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Funding from Best Starts for Kids is expanding access to education, job training, and other services for teens and young adults. Communities leverage Best Starts to complement existing efforts — peer support, behavioral health services, and support to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education — that are helping teens and young adults transition successfully to adulthood.

How are we doing?

In 2018, 258 young people accessed behavioral health or other services offered at re-engagement sites across King County to help them maintain stability while they complete post-secondary education.

How are we doing?

In 2018, 288 young people enrolled in work-training education programs, and 61 enrolled in work-training employment programs. 219 young people enrolled in Career Launchpad, a program that provides job readiness training for young people who need to find employment quickly to support themselves or their families. Seventy-six of those found employment after completing the program, and 40 were making more than the Washington minimum wage as of the end of 2018.

How are we doing?

Peer Connectors are young adults and have faced challenges themselves and offer a unique perspective and ability to connect with other young people, and help them re-engage in services. In 2018, 612 young people engaged with peer connectors from their communities who helped them connect with one of the County’s more than 30 education and employment programs for young adults.

More than 200 youth re-engaged with school or employment after engaging with a peer connector.

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