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Representatives from 13 programs serving area youth gathered for a Washington County Kids Fund summit in Beaverton last month and set priorities for the future.


Those include investigating grant funding for screening families and directing them to resources; forming a B-corporation whose proceeds benefit programs serving children; and seeking a grant to fund a summit highlighting the value of after-school and summer programs for workforce development.

Representatives from the Forest Grove nonprofit Adelante Mujeres, Bienestar, Centro Cultural de Washington County, Chess for Success, the Hillsboro Park and Recreation Department, HomePlate, Inukai Family Hillsboro Boys & Girls Club, the Hillsboro School District and Worksource attended the summit, according to WCKF chairwoman Katie Riley.

Washington County Commissioner Greg Malinowski, state Sen. Chuck Riley and state Rep. Margaret Doherty also attended.

Centro Cultural Executive Director Maria Caballero-Rubio said she “could now focus on prioritizing” what she needed to work on “to further our mission of moving our community out of poverty through education, training and integration,” adding her organization aimed to support middle schoolers through out-of-school programming — the time children and youth spend outside school hours and away from home.

A survey taken by WCKF showed that 445 kids age 0-18 take part in programming at Adelante Mujeres during the school year and 100 during the summer; 78 during the school year and 145 during the summer at Centro Cultural; 4,350 during the school year and 6,700 during the summer at Hillsboro Park and Rec; and 927 during the school year and the same number during the summer at the Inukai Boys & Girls Club.

The group also wants to initiate a state sales tax to benefit youth programs; establish an incubator program to develop micro-companies to benefit youth; support the resubmission of House Bill 4002 for after-school funding; support work statewide that funds summer programs; and investigate the potential for funding from cities around the county.

“Survey results show approximately 40,000 kids are served by nonprofits during the school year and 13,500 during the summer,” Riley said. “Information from Community Action indicates another 1,000 preschool children in the county are served by Head Start and Early Head Start.

“Considering that there are approximately 137,198 children ages 0-17 in Washington County, there is still a large need that is not being covered.”

Started in 2013, the WCKF is dedicated to finding a sustainable source of funding for proven and successful programs to help the children and families of Washington County succeed,” according to its Facebook page.

For more information visit impactnw.org/childrens-opportunity-fund-of-washington-county.

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