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GEAR UP WEST hosts their annual conference in Portland, Oregon, September 29-October 1.  Register for The College Going Identity: Rethinking Readiness.


Schools Out Washington

The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back Conference is two-day conference held in the heart of downtown Seattle, October 1-2. Bridge brings together afterschool and youth development (AYD) professionals, school leaders (e.g. superintendents, principals and classroom teachers), funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and business leaders from across the country.


Community Grants Program announces 2014 Request for Proposals


The College Spark Washington Community Grants Program is an annual, competitive statewide program focused on building the effectiveness of grantees that have demonstrated experience serving low-income students and generating knowledge related to college readiness in middle school and successful transition to college.

The Community Grants Program Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available. All projects that receive Community Grants funding must measure their impact by using at least one of the outcomes below:

Outcomes that focus on middle school success

  • Increase the number of students who enroll in and pass 8th grade Algebra
  • Reduce the number of middle school students who trigger two or more of three early warning indicators: five or more absences during a single school semester, one or more course failures, a suspension, or expulsion
Outcomes that focus on the successful transition to college
  • Reduce the number of students that require development education when they transition from high school to college
  • Increase the number of students who pass their first college-level English or math course - either while in high school, after taking development education classes, or directly upon entering college

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and schools that work with middle school, high school, and college students.


Want to learn more about the Community Grants Program?

  • Participate in the Introduction to Community Grants Webinar on July 11, 2013 at 2pm.  To register, please email
  • Participate in the Webinar for LOI Applicants on September 18, 3013 at 3pm or September 20, 2013 at 9:30am.  To register, please email
  • Download the request for proposals (RFP). 

Between 2005-2012, College Spark Washington awarded more than 100 Community Grants totaling $12.5 million.

Grantee News in the Field
You can go to college regardless of your immigration status.  House Bill (HB)1079 was signed into law in 2003 allowing students who have lived in Washington for three years or more to be considered "residents" for the purposes of paying in-state tuition and fees at Washington colleges and universities.  Visit the recently launched HB1079 Coalition website for more information and resources for undocumented students. 
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