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.
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.
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.