The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is looking to address the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by giving out $1 million in grants for summer learning programs in Washington state, DEEL announced.

Nineteen organizations were given awards that ranged from $11,400 to $75,000 for programs that will provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities and reading, writing, and math support, as well as college tours, work-based learning, and more.

“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,” DEEL Director Dwane Chappelle said.

“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,” he added.

The funds were awarded through Seattle’s Family, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy. The grant’s awardees include three first-time grantees. All programs will run between June and September 2022.

The full list of grantees and the amount of funding included in their grants are:

  • 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 – $51,856
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