Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI)

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SPOKANE COUNTY UNITED WAY BRINGS BEST PRACTICES TO YOUTH PROGRAMMING WITH THE YOUTH PROGRAM QUALITY INITIATIVE (YPQI), PART OF THE SPARKWIND MOVEMENT. 

Students participating in high quality after school programs went to school more, behaved better, received better grades and performed better on tests than youth not participating in quality programming.

Our Goal

We invest in high quality after school programs to help children and youth succeed in school and in life.  These efforts align with our education work to reduce the educational achievement gap by providing access to quality programming for all youth in our community.  

Our Strategy

As the hub organization for the YPQI process in Spokane County, we select new participants and support the local learning community.  We provide coaching, training, and access to research-validated and field-tested tools and resources for local programs with support from The Raikes Foundation and School's Out Washington for continuous improvement practices.  The work of YPQI is part of a statewide effort known as Sparkwind Movement.  This effort aims to broaden the definition of learning beyond the school day and ensure that all young people have equitable access to quality Expanded Learning Opportunities.  The Sparkwind Movement looks to provide equal opportunity for youth across Washington state to build lifelong skills, improve academic performance and discover individual passions.  

Participating Community Programs

Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County

Camp Fire Inland Northwest

Communities in Schools

Crosswalk (Volunteers of America)

Daybreak Youth Services

East Central Community Center

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

Gonzaga Center for Community Action and Student Learning (CCASL)

 

Liberty Park Kids

Neighborhood Networks (Emmanuel Family Life Center)

Next Generation Zone

Northeast Youth Center

Odyssey Youth Movement

YMCA of the Inland Northwest

 

Additional Information

Spokane County United Way collaborates with School's Out Washington and the Raikes Foundation for this effort.

YPQI Informational Flyer

Sparkwind Movement Informational Brochure

For program inquiries or involvement opportunities please contact Angelique Rusk, Community Impact Manager for YPQI.