History of grants – relation to GATE
Building Bridges was originally created by the 2007 Washington State Legislature as a state-level workgroup to make recommendations on the development of a statewide comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement system.
These recommendations were issued in 2010 and resulted in 2011-13 passage of House Bill 1599, the Pay for Actual Student Success (PASS) act. This bill provided funds for grants to put recommendations from the Building Bridges workgroup into action on a local level. These Building Bridges Grants and are awarded to schools, families, community organizations and agencies for comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement system work.
View the Grant Models tab for more information on the current grant models and goals.
With the initial Building Bridges workgroup recommendations submitted to the legislature and the Building Bridges Grants established, the workgroup rebranded itself Graduation A Team Effort (GATE). GATE continues to work on state and local level collective impact efforts to reduce dropouts and increase graduation and youth success. Visit What is GATE to learn more about the Building Bridges workgroup and its transition into Graduation A Team Effort.