The Department of Community and Human Services is hiring a Peer Connector responsible for outreach efforts that connect youth and young adults with re-engagement programs throughout King County. Peer Connectors serve as a bridge between youth and the programs, services, and pathways designed to reconnect them to education and employment. The Peer Connectors act as…
On a regular Sunday evening last March, something remarkable happened: Michael Joy made plans with a friend. It’s the kind of thing most teens do: while playing a board game, they exchanged phone numbers and made plans to play a video game together. For Michael Joy, it was a big moment: “That hasn’t happened in…
This month we saw youth from across our Best Starts for Kids community coming together to celebrate Black History Month and raise their voices to be heard over the politics of adults. Check out these photo galleries for highlights from a few of our partners’ Black History Month celebrations.
As kids head back to school this month, we want to make sure parents and caregivers have the information they need to talk to their kids about vaping.
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.
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, in partnership with School’s Out Washington, today announced new investments to create more opportunities for children and young people to flourish outside of the school day. The new investment will expand access to quality before, after school, weekend, and summer learning and enrichment opportunities for elementary and middle school students.
Best Starts for Kids today launched new investments that will provide young people with the opportunities and tools they need to weather challenges during adolescence and be ready to flourish as adults.