As part of our youth leadership blog series, Best Starts is bringing you a reflection from Isaac Sotelo–a Kentwood High School senior and student leader with our partner Institute for Community Leadership. Isaac marched alongside civil rights leaders and members of Congress at the 2018 Faith and Politics Institute Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Isaac met with organizers who directly participated in major events that helped create the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as they visited historic sites from the Civil Rights Movement. In his own words, Isaac inspires us with what he learned.
How do we get out of the way and let youth lead? We found inspiration in the source of life’s most important lessons: Harry Potter.
In the aftermath of such tragic loss in Parkland last week, we are witnessing our youth teach us how to be leaders—we need to watch and learn. We are witnessing our youth organize—we need to join them. We are witnessing our youth raise their voices to be heard over the politics of adults—we need to amplify it.
Save the date for the second Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices funding opportunity, scheduled to release on February 9. In the mean-time read (or re-read!) this post featuring two local educators doing great work to transform school culture and climate.
Best Starts for Kids is partnering to expand services at 15 existing school-based health centers to meet emerging needs for mental health care, substance use prevention, and health care services. We’re thrilled to announce new awards to 7 community-based service providers to make medical staff more available to students, coordinate care with school staff and parents, and add needed services like substance use screening and treatment.
Best Starts for Kids today launched new investments to increase community-based supports to link youth and young adults to education, job training, mentoring, and other crucial resources and opportunities, focusing on culturally relevant programs that connect youth to their communities and build a strong sense of self.
Best Starts for Kids is excited to announce our partnership with the University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. As the awardee of the Best Starts Adolescent Immunization Learning Collaborative RFP, the University of Washington will work with the Public Health Seattle & King County Immunization Program to establish a learning collaborative aimed at increasing vaccination coverage rates for adolescents and teens, protecting them and others from serious infectious diseases. The project will seek to identify and address disparities in coverage while promoting the overall uptake in King County youth vaccination rates.
For those interested in the Behavioral Health Services for Youth Re-engagement Sites RFP, and were unable to join our info session in person, you can view the recording of the info session here.
This school year may be winding down, but our efforts to give children and young people the opportunities they need to be happy, healthy, and thriving are just getting started. We’re proud to announce our partnership with School’s Out Washington (SOWA) to create more opportunities for children and young people to flourish outside of the school day.
Today King County Executive Dow Constantine joined partners from schools and community-based organizations at Seattle Children’s PlayGarden to announce new investments from Best Starts for Kids that will build healthier, safer schools and neighborhoods. The announcement included $2 million to set up the three new school-based health centers, and $1.7 million in funding to 17 organizations who will partner…