November 15, 2017
By Katie Hong
Director, Youth Homelessness

We’re excited to announce the release of Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, a groundbreaking study national study on youth homelessness.

The report, part of Voices of Youth Count, an initiative of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, confirms that youth homelessness is a pervasive challenge across the country, affecting young people in the biggest cities, smallest towns, and everywhere in between. Missed Opportunities reveals that one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, and at least one in 30 adolescents between the age of 13 and 17 experience some form of homelessness over the course of a year.

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October 27, 2017
By Dina Blum
Program Officer, Education

No two college experiences are alike. But there’s also diversity in how students get to college, and how their arrival affects their experiences on campus.

Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a groundbreaking study showing how part-time and transfer students are progressing toward graduation. Historically, the federal government has only compiled data on graduation rates for “traditional” students who enroll in college immediately after high school, ignoring the experiences of wide swaths of the college population. This is the first time the government has collected data on “non-traditional” students who don’t fit the first-time, full-time mold.

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October 19, 2017
By Erin Kahn
Executive Director, Raikes Foundation

A few weeks ago, I designed and moderated a panel at the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference titled, “Philanthropy, Community & the Free Press: How and Why We Support Local Journalism.” Investing in journalism is an important part of the Raikes Foundation’s toolkit, and my goal was to bring light to how philanthropy can fund journalism to both expose and address social problems, as well as elevate underrepresented voices.

Our goal at the Raikes Foundation is the break down the barriers that hold young people back from success, and build up the environments where they learn and grow. But understanding how systems impact young people, such as the education system, child welfare, juvenile justice, as well as how young people experience them, can be difficult for even the most well-versed experts to absorb. 

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October 10, 2017
By Juliet Taylor
Program Officer, Raikes Foundation

New results from the state’s Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Quality Initiative, co-funded by the Raikes Foundation, show that our state is on the right path to creating a first-in-the-nation quality expanded learning system for K-12 students.

Working with 50 expanded learning programs across King, Pierce, Spokane, and Walla Walla counties, the initiative demonstrated that when we support afterschool and summer learning programs with the right resources and training, they can deliver high-quality, transformative programming to young people.

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