AWG Updates

Governor signs Generals' Bill into law

We are excited to announce that today Governor Inslee signed SB 5746!  The bill updates statute to better reflect the good work of The Generals, and establishes key partnerships for the benefit of Washington’s youth.

This session, The Generals, The Office of Lieutenant Governor, and the bill’s prime sponsor, Senator Patty Kuderer worked hard to pass SB 5746, which also creates new partnerships with the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners.

This legislation will have a huge impact on the work The Generals are doing.  The newly announced Washington World Fellows Program, an equity-focused high school study abroad and college readiness fellowship hosted by The Generals, will receive dedicated funding from a portion of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners specialty license plates revenue.  The Washington World Fellows Program, is set to announce the inaugural class of fellows later this month. These exceptional 15 students, chosen from over 270 applicants, will travel to Leon, Spain this summer, taking courses in Spanish language, history, and politics, and earning college credit while in an immersive home stay environment. This new funding is essential to ensuring the program will continue to provide opportunities from youth for years to come.

SB 5746 also establishes dedicated funding for a new sports mentoring program with the remaining portion of revenue from the Seattle Mariners specialty license plate.  This program will be a collaboration between the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and The Generals and is aimed at providing additional support to nonprofit community-based organizations who are working to provide opportunities to underserved youth by providing mentorship and giving youth the opportunity to participate in sports or attend sporting events.

The Generals are thrilled to be partnering with the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners in working to engage and empower youth in our community. We are honored to have their support of dedicating the proceeds from license plate revenues to support the Washington World Fellows Program and sports mentoring program, and are excited to collaborate with the Seahawks and Mariners to continue to serve Washington’s youth.

Libby Hollingshead