This list was updated regularly from March-September 2020, and it includes many resources (relevant to the ongoing COVID-19 situation), which YDEKC had shared in our newsletters.
This list will remain posted for posterity, but please sign up for our newsletters for the most up-to-date information on current events and the youth development field.
We also have a hub for SEL & Wellness Resources!
(Updated September 1, 2020)
| COVID-19 Response Calls | Funding Resources | Collections & Guides |
| School District Resources | Young Adult Resources | PPE, Testing, Childcare, Technology | Meeting Basic Needs |
| Nonprofit Organization Resources | Government Sources of Information | Call Centers |
Please join our mailing list.
Join for regular calls for the latest updates on COVID response:
- NEW! 8/18: King County Alliance for Human Services has monthly advocacy meetings and you’re invited! You can join an advocacy team and help advocate to increase human services funding in cities throughout King County, or find out more about KCAHS here.
- Partners in Change is a coalition of POC-led, POC-serving, community-based organizations and community leaders across King County and Washington State. They work to build racial and social justice in the county and state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as long-term equity infrastructure, bubbling up the voices and needs of our communities to decision-makers. Please email Program Director Sameth Mell for more details on weekly calls on Advocacy, Frontline needs, Governor’s Office, and more.
- Wednesdays, 3:30 PM: The King County Play Equity Coalition is building advocacy messages and strategies to advocate to school districts and parks departments so that budget cuts and policy choices do not exacerbate existing inequities in access to physical activity and opportunities to play. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the list.
- YDEKC Member Executive Leader informal support calls, bi-weekly on every-other Thursday morning, 9:15 – 10:00 AM, email email@example.com to be added to the Outlook calendar with call in information.
- Weekly SOWA COVID Response Webinar – join SOWA each Wednesday 10 – 10:45 am as they discuss urgent issues and hear from experts in the field.
- Weekly Statewide COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Stakeholder Calls – join this Zoom call between Housing Alliance and Dept of Commerce on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
- MENTOR Washington is holding weekly discussions on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM. If you would like to share your experience on a given topic, please email Victor Amabile.
Funding Resources for Programs & Organizations:
- *New 7/21: School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is calling on all school-age childcare and youth development programs in Washington state to fill out this brief questionnaire to help them understand your summer and fall programming plans, needs, and challenges.
- New 7/21: Public Health – Seattle & King County has added behavioral health information to its data tools examining the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts on social, economic, and overall health in King County. This new data dashboard examines behavioral health indicators that measure requests for suicide-related crisis services (including calls to crisis centers or 9-1-1) throughout the pandemic.
- Take Action Now! As PPP loans and various emergency COVID relief funds came through this spring, most of our member organizations were able to stabilize a bit, but now we enter budget season for the next few months where the financial impacts of COVID-19 are beginning to become more clear as well, as the state budget forecast “with a $9 billion loss in state-government revenue over the next three years coming down the pike” and general funds decreasing at every jurisdiction, we must ensure that children, youth and families are supported in the recovery.
- City of Seattle: The Payroll Expense Tax and Spending Plan, aka Jump Start Seattle, passed by 7-2 at Seattle City Council yesterday. To understand the spending plan and how the tax will work on employees earning $150K and higher, see this presentation.
- Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits has shared a list of highlights from the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. As you navigate loan forgiveness, this a helpful list to refer to.
- The Rapid Resource Fund: This fund invests in short-term opportunities that have the potential to spark or contribute toward system-level change in service of Road Map Project goals.
- The Washington State Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for the first round of a new competitive Child Care Partnership grant program. Funding will support grants up to $100,000 each for collaborative efforts that expand child care capacity in communities throughout the state.
- PPP Flexibility Bill Approved: Senate passed increased flexibility for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, including extending the period you can spend it (from 8 weeks to 24 weeks) and decreasing the amount that has to be spent on personnel expenses (from 75% to 60%). This should make it easier for folks to spend it without having to ask funders to allow their organization to carry over grant funding.
- In mid-May, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application. Check out this bulletin from the SBA for more information and to download the application. If you’d like more information, Washington Nonprofits and Communities Rise partnered to make this webinar on PPP loan forgiveness rules.
- King County has been awarded $1.9M in federal funds under Phases 37 and Phase CARES of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The money is to be used to supplement existing emergency food and shelter programs in King County. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Rolling Deadline: Washington State Student & Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund – Organizations may apply for grants between $5,000 and $20,000; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis pending funding availability.
- Resource hub from Philanthropy Northwest for COVID-19 Response
- US Small Business Administration – Federal COVID response loan and funding options including Payroll Protection Program
- Resilient Fundraising Strategies and Alternatives to Meeting in Person from Washington Nonprofits
Resource Collections & Guides:
- King County COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources list includes information for communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul.
- School’s Out Washington (SOWA) COVID Response Page – features easy-to-find resources, links to SOWA’s past and upcoming webinars, rapid response funding opportunities, and much more
- Every Hour Counts COVID-19 Resources Guide shares how philanthropy is ensuring nonprofits have the resources they need to support young people and families.
- The Denver Afterschool Alliance has shared a comprehensive COVID-19 Summer Planning Toolkit, which is a great resource for program providers — wherever you are located. It includes this editable checklist for summer considerations.
School District Resources:
- NEW! 8/18: Just released! Washington State Partnership Guide: to support the critical need for strong partnerships to ensure young people can be supported holistically across the full day, please check out this new partnership guide!
- NEW! 8/18: YDEKC’s School-Community Partnership Toolkit has tons of tools to help you support building a strong partnership. Check out this blog post on creating a sense of belonging for your staff and community partners – while the virtual environment is new and different, we all still need to focus on our own relationships so we can better serve our kids.
- NEW! 8/18: Our friends at Partnership for Children and Youth in Oakland highlight how essential partnerships with expanded learning providers are at this time No Longer Optional: Why and How Expanded Learning Partnerships are Essential to Achieving Equity in School Reopening and Recovery.
- And read their blog Partnering with Expanded Learning to Center Equity in School Reopening Plans, outlining four critical steps schools can take to ensure that children can thrive during and beyond this challenging time.
- Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide — Issued mid-June, this official guidance by OSPI, as led by the Reopening Washington Schools 2020-2021 Workgroup, offers guidance for having a safe, transformative, and in-person (in some format — see page 30) school year. Note: there is very little guidance for how community-based organizations can or should partner with school districts for reopening — an area we will be focusing in on this summer.
- The updated Washington State Department of Health guidance is now available on child care, expanded learning, youth development, and summer day camps. It is critical that providers read and understand the full guidance. Overall, keeping kids and staff safe is the top priority along with providing time for kids to be in supportive spaces to learn and grow this summer. Check out this Best Starts for Kids blog post for more key takeaways.
- The WORK NOW Act (Work Opportunities and Resources to Keep Nonprofit Organizations Well) would authorize a major new grant program to help nonprofit organizations and unemployed Americans. Please contact Congress and share how local programs are helping children and families during these challenging times.
- In response to uncertain times, CASEL has released this new brief: An Initial Guide to Leveraging the Power of SEL as You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community. School leaders can take action now using this guide to co-create supportive learning environments where all students and adults can enhance their social and emotional competencies, feel a sense of belonging, heal, and thrive.
- Auburn School District Coronavirus resources – includes resources for food and financial assistance, childcare services and housing services.
- Federal Way Public Schools – includes information on meals for students and other updates.
- Highline Public Schools Coronavirus page – includes meals for students, distance learning support (including devices and free internet), healthcare support and more.
- Kent School District – includes information on meals for students, online learning support, childcare and more
- Renton School District COVID-19 services – includes information on meals for students, learning resources, and all communications to families. Renton Innovation Zone Partnership has a COVID-19 resources page for Renton communities including health, educational, internet, food and other needs, available in Vietnamese, Spanish, Somali, Russian, Ukrainian, and Mandarin.
- Seattle Public Schools family resources – includes meals for students, child care, learning resources, internet access, mental health services and more. Seattle Public Schools’ Community Partnership department has created a Community Partner FAQ related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Subscribe to updates by emailing email@example.com.
- Tukwila School District COVID-19 Information and Resources – includes meals for students, distance learning plans, updates for families and more. Tuwkila Children’s Foundation – see resources for childcare, unemployment assistance, housing and other financial assistance.
Resources for Young Adults
- In late May, the Schultz Family Foundation hosted a COVID-19 and Youth Employment webinar that included some useful content focusing on employment for young adults including this Presentation by Rakesh Kochhar (Pew Research Center); Presentation by Joel Simon (Burning Glass Technologies); Full recording: COVID-19 and Youth Employment: Latest Economic Signals (password: 7c=#12%4)
- Legal Council for Youth and Children is now accepting referrals for their (free) Youth Homelessness Legal Services Program via phone or text (206-494-0323), email, and through their online referral form. They also have a page listing community COVID-19 resources for King County.
- COVID-19 Response Resources for youth, young adults, and families, updated by the Accelerator Resource Response team twice a week to verify that the resources/links are current and still active.
- PowerPoint made by the National Network for Youth and by SchoolHouse Connection – gives a good overview of the CARES Act with respect to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. This CARES Act breakdown prepared by the Accelerator YMCA includes detailed outlines of the bill’s impacts and guidance for accessing benefits.
Accessing Testing, PPE, Childcare, Technology Resources:
- NEW! 8/18: Please share this list of locations, which provide free COVID-19 testing, regardless of immigration or insurance status. For more information, this webpage explains how to register for free testing.
- Are you in need of face masks? Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has launched Seattle Protects, a new online marketplace to connect local manufacturers with organizations, businesses, nonprofits, community groups, and individuals in need of cloth face coverings. Seattle Protects is a new economic development and public health effort by the City to encourage local organizations in search of face coverings to purchase from Seattle-region midsize manufacturers and businesses that have pivoted to creating face coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center has expanded its operations to serve as the statewide child care response, resource and referral hub during the COVID-19 pandemic; call them at 1-800-446-1114
- King County Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers – $2.2 million in funds will provide child care, free of charge, for essential workers living in King County; the funding will pay for a slot at select child care providers across the county through at least June.
- Seattle Makers is taking Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) orders, and is providing PPE for free. Request PPE using their online form, and please considering donating to support their work.
- Washington state Lt. Governor’s office has partnered with the United Ways and Serve Washington to organize a statewide homemade mask-making initiative.
- The Volunteer Engagement Team at United Way of King County just launched a new resource to support the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) — specifically masks. If your King County program could use volunteer-made masks, here’s how you can make this request.
- Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder.
Meeting Basic Needs:
- Seattle’s Alliance for Education’s “Right Now Needs Fund” – for school communities to request funds that will directly support students
- Emergency Food Access Resources – King County Public Health has put together a page for residents with information about food access programs and services.
- Food Lifeline – find a food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood
- King County COVID-19 Financial Help – unemployment, workers’ compensation, and general financial help
- How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Washington State – flyer created by King County
- Grab & Go Meals for Students – King County’s list of meal locations for students up 18 years of age, organized by school district
- Free Meals for Youth and Teens – United Way of King County’s list of meal locations, organized by county
- Resources for Immigrants – OneAmerica’s list includes educational, unemployment, and well-being, plus much more
Nonprofit Organization Resources:
- NEW! 8/18: On August 7th, we wrapped up our virtual 3-day Whole Child, Whole Day Social Emotional Learning Symposium, with a morning key note from Sean Goode of Choose 180 where he taught us that “uncertain times are prime real estate for possibilities to be born.” We ended the day thinking about what our collective demands are for a more equitable and holistic ecosystem of supports for young people. Read our blog that serves as an open letter to share these demands.
- *New 8/4: School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is a recipient of the Million Girl Moonshot Grant, which has given them the opportunity to expand their resources for STEM programming across Washington state, focusing on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color), girls, and genderfluid/nonbinary youth. They need your help assessing the need for STEM PD in Washington. Fill out their provider survey for a chance to win a $50 digital gift card!
- New 7/21: Our partners at the Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning have put together a newsletter to support teachers, families, and children by helping to provide tools that may help them navigate through these troubled times.Also, as we shared last email, SPS has created a webpage dedicated to Black Lives Matter resources.
- New 7/21: Washington Nonprofits recently shared this newsletter, which is filled to the brim with useful links, including details on potential funding, school re-openings what it means for nonprofits, learning and community-building opportunities, and more.
- Crises as a Catalyst: A Call for Race Equity & Inclusive Leadership. Moments of heightened crisis provide an opportunity for transformation because the glaring racial disparities and structural inequities within our social systems and organizations can no longer be ignored. ProInspire has developed this reflective tool and guide for individuals and organizations.
- Summer of Learning resources for families and community based organizations are available through Seattle Public Schools, but open to all. Check out this cool virtual calendar to find day-by-day, grade level activities for your own kids, or the young people you are serving.
- Summer Program Toolkit — School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has launched this Slack Workspace to support Washington’s expanded learning providers in delivering high-quality youth programs in the wake of COVID-19. Providers can access and post resources, recommendations, and community supports to help guide them as they begin to navigate opening programming for summer and beyond. Toolkit channels focus on different aspects of youth programming, including physical health, emotional safety, management, and much more.
- Every Hour Counts hosted a virtual event on June 4, 2020 on the power of local intermediaries — Connections and Solutions: Local Intermediaries Leading the Charge for Afterschool. Nearly 300 after-school leaders came together to learn about topics including racial equity, partnerships between school districts and community organizations, re-imagining learning, and supporting providers and youth workers. Check out the Every Hour Counts E-blast for recordings from the event, along with resources highlighted during the conversation.
- Accessibility to (and enjoyment of) parks and outdoor space has taken on somewhat of a new meaning in the time of COVID-19. In King County Play Equity Coalition’s blog post, Re-imagining Outdoor Space During and After COVID-19, they look at the critical role of urban nature and how some regional policymakers are planning addressing this issue.
- Upower is distributing Play Kits to over 500 families weekly across King County in partnership with organizations including: Baden Sports, DiscNW, Rainier Athletes, NHL Seattle, Seattle Cascades, and Family First Community Center Foundation. The kits contain a piece of equipment for at home play and a flyer with activities and games to go with the equipment. If you/your organization would like to donate equipment (balls, chalk, frisbees, jump ropes, water balloons, etc.), please email Andrew Bloom.
- Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (CYBHWG) is seeking new members for several positions. Youth under age twenty-five that have received behavioral health services are invited to apply for these positions. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like more information!
- Although the Seattle region is one of the country’s leading technology hubs — a significant digital divide persists, particularly for low-income families. Read this Seattle Times article to understand more about these barriers and the efforts to address them: Disconnected in isolation: How the coronavirus pandemic sheds light on the digital divide.
- Please call your senators to support the Emergency Family Stabilization Act! This will create a new emergency funding stream to help community-based organizations meet the unique needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness — especially those in rural and tribal communities.
- This webinar, Superintendents from across Washington state on Racial Equity and Learning during COVID-19, has been made available by the League of Education Voters, and it outlines what we need now to support school districts in Washington state.
- Tools for building more equitable organizations: Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, a project of ProInspire
- From the Nonprofit Quarterly: A Letter to My White Male Friends of a Certain Age.
- Equity Matters’s Color Brave Space norms, which YDEKC licenses, may be useful for your boards or staff teams. Licensing fees are donated to POC led organizations.
- Here is a compilation of tools and information on Caucus and Affinity Groups from Racial Equity Tools.
- Vu Le of the NonprofitAF blog: Have Nonprofit and Philanthropy Become the “White Moderate” that Dr. King Warned Us About?
- 5 Lessons Learned from YDEKC’s Racial Equity Community of Practice, from YDEKC staffer Eddie Cleofe.
- For white folks especially working to become allies and eventually accomplices in anti-racist work: Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
- Just as social distancing and the end of the school year have left young people with more free time than ever, there has been an abrupt halt to the summer camps, sports leagues, and other leisure activities that once filled out of school time. “This leisure paradox begs the question of whether and how to engage youth in forms of leisure that intentionally contribute to their positive development.” The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has shared this list of actionable items to help your organization navigate these challenges.
- COVID-19 recovery presents an opportunity to fill critical gaps in knowledge about equipping schools to address trauma. Child Trends shared this message highlighting what we know, what we’re learning, and what we can do moving forward.
- Managing Nonprofit Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis – The Wallace Foundation’s blog highlights key considerations nonprofits should be taking at this time, including: 1) understanding your financial position in terms of net assets and liquidity; 2) identifying implications on revenue and expenses; and 3) managing your cash flow
- Washington Nonprofits – coronavirus response resources for nonprofits
- Washington State Community Action Partnership – includes supports for businesses, nonprofits, and direct service and employment support for clients
- Crisis Planning Checklist – key steps to help ensure adequate preparation and continuity of operations
- Business Resources for Washington State – a list with links to guidance on employment security, paid sick leave, and other resource
- Disaster Planning and Recovery – the Washington Small Business Development Center shares state and federal resources, preparedness tools
- Business Resiliency Toolkit – webinars, resource links, and more
Government Sources for Information:
- New 8/4: Watch Dr. Jeff Duchin of Seattle & King County Public Health speak with YDEKC’s Policy & Communications Coordinator Hikma Sherka about how COVID-19 spreads and what we can do to keep our friends and families healthy.
- New 8/4: The impacts of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality have not been felt equally by all populations in Washington State. The pandemic has exacerbated the inequities among historically marginalized communities and those disproportionately impacted due to structural racism and other forms of systemic oppression. The Department of Health’s recent report provides an overview of case, hospitalization, and death rates by race, ethnicity, and language.
- From King County: Safe Start: King County is now in modified Phase 1 — Working together, our community has slowed the spread of COVID-19. Now, King County is working to gradually and carefully reopen the local economy.
- This presentation from the King County Pandemic Community Advisory Group on May 7 is a great summary of current COVID-19 issues
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – resources for individuals, families, organizations, healthcare workers, and more
- CDC Child Care Decision Making tool – for programs considering reopening
- Seattle & King County Public Health – updates on current regulations, safety guidelines, and the most recent data on this outbreak
- Schools and Child Care Recommendations – for administrators, staff, and families
- Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) – daily statewide statistics, multilingual resources, the latest news, and more
- Washington State Department of Health – information on symptoms and testing, with case statistics listed for each county
- Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Guidance & Resources – for school districts, students, and families
- Washington State Department of Children Youth & Families (DCYF) – information on early learning, child care licensing, foster care, child welfare, and more
- King County Call Center – If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977. The call center will be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM PST.
- Washington State Call Center – The Washington State Dept. of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.