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Youth Development for Education Results Work Group

We know that schools cannot accomplish the important work of educating young people on their own. Our work group brings school and district leaders together with leaders of community organizations that provide academic, physical, social, and emotional support to students ages 5 to young adult in the Road Map region. Our focus is on developing and promoting policies and practices that support the whole child: strong partnerships, expanded access to after-school and summer learning opportunities, and increased attention to the social and emotional skills needed by both young people and adults. Our action plan goals include:


Priority Strategies:

  • Shared Leadership and Commitment to Partnerships: Create the conditions for shared leadership between schools and community organizations to improve student success.
  • Partnership Tool-Kit: Build a toolkit of practical, accessible resources to help schools and youth-serving organizations initiate and cultivate partnerships to serve more kids in effective programs.
  • Data Sharing: Develop the technology, policies, and practitioner-level tools and training to help partners use student and program data to inform student-level interventions and supports. We are working to closely with the PSESD on the Student Success Link data portal. For more information, see https://www.psesd.org/services/learning-and-teaching/student-success-link/.

Goal 2: ADVANCE EFFORTS TO MEASURE and IMPROVE STUDENT SUCCESS SKILLS and DISPOSITIONS (i.e. Engagement, Motivation, Social-Emotional, Non-Cognitive Skills)

Priority Strategy:

  • Shift adult practices to increase student success skills including youth engagement, motivation, and social emotional learning by supporting professional development, elevating promising practices and using student perception data (where possible) to inform decision making.


Priority Strategies:

  • Funding and Public Will: Identify and create consistent, stable funding streams for afterschool and expanded learning opportunities including public commitment to afterschool and expanded learning opportunities.
  • High-Quality Programs: Support the adoption of the Statewide Youth Program Quality standards and provide professional development and other capacity-building supports for organizations of all sizes to be able to meet standards.
  • Focus on Summer: Ensure more young people (Pre-K through High School) have the supports they need to be healthy, safe and actively engaged in the summer time and prevent summer learning loss.


Elizabeth Whitford, Arts Corps
Denise Daniels, Auburn School District
Lew Keliher, Auburn School District
Shomari Jones, Bellevue School District
Jolynn Kenney, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Louis Garcia, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Evan McKitrick, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Jane Ronngren, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Nicole Yohalem, Community Center for Education Results
Shelby Cooley, Community Center for Education Results
Kirsten Avery, Community Center for Education Results
Alessandra Pollock, Community Center for Education Results
Tracy Oster, Communities In Schools – Federal Way
Sue Paro, Communities In Schools – Renton
Lori Guilfoyle, City of Kent
Jennifer Alsawadi, City of Seattle
Kacey Guin, City of Seattle – Department of Education and Early Learning
Long Phan, City of Seattle – Department of Education and Early Learning
Tiffany Washington, City of Seattle Human Services Department
Pat Wells, City of Seattle Human Services Department
Carmela Dellino, City of Seattle, SPS
Jennifer Moore, College Access Now
Jody Rosentswieg, Current Strategies Consultant
Trise Moore, Federal Way Public Schools
Ken Thompson, Gates Foundation
Marni Campbell, Highline Public Schools
Nikki Fogerty, Highline Public Schools
Kisa Hendrickson, Highline Public Schools
Kyla Lackie, Highline Public Schools
Daxa Thomas, Kent School District
Mike Heinisch, Kent Youth & Family Services
Cara Inani, King County Housing Authority
Jenn Ramirez Robson, King County Housing Authority
Ted Dezember, King County Housing Authority
Matt Harris, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Matthew Gulbranson, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Dolores Haugen, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Juliet Taylor, Raikes Foundation
Jeanne Chowning, Rainier Scholars
Morgan Wells, Renton Area Youth Services
Rich Brooks, Renton Area Youth Services
Lisa Fabatz, Renton Housing Authority
Brian Goddard, Renton School District
Jessica Reynolds, Renton School District
David Beard, Schools Out Washington
Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth, Schools Out Washington
Courtney Cameron, Seattle Housing Authority
Chance Hunt, Seattle Public Library
Nicole Turner, Seattle Public Schools
Rivka Burnstein-Sterns, Seattle Public Schools
Eric Anderson, Seattle Public Schools
Carri Campbell, Seattle Public Schools
Lois Brewer, Seattle Public Schools – Cleveland High School
Sally Haber, Seattle University
Sarah Butcher, SEL for WA
Karen Terrado, SOAR
Hamdi Abdulle, Somali Youth and Family Club
Anne Powell, Spark Consulting
Megan McJennett, Southwest Youth & Family Services
Lynda Hall, Treehouse
Kevin Haggerty, University of Washington Social Development Research Group
Todd Herrenkohl, University of Washington School of Social Work / 3DL Partnership
Janet Heubach, Washington State Mentors
Andrea Lopez-Diaz, Youth Development Executives of King County
Jessica Werner, Youth Development Executives of King County
Sarah Terry, Youth Development Executives of King County
Erica Mullen, YMCA of Greater Seattle
Lori Markowitz, Youth Ambassadors


Jessica Werner, Youth Development Executives of King County
Contact: jwerner@ydekc.org