Before, during, and after school programs give students experiences that can help prepare them for life after high school. Our School Outreach Coordinators work together to find and create programs that combine education with fun, hands-on experiences. These programs are particularly valuable to students whose families don’t have access to resources or cannot afford extracurricular programs available in the community.
Each year, our School Outreach Coordinators plan relevant field trips to provide additional career exploration, experiential learning, and leadership opportunities, as well as opportunities to connect with cultural, gender, and racial identity, for their students who wouldn’t typically be afforded the opportunity.
- Expect More Become More Conference: Expect More, Become More (EMBM) is a male student of color conference, at the University of Washington, that celebrates the futures of young men in grades 6th to 11th by addressing their educational barriers and networking these students with professionals who were once boys like them. The goal of the conference is to encourage these young men to require more out of themselves and aspire to become more than the generation before.
- YELL (Young Educated Ladies Leading) Summit: YELL is a young women of color conference, at Highline College, with the mission to empower and motivate our young women of color to excel in academics and to accept nothing less than excellence from themselves. Students learn to highlight their achievements in spite of the obstacles and barriers that they face.
- Black and Brown Summit: Young men of color conference, at Highline College, with the mission to empower and motivate our Black and Brown young men to excel in academics and to accept nothing less than excellence from self.
- Polynesian Day: “Poly Day”, at the University of Washington, is a celebration of the Polynesian culture that showcases authentic Polynesian and Pacific Islander music, dance and regalia from the islands. Students participate in workshops featuring keynote speakers that cover the university admissions process and Polynesian history. The event aims to voice the presence of a lively and active Pacific Islander community on campus and motivate younger generations of Pacific Islanders to pursue higher education at the UW.
- First Time Fliers: Museum of Flight’s First Time Fliers provides introductory, 15-minute rides in small aircraft to girls ages 8-17 to promote interest aviation, space, and STEM professions.
- Expanding Your Horizons: EYH conferences are half-day seminars held separately for middle school and high school girls at Bellevue College featuring a choice of three hands-on workshops presented by women who have careers in areas based on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Our School Outreach Coordinators identify gaps in student opportunities and use their unique skills and talents to run/coordinate student groups and clubs at their schools, to provide students with enriching activities that help keep them engaged in school.
- Girls Group: Girl empowerment groups, ran by School Outreach Coordinators at Sacajawea, Sequoyah, Saghalie, and Illahee Middle Schools, and Thomas Jefferson and Federal Way High School, use a strengths-based approach to reduce relational aggression among girls, build self-efficacy, gain critical awareness, learn leadership skills, build self-confidence, and strengthen communication and relationship building skills.
- Lunch Bunch: Lunch Bunch is a friendship group and/or academic focused lunchtime group ran by School Outreach Coordinators at Federal Way and Thomas Jefferson High Schools. During lunch, students come to meet new people, play games, work on academics, and learn about each other. The Lunch Bunch groups either work to identify students who may have trouble finding their place in the school, and welcomes them into their safe space to be themselves and grow new friendships, or are focused on building academic skills and completing school work.
- Pacific Islander Club: The School Outreach Coordinators at Illahee and Sacajawea Middle Schools, and Thomas Jefferson High School oversee the Pacific Islander Clubs at their schools. The clubs explore Pacific Island history, foods and culture, and prepare traditional dances and songs of Island culture to be able to showcase during events throughout the year.
- Gay-Straight Alliance: The School Outreach Coordinators at Totem and Kilo Middle Schools oversee the GSA at their schools. GSA is a student-run club which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.
- Tabletop Transformations: The School Outreach Coordinator at Totem Middle School runs an after-school Dungeons & Dragons club. Students play the game, and at the same time are developing positive social skills, and practicing and enhancing their academic and inquiry skills.
- Top Chef Club: The School Outreach Coordinator at Totem Middle School runs the Top Chef Club after school, for students to learn and practice culinary skills. Students also have opportunities to compete against each other in various cooking challenges, such as “Cupcake Wars” and have their culinary masterpieces judged.
- Boys Legacy Group: The School Outreach Coordinator at Saghalie Middle School runs the Boys Legacy Group, which provides a safe environment for the young men to discuss some of the most common issues and challenges that school presents. Some of the topics of discussion are: age-appropriate social behavior, problem solving, self-esteem and impulse control. Group members build their leadership skills while learning ways to effectively deal with these issues in healthy and productive ways.
- Green Team: The School Outreach Coordinator at Sacajawea Middle School coordinates the Green Team, which is a group out students dedicated to expanding the waste reduction efforts within their school. Students help recycling paper, beverage containers, and other materials, composting food scraps and food-soiled paper, and promoting waste-free lunches and reduced consumption of paper.
School Outreach Coordinators find opportunities for student groups to participate in service learning which integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen their community.
- Illahee Pacific Islander Club: The Pacific Islander Club at Illahee Middle School is focused on completing community service projects. The PI Club dedicates two meetings per month to the service of others. Projects have included helping to create welcome packets of school supplies for any new students in need, and sorting and organizing the community clothing closet.
- Sequoyah Girls Group: The Girls Group at Sequoyah Middle School puts together care packages for homeless shelters during the winter and holiday months.
- GSA: GSA members from Kilo and Totem participate in the annual Capital Hill Clean Sweep as a part of Pride Month. Students volunteer to pick up trash to make the streets sparkle!
- Green Team: The Green Team at Sacajawea Middle School volunteers their time to strengthen their schools waste reduction efforts, and teaches what they learn about recycling and composting in the group to the rest of their peers at the school.