DEEL Invests $1M in Community-Based K-12 Summer Programs to Address Continued Impacts of COVID-19

Funding will support academic opportunities, enrichment, and college and career exploration for historically underserved youth in Seattle


SEATTLE (May 31) - This week, the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) announced $1 million in grant awards to enhance community-based summer learning for more than 1,400 youth. For the second consecutive year, DEEL’s community investments in summer programs address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on student learning by providing greater access to expanded learning opportunities to support student success as school resumes in the fall. This grant’s summer programming includes academic activities, social-emotional learning, enrichment, and college and career exploration. All programs will occur between June and September 2022. Investments are funded by the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy.

“In One Seattle, kids need safe spaces to learn, play and grow throughout every part of the year, especially during the summer months. With this investment, the City of Seattle is partnering with community organizations who are doing great work to support our kids with mentorship, arts and enrichment experiences to keep them engaged in their learning and excited about the next step in their educational journey on their way to college and careers,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell.

This year, 19 community organizations were awarded, providing a diverse range of opportunities for youth, including reading, writing and math support, STEM activities, art, gardening, college tours, and work-based learning. Organizations received awards ranging from $11,400 to $75,000, with three first-time grant recipients from DEEL. The majority of programs are located in south Seattle neighborhoods.

“Our students and school communities are still feeling the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and periods of remote instruction on student achievement and well-being, especially for youth disproportionately affected by systemic inequities in education,” said DEEL Director, Dr. Dwane Chappelle. “DEEL’s investment will provide community organizations with funding to enhance learning opportunities that will foster student success for historically underserved youth in our city.”

First time grant recipient Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund’s (MTMF)will host a “Community Connections” program in partnership with FEPP Levy-partner Concord International Elementary School. This program will provide South Park youth with culturally-responsive arts & crafts projects, STEM activities, cooking classes, dance, music, and academic support focusing on social-emotional learning. “Community Connections will enhance and support our children's social and emotional well-being while creating a safe, fun environment of learning opportunities where children can build self-confidence and promote values and cultural connectedness,” said Marvena Kemp, Executive Director of the MTMF.

Summer Learning Enhancement funds complement additional FEPP Levy investments for K-12 students this summer including in-person summer learning programs at ourFEPP Levy School-Based Investment (SBI) partner schools, college and career exploration and mentorship programs with DEEL’s community-based Opportunity and Access (O&A) partners.

The full list of Summer Learning Enhancement funds award recipients are listed below:

·ACE Academy - $31,790

·Atlantic Street Center - $75,000

·Boys and Girls Club of King County - $75,000

·Coyote Central North - $75,000

·Launch - $63,695

·Creative Justice - $52,117

·East African Community Services - $75,000

·El Centro de la Raza - $42,838

·Empowering Youth & Families Outreach - $60,000

·The Good Foot Arts Collective - $63,819

·iUrban Teen - $40,310

·Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund - $27,000

·Multimedia Resource & Technical Institute - $74,395

·Seattle Parks & Recreation at Denny Middle School - $30,000

·Seattle Parks & Recreation at Aki Middle School - $39,450

·Somali Family Safety Task Force - $44,300

·South End Stories - $73,797

·Student & Family Support Services - $11,400

·Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-Bloc) - $51,856


The City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning’s mission is to transform the lives of Seattle children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education. www.seattle.gov/education.