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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September 22, 2017
By Zoë Stemm-Calderon
Director, Education

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C. to join educators, school administrators and youth advocates to discuss how policy, research, and philanthropy each play a role in advancing the science behind social and emotional learning.

During the event, hosted by the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, a key question emerged: “How can researchers and philanthropists do more to help education leaders use what we know about learning and development?”

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September 5, 2017

Seattle is home to thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of whom are children who came to this country with their parents. These are the children and young adults – the DREAMers – learning in our schools, contributing in our communities, each believing in the promise of America. The United States is the only home many of these young people have ever known.

President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is a decision to play politics with people’s lives—it is as cruel as it is unjust. Our communities, and particularly schools, are already feeling the effects of rising anti-immigrant rhetoric. Students are living with constant, intense fear that their families will be deported and reports of harassment and bullying of immigrant students have increased. This decision will do nothing but further alienate immigrant communities.

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