Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund

Program Spotlights

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November 16, 2020

Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County-Brewster Unit—Virtual Learning Labs

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” BGCSC was formed in 1946 and currently operates 26 clubs that serve over 29,000 youth in Snohomish, Island, Kitsap and Okanogan Counties in Washington—as well as on tribal land in Washington and Oregon. The award from the Relief Fund will support their programs at the Brewster Boys & Girls Club in Okanogan County. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virtual Learning Labs were established at the Brewster Boys & Girls Club. This program is designed to help all kids access the internet and participate in distance learning. Club staff help youth manage online schedules, assist with school work, and ensure that kids are engaged. The Club provides WIFI, headphones, space, adult help, and access to Chromebooks. Staff work directly with the school district to make sure that kids are on track and keeping up with assignments. 

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November 16, 2020

Northeast Youth and Family Services (NEYFS)—Parkview Enrichment Program

Northeast Youth and Family Services (NEYFS) is “committed to empowering two generations by providing access and support to children and their families in North East Spokane.” NEYFS approaches their work through a racial equity lens for and by the community.  Families gain skills essential to raising healthy children while maintaining their own physical, mental, and social health. All receive appropriate assistance to access various programs, strengthening their ability to thrive and connect with their community.

NEYFS hosts the Parkview Enrichment Program which serves youth, ages 5-13. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what started as a summer and out-of-school program is now a full-time care and virtual learning program. The Parkview Enrichment Program offers a full curriculum that is growing to include more STEM, arts, and physical health components. 

NEFYS exemplifies how organizations are quickly adapting their programs for the benefit of the community during this crisis. 

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November 16, 2020

The Hawk Foundation for Research and Education in African Culture—The Wisdom of the Drum

“The Hawk Foundation for Research and Education in African Culture dedicates itself to the promotion of education, holistic health, and trauma healing in the African American community. Based in Olympia, their services include educational seminars, lectures, and workshops promoting culturally competent forms of education.” — Hawk Foundation mission statement

In light of this year’s Black Lives Matter protests and the recognition of systemic racism, the Hawk Foundation rallied to elevate their mission and offer expanded programming. The Wisdom of the Drum brings youth together alongside their families to learn more about African drumming, African American history, and multicultural arts. This program’s diverse group of trained educators facilitate free online classes in partnership with multiple county library systems. 

The impact of this program is not only to offer a creative outlet for youth during a pandemic, but also a direct connection to community and culture.

$9.4 million awarded to 421 youth development organizations across Washington state.

The Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund was made possible by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and was led by  School’s Out Washington working closely with the WashingtonState Department of Commerce. This one-time investment addresses the financial and programmatic challenges that have come with COVID-19—acknowledging that lost revenue combined with increased expenses to adhere to new safety measures, leave many organizations at risk of closing their programs or sites.