Tacoma Whole Child Partnership
Students at 12 Tacoma elementary schools now have on-site access to Expanded Learning Opportunities like visual and performing arts, dance, robotics, STEM, mentorship, sports, and more. These programs—which take place before, during, and after school—provide a safe place for students to learn new skills, build positive relationships, and connect with their community.
Students at these schools are also learning how to manage emotions, achieve positive goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Staff who interact with students—on the school bus, in hallways, in classrooms and during Expanded Learning Opportunities— model and support the same social and emotional practices. Participating schools and Expanded Learning Opportunity partners share information and data to support continuous improvement, learning from each other what works well, and what practices need to be strengthened.
This shared work is powered by the Tacoma Whole Child partnership, a community-wide effort to ensure every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Public Schools, and numerous community partners are working together to expand this partnership by providing aligned, equitable, high quality social, emotional, and academic development opportunities to students in and out of school.
Whole Child Partnership News
Parents See the Difference Caring Adults Make for Their Students (March 11, 2020)
Every Adult Can Build Youth Resilience and Help Students Thrive (February 13, 2020)
Warm Greetings, 3 Breaths and a Constitution Help Students Thrive (December 12, 2019)
20 Minutes Can Make All the Difference for Students in Expanded Learning (November 14, 2019)
Community Partnerships Expand Learning Opportunities for Tacoma Students (September 11, 2019)
Sheridan Elementary & Blix Elementary
My name is Terrence “T.J.” Gile. I’m a Senior Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator by day, and an average Joe by night. I have an amazing wife, Maurissa, whom I just got married to and we live in University Place, WA. Growing up, I was surrounded by music and the arts. I grew up not always being the smartest, but the most creative and expressive. I’ve been playing drums and doing sessions for quite some time now. In my life I developed a few passions. Music and serving youth happen to be a few. My hope is to continue to better myself by building off my current position so I can be instrumental to Youth success. I ultimately want youth to be able to express themselves in ways they didn’t think were possible.
Fawcett Elementary & DeLong Elementary
I was born and raised in Washington. I am a dog mom of two loving pups, Jasper (jack russel terrier) and Jedi (pitbull/lab). I love trying new restaurants and going to the movies. I have a deep appreciation for the arts and I love experiencing the various forms and the impact it can make. I have worked for Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound for almost four years which lead me to my passion in youth development. I strive to support and empower our young people to believe and achieve.
Birney Elementary & Larchmont Elementary
“I have been working alongside youth since 2008 and have had the pleasure to meet some many wonderful people! My work constantly challenges me, allowing me the opportunity to continue growing. It also keeps my energy high and my vibes positive! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my dog, Koda, who is a 115 pound Alaskan Malamute. I also play in a competitive and contact flag football league, football has been a hobby of mine since I was in 3rd grade. Like most, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to this continued work and shared space, in hopes of creating something sustainable!”
Edison Elementary & Manitou Park Elementary
Tiffany is originally from Cerritos, CA. She currently lives in Central Tacoma with her family. Tiffany is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She enjoys drinking good coffee, spending time with her family, exploring fun places in WA State, and exercising with MiXXedFit. Tiffany is passionate about working with youth and excited to be a part of the ELO team.
The Skate in School program provides elementary aged youth access to skateboard equipment and instruction to help them learn to skate safely. In providing in-school skate programs we not only encourage and support the next generation of skateboarders but also break down the negative stigmas and stereotypes associated with skateboarding, which is an extremely powerful experiential learning tool. Students in learn about all the components of a skateboard, the basics of skateboarding, including safe skate practices, as well as how to use skateparks and spaces safely and effectively. Our organization provides all the necessary tools and equipment for beginning skateboarders.
Big Brothers Big Sisters professionally supports youth and mentors in 1-to-1 mentoring relationships. School-aged youth are paired thoughtfully with screened and trained volunteer mentors. The goal is for mentoring relationships to last at least one calendar year in order to achieve positive outcomes in the following areas: social/emotional well-being, academic success and avoidance of risky behavior.
Bricks 4 Kidz® is devoted to providing an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where we learn, we build, and we play with LEGO® Bricks. Classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, built around our proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.
The First Tee of South Puget Sound positively impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.
Gentlemen By Choice is a male youth enrichment program that uses a whole child concept to provide training in the areas of Leadership, Image, Financial Management and Etiquette. These basic L.I.F.E. skills are essential for proper growth and development and are aligned with the organization’s “classroom to boardroom” philosophy. Character traits such as accountability, responsibility, perseverance and discipline mature as mentees move toward a higher level of emotional intelligence and self-governance.
At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the program, girls develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Our program is for every girl. GOTR is a non-competitive program; girls of all abilities are welcome.
Hopes and Dreams Foundation mentorship program provides behavioral intervention and social and emotional skill development to help youth become successful individuals. The core features of behavioral intervention and emotional development include the ability to identify and understand ones own feelings, learn positive options for managing emotions and resolving conflict, develop empathy for others and to establish and maintain relationships.
Our Dance program is an Introduction and Exploration of Dance and related movement and performing arts! We will look at Ballet, Jazz, Modern, HipHop, and Tap genres to build core strength, balance, fine motor skills and muscle memory. Students will expand their knowledge of music & the history of Dance; gain self confidence in personal identity & expression; and learn the basic foundations needed to create and choreograph their own artistic pieces.
Krownless Kids is a program that focuses on education and life skills through an artistic lens. By partnering with community agencies, childcare centers, and schools; Krownless Kids builds relationships with youth and young adults by providing opportunities to enhance their artistic abilities and connect with community artists and leaders. Krownless Kids is Youth Driven. We embrace the talent and voices of the youth and provide artistic platforms for expression and educational guidance.
KBTC KIDS integrates educational PBS KIDS resources into out-of-school spaces, bringing hands-on STEAM and literacy learning experiences to students in kindergarten through 5th grade. KBTC staff implement various PBS KIDS content and curriculum based on the needs and interests of the schools and students we work with. Activities include media and technology integration as well as hands-on learning experiences.
Pierce Conservation District's Environmental Education program serves students of all ages throughout Pierce County. Our programs focus on water quality, habitats, soil, stewardship, and other topics related to environmental science. We offer in-class lessons and activities, as well as field trips, to involve students in hands-on experiences. These activities can include water quality testing, watershed modeling, soil investigations, and many others.
The Rock Paper Scissors Foundation L.I.L.Y Youth Mentoring Program provides sound and loving mentoring to girls from grades 2-12. program is designed to help young women with topics like bullying, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, boys and sex, self-worth, self-care/love, positive thinking, etc. Our program also helps young women overcome more serious issues like abuse, domestic violence, and suicidality. Additionally, we encourage and uplift young women to plan for the future professionally, academically, and emotionally.
Symphony Tacoma aims to make music education accessible all youth, beginning in elementary school and building toward opportunities in high school and the community to become engaged in classical music. We currently offer violin classes for 4th-5th grade students. Violins, sheet music and all other materials needed are provided by Symphony Tacoma.
This program is offered to 4th and 5th grade students. The Tahoma Audubon educator will offer to come into science classes to teach about our local watershed, its connection to the local environment and how resources and water we use in our daily life effect the health of the Puget Sound ecosystem. By giving students a field guide book filled with vibrant pictures of the Salish Sea, engagement and learning will continue after the lesson is over.
Tacoma Arts Live cultural Arts programs embed in school settings to offer art forms like Ballet Folklorico (Mexican regional dance), World Drumming, Step, Acting and more. The Learning, Empathy, Negotiation and Self (LENS) program uses performing, literary and visual arts to guide social-emotional growth, with developmentally appropriate modules for elementary, middle and high school levels. All these programs match students with a Teaching Artist who guides and assesses growth as students work toward greater achievements such as performances, skill shares, etc.
The MESA curriculum is stratified by grade level and specifically crafted for elementary, middle and high school levels. As it pertains to K-5, the modules have been developed to accommodate the appropriate rigor for the elementary level. Materials and components of each project reflect this. Additionally, with the utilization of elementary teachers to implement the curriculum, best practices for the specific grade range are used.
Tacoma Art Museum's Breakfast Sketch Club provides free art access to elementary-aged youth one day a week for an eight-week session. This “open studio” model is student-driven, based on free choice – of materials, subject matter, and style. TAM’s teaching artist provide a selection of drawing materials, papers and drawing surfaces, and various prompts for students who need more direction. Should students desire a more structured lesson or training in specific drawing techniques or styles, the teaching artist can provide such instruction to individual students or to the whole group.
Tacoma Urban League's Male Involvement Program is a Mentoring program, that supports males of color primarily in the areas of social, emotional, personal and academic life. Through guided conversations we reflect on where we have been, our current state, and where we want to be, while identifying the barriers to success and the assets we possess to get to our destiny. Through activities we discover more about ourselves, environment and peers.
UnCommon's mission is to invest in urban students through mentorship; empowering and inspiring students to progress with tools to succeed in life and relationships. Our goal is to invest in students throughout their school years and help them see the positive impact they can make in their communities.
The goal of Vision of Eastside is to provide girls in our communities opportunities to belong to something. We work on inner strength and self acceptance through dance and play. The program is ran by Ms. Chelsea and an assistant, who have been trained in DAP and ELO best practices. We teach dance (variety of styles), Stepping and team building skills with children age 4 - 17.
We provide creative writing workshops and academic support in language arts for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Our programs include after school programs, workshops at Reman Hall Juvenile Detention Center, a yearly teen poetry slam called Louder Than a Bomb, college essay writing workshops, Saturday classes, and a free summer camp. All of our programming is free to participants.
THE Y.E.S.S.S.S. PROGRAM stands for The Young Entrepreneurs Structure Sell Systematize and Scale. Y.E.S.S.S. utilizes hands-on culinary training as well as media and presentation skills designed to inform and inspire the entrepreneurial heart and soul of our youth. Students not only learn how to create healthy meals, but also how to document their work, and present it to market.
The YMCA’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood are youth mentoring programs designed to engage students with positive adult role models and provide them with the skills and encouragement to hold themselves and their peers accountable to a higher overall standard of excellence. Our highly-trained staff are committed to being positive caring adult role models, supporting young people in finding their passions and purpose in life, and developing a solid foundation in which to grow.