One-on-one services for families in Seattle

Southwest Youth and Family Services (SWYFS) is breaking down barriers in order to serve the southwest Seattle and south King County communities.

The organization’s comprehensive services focus on youth and families while partnering with local schools and systems to strengthen the community as a whole. For their commitment to education and opportunity accessibility in the community, Bank of America named SWYFS a 2016 Neighborhood Builder.

Through Neighborhood Builders, the bank provides nonprofits with a combination of leadership development, flexible funding and a network of peer organizations across the U.S. in order to expand their impact.

SWYFS advocates, case managers and counselors within the community—schools, homes, community centers—provide services and programs where they are most accessible to those in need of them.

One of those programs is New Futures. This initiative offers a wide range of educational support and family advocacy services at sites in White Center, Burien and SeaTac. Support services range from kindergarten readiness to high school and after-school tutoring, and include English Language Learner classes and family home visits.

And the program boasts quantified success, with studies confirming that the students’ test scores were significantly improving with SWYFS’s support.

“Our partnership with Bank of America Neighborhood Builders has strengthened our ability to provide individualized case management for our students, while also strengthening our leadership staff with additional opportunities and resources to build capacity within the organization,” said Steve Daschle, Executive Director for Southwest Youth and Family Services.

The funding provided by Bank of America will allow education programming to grow and stabilize over the next few years, and has provided an additional full-time case manager position to work with students to find post-graduation employment or secondary education.

1/17/2018


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