitable access to resources and choices that promote health. To achieve our goals, we actively engage with communities and youth in planning, decision making, and fun activities. Contact: Maggie Anderson, maggie.anderson@kingcounty.gov 

King County Youth Development Network

SOAR is a community collaborative focused on connecting, convening and catalyzing communities around common goals and strategies to ensure that King County’s children and youth succeed in school and life.  Monthly meetings include action planning time, networking and large group discussion on matters relevant to SOAR youth coalition teams, including the KCYDN website and networking events. KCYDN is a resource developed by and for youth development workers. The project is implemented by local youth development workers and supported by SOAR staff. KCYDN’s robust website provides an online space for youth development workers to network, learn from each other, collaborate, and share resources, and works in concert with a wide variety of in-person professional development and networking opportunities for youth workers including monthly forums, workshops, and specialized trainings. Details available here. Join get involved, contact: kcydn@childrenandyouth.org

Northwest Girls Coalition

The mission of the Northwest Girls Coalition is to strengthen the girl-serving community by fostering education and collaboration in the Puget Sound region.  Our vision is to ensure a healthy, supportive environment for all girls to reach their full potential.  We provide a variety of networking and professional development opportunities.  Please visit the website for upcoming meeting dates.  Contact:info@nwgirlscoalition.orgwww.nwgirlscoalition.org

Queer Youth Network

The Queer Youth Network QYN (Queen!) Gathering is an informal space for many in the queer youth community – youth leaders, service providers, community organizers that center their work on queer young people – to get together, get to know each other and have a facilitated discussion around our work as a community. Quarterly meeting topics include: centering youth in youth services, improving support and access in programming, and resource needs/resources to share. Contact: Hatlo jessicah@llaa.org

Rainier Vista Service Providers

Rainier Vista Service Providers is a group of providers who meet monthly in South Seattle to share updates and network. Contact: http://rvserviceproviders.blogspot.com/

Renton Area Nonprofits Unite (RANU)

RANU is sponsored by the Renton Chamber of Commerce and is open to all who are working in Renton to make a better community. There’s a place in RANU for charities, churches, service clubs, PTAs, government agencies, businesses who give back. And there’s a place in RANU for staff, volunteers, and board members. Contact: rentonnonprofits.ning.com

Road Map Project

The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off of the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside school. The Road Map Project has many volunteer work groups and committees that help steer the direction of the Project. The groups have different areas of focus, but are responsible for identifying the actions that must be pursued to reach our goal. Those serving on the work groups are familiar with the area of focus and work across sectors. http://www.roadmapproject.org/collective-action/project-hub/

Seattle Tutoring Coalition

The Seattle Tutoring Coalition provides free monthly professional development for tutoring/mentoring program managers. The Seattle Tutoring Coalition also provides the All-City Tutor Training several times a year.  This is a free, comprehensive tutor training to anybody who is currently or is interested in becoming a tutor. Contact: seattletutoringcoalition@gmail.com or 253.815.3066 for more information or to sign up.

Service Learning Seattle

Service Learning Seattle is a partnership between staff from Seattle Public Schools, community based organizations, teachers and students dedicated to the long-term sustainability of effective service learning practices in Seattle and the region.  SLS sponsors an annual Service Learning Symposium in February for teachers and providers each year, provides leadership to service learning initiatives in a number of Seattle Public Schools, and hosts other activities as needed.  Contact:  Lois Brewer to join the listserv: 206.252.7874, lbrewer@seattleschools.org

Seattle Teaching Artist Network (STAN)

This is a local learning community for Seattle-area teaching artists of all backgrounds (from aspiring to experienced), across genres, in and out of school, and other settings. We share information about research, quality work and job openings, host monthly networking events, professional development opportunities, and provide a centralized forum for conversation, debate, and collegiality. This group is also for arts education, youth development, and community administrators who work with and support teaching artists. Socials are held monthly.  Locations shift as these networking, pro development and community events are hosted by a different supporting organization each time. Contact: Rebecca Hoogs (rhoogs@lectures.org) or Tina LaPadula (tina.lapadula@artscorps.org)

South King Council of Human Services

SKCHS is a membership organization consisting of nonprofit agencies, community leaders and concerned citizens who work to support one another cooperatively in building a strong safety net of health, housing and human services in South County. Our members collaborate on important projects and coordinate strategies for addressing racism and poverty in our area. SKCHS hosts monthly meetings where our members and allies teach each other about emerging issues. We also provide technical support to agencies through our Capacity Building Project and we bring the human services community together for annual events and awards. Most of all, we are committed to making sure that there are effective and efficient services available to people in need within our communities. http://skchs.org/

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC)

The Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) is a collaboration of community based organizations, community activists, and other stakeholders working to improve schools in Southeast Seattle. Our mission is to rally communities of color and allies to improve Southeast Seattle Schools so that all students succeed and all families are empowered. Our member organizations provide after school and other enrichment activities to communities of color in Southeast Seattle, and interact regularly with local schools. We believe that in order for schools to succeed, all stakeholders—CBOs, principals, teachers, the District, parents, students, and neighbors—must work together. Contact: allfivesinfive@gmail.com

Washington Afterschool Network

The Washington Afterschool Network (WAN) is a formal statewide collaboration which serves as the action arm for School’s Out Washington and is designed to improve the quantity and quality of afterschool programs in Washington. School’s Out partners in this effort with 16 other agencies that represent a diverse array of systems and organizations providing afterschool and youth development (AYD) services in Washington. To find out more about the Washington Afterschool Network, please contact the Network Director, Janet Frieling at frieling@schoolsoutwashington.org, 206.323.2396 or 888.419.9300 (in Washington State).

Youth Development Executives of King County

The Youth Development Executives of King County is a group of Executive Directors, CEOs and other key leaders of non-profit organizations directly serving youth ages five through young adulthood within King County coming together to build and organize the youth development field in King County. Contact: jwerner@youthdevelopmentexecs.org

 

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