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Through Best Starts for Kids, schools and community centers provide leadership and development opportunities for teens and young adults throughout King County. This effort spans a vast array of programs, ranging from arts, music, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to youth advocacy and civic engagement.

How are we doing?

In 2018, 3,873 youth engaged in programs supporting leadership, development, and healthy relationships. One example is STEMPaths, which pairs girls of color with professionals of color for immersive STEM and arts experiences, and leadership programs that put teens in the driver’s seat for civic engagement, education reform, and community organizing opportunities across King County.

How are we doing?

In 2018, Schools in Renton, Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, Des Moines, and South Seattle offered teens the chance to work with peers and coaches to build self-confidence, well-being, and a sense of belonging. These high-demand programs engage teens to support each other and their communities on issues as diverse as dating violence, homelessness, and elder care.

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