May 2024

KATIE’S KORNER:  Katie Riley, President

What is the Why?

The “why” is very simple. Washington County Kids (WCK) exists because too many kids lack access to afterschool and summer programs. Participation in a broad range of activities is crucial for children as it leads to greater academic success and better career outcomes.

Many families struggle to provide enrichment opportunities most often because of prohibitive costs and lack of transportation. We also know that for most families, economic survival requires all adults to work. However, children need supportive supervision and guidance, especially through adolescence to make positive choices. Without appropriate programs, afterschool and summer times are missed opportunities to develop positive interests and values.

Our community must invest in itself by investing in our children.

Washington County Kids is focused on building a partnership between parents, providers, and the community. This will increase access to quality programs to obtain benefits for children and families. Broadening access is dependent on sustainable funding. We cannot pursue this goal without your input and help.

The “who” is you. Please join us at our annual Reach for the Stars event on June 6th. We have planned a wonderful evening where you will join company with people who agree on the WCK “why” – to increase access to afterschool and summer programs for all kids.

Thank you,

Katie
Board President & Founder
katie@washingtoncountykids.org

The Reach for the Stars | June 6, 2024

Get your ticket here!

Gala Sponsors Spotlight

We could not prepare such an event without the support of many partners, including the following amazing organizations and individuals who have already signed on as sponsors:

Narce (WCK Board Member) Rodriguez & Jesus Bruno
Joe & Corinne Christy
Brad & Debbie Avakian
Yuen Chin
Margaret Doherty
Penney Hoodenpyle
Martha Brooks, Room 122
Werner James, Edward Jones Financial Advisor
Don Domes
Karen Foley
Gordon Keeney & Linda Ray Keeney
Chuck & Katie (WCK Board Member) Riley
Sheri & Dick Schouten
Terry Styner

If you are interested in being a sponsor, it is not too late! Sign up here!

Gala Auction Spotlight

Just a few of our silent auction items:

Mt Hood Meadows Lift Tickets
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Tickets
Portland Spirit Cruise
Westside Quilters Guild
Yard Art and More by Mo
Top Golf Certificate
Blue Ox Axe Throwing Certificate
Amazing original artwork by talented local artist
and dozens o
f your favorite restaurants!

MISSION FORWARD:  Needs Analysis Proposal to the Washington County Board of Commissioners

Dear Friend of Washington County Kids,

Will you help us urge the Washington County Board of Commissioners to approve a Needs Analysis for Afterschool & Summer Care?

No one, including county officials, knows the full extent of the need for additional programs and funding for out of school (OST) programs.

This study would:

  • Determine the needs of those NOT being served by comparing survey results with existing population data.
  • Discover existing and needed resources by program, age, ethnicity, gender, and geography.
  • Provide information needed to increase funding for programs, especially after the recent passage of landmark bill, HB 4082.

Here are all the ways you can help:

1)  Join us at Board of Commissioner meetings:  May 28 & June 25 | 6:30pm

2)  Testify to the Board of Commissioners

IN PERSON   Arrive by 6:15 to sign-up.

IN ZOOM        Sign-up as soon as possible for the limited spots.

IN WRITING   Email letter by 2pm on the Monday before each meeting.
Sample Letter of Support

3) Add your name to our supporter letter using the comment feature or by email.

Thank you!
Katie Riley, Ed.D., President                     Larry Crepeaux, Executive Director

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES:  Sextortion

We recently welcomed guest speakers from the FBI Portland Bureau on a difficult but important subject for parents.
Youth Face a Risk of Sextortion Online
FBI Launches Sextortion Awareness Campaign in Schools

To report suspected sextortion, call the nearest FBI field office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324). To make a CyberTipline Report with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), visit report.cybertip.org.

PROVIDERS:  Join our monthly Focus Meetings

  

Next, please join the next FOCUS ZOOM conversation on Friday, May 24th from 10-11am as we Focus on you!
Afterschool or summer providers, please consider joining any (or all) of our monthly Focus on Providers events!  These informal one-hour Zoom discussions about what Providers are facing and accomplishing in our county including networking, resource sharing, and community development opportunities.
Hosted by Larry Crepeaux, Executive Director

PARENTS:  We need your afterschool input!

Our first-ever survey of afterschool parents is live!

We need the help of all parents in Washington County to gather data about afterschool participation.  The survey responses will help strengthen our mission to increase funding and support for out-of-school-time programs that enable success for children and youth in Washington County.
The survey should take approximately 2 minutes to finish.