Nicola Crawford

Refugee School Impact Grant VISTA Member

School’s Out Washington

As a VISTA Member at School’s Out Washington, Nicola is working on compiling resources to support Refugee School Impact Grant grantees. She specifically focuses on resource development materials and compiling orientation materials for newcomer families and youth to the school system.

A Puget Sound native with a B.A. in Peace Studies from Whitworth University, Nicola feels VISTA is a great opportunity to continue working in the community. “Following a year working as an AmeriCorps member at an afterschool program in SeaTac and a year teaching English in Kenya, it’s great to be working as a part of the Refugee Support Network. School’s Out Washington has been a great learning opportunity, and it’s good to be working back in my home community.”

When not working, Nicola likes being outdoors, especially when that involves mountains, water or trees . . . which is why she loves the Pacific Northwest.

School’s Out Washington

School’s Out Washington (SOWA) was founded in 1987, and the organization’s history reflects the emergence and development of the afterschool and youth development (AYD) professional field. SOWA’s mission, vision, and values reflect a deep commitment to the advancement of the AYD field, the individuals who work in the field, and the children, youth, families, and communities served by the field.  SOWA administers Washington State’s Refugee School Impact Grant, which supports school systems statewide impacted by significant numbers of refugee children and youth, ages 5-18, in the country three years or less.

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