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Join us tomorrow from 11am - 2pm at the Delridge Community Center for our first of two Washington Parent-Child Home Program graduations this year.
Those familiar with our organization and our building on Delridge generally know that we have always worked to be a safe place for the LGBTQ community - but today we made it official by becoming a designated Safe Place. As part of this project, SWYFS acts as a safe and secure place for victims of anti-LGBTQ related crimes and harassment. http://www.seattle.gov/spd-safe-place/
Last night, we celebrated our tutoring volunteers at New Futures with certificates, kudos and ice cream! We are so fortunate to have great volunteers that truly help and inspire our students to reach for success.
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Thank you to all who attended this morning's Get Inspired! Breakfast. We hope you went to work, school or home as inspired as we were with this year's scholarship recipients.
There is still time to register for our Get Inspired! Breakfast on May 18! You don't want to miss the great insights we are going to hear from José! His family has been involved in our New Futures Program for over 12 years, and we are so proud of all his accomplishements. José has aspirations of attending University of Washington next year and we can't wait to see how he continues to inspire. Help us support his dreams and register at http://www.swyfsbreakfast2016.eventbrite.com
GREAT NEWS! Yesterday, 25 students from our Southwest Network; Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative went to the 100k Opportunities Job Fair and thanks to some of our job readiness training, 20 of them got hired! Thank you to the organizers and employers at this event, including Starbucks and Safeway, among many others. Congratulations to the students. A job like this can make the difference for these students and their families.
Today is the day to #giveBIG through the Seattle Foundation and GiveBig 2016. Help our dollars stretch even farther. Help our community see the benefit as we partner with youth and families to TRANSFORM their FUTURES. https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/southwest-youth-and-family-services-1
Today, thanks to one of our board members, we were able to plant some donated ground cover near the entrance to our Education Center and 6 interested students learned about weeding, native and non-native plants, tranplanting flowers and caring for a garden. It was a great opportunity to be outside and dig in the dirt, while engaging our students in great conversation about plants. Here's to growing flowers in more ways than one!
SHOP LOCAL! The West Seattle Junction is supporting local nonprofits today, April 30 with 10% of proceeds going to nonprofits in YOUR COMMUNITY! Specifically The Beer Junction and Shadowland are giving their proceeds to SWYFS. Have a drink or host happy hour at these great local businesses and support your community. http://wsjunction.org/blog/junctions-day-giving/
Tomorrow - all day - shop local in the West Seattle Junction and 10% of proceeds will go back into the community nonprofits. http://wsjunction.org/blog/junctions-day-giving/. Specifically Shadowland and The Beer Junction has proceeds going to SWYFS. Thank you to all of the West Seattle Junction businesses. It takes a village and we're proud to share that partnership with you all!
Earlier this week we had a wonderful Literacy Night at Windsor Heights. We turned some of our favorite stories into song, and each family left with new books and backpacks.Thank you for making this event possible, Molina Healthcare!
Join us as we celebrate the Cambodian New Year, this Friday from 10 - 2.
Last night, we had an amazing community discussion about how to support queer youth in our community. Heidi and David took us through a "heteronormative" development process for a young person and then allowed to explore what difficulties that process might present for a youth who is gay or transgender or questioning. We closed our eyes and imagined how it would feel to be ridiculed and ostracized just for holding hands with the person we love, as a teenager. We then talked about the staggering rate of homelessness among youth in the LGBTQ community and the desperate need for every young person, regardless of their situation, to have an important adult role model in their lives. Some of us ended the evening with more questions than we started with...which might be the first step to supporting our youth. Let's be open to what they need and provide the kind of support and relationships that help them be who they are.
NEXT UP: Jeffersonian Dinner conversation tomorrow 6pm at Camp Long. We are planning to discuss how we can Support Queer Youth in our Community. Our facilitators have pledged to create "an inclusive environment for all people to offer comments and questions about the topic without fear of reprisal. In other words, everyone's experiences, thoughts, and feelings will be welcomed." Join Southwest Youth And Family Services, RAYS and Kent Youth and Family Services and be part of this great discussion. http://nextupdinners.com/
Want to make a bigger impact with your gift to SWYFS? Between now and May 3, you can schedule your gift through the Seattle Foundation's GiveBig 2016 campaign. https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/southwest-youth-and-family-services-1
Jennifer is an exceedingly supportive individual that projects independence and self-advocacy. Jennifer came to SWYFS as a depressed, shy and beat down teen mom and now is a bold and positive force to be reckoned with, and on track to get her GED! Jennifer supports her family through her internship at Southwest Youth and Family Services as well as her part time job. Not only does she support her family, but she also helps high schools students to register for auditing college classes. Jennifer exhibits her creative side through her own published book of poetry (which can be found on amazon). All of Jennifer’s qualities have brought her to be one of the four scholarship winners of 2016! To hear more about Jennifer’s story, join us at the 2016 Get Inspired Breakfast on May 18 from 7-9AM in South Lake Union. http://swyfsbreakfast2016.eventbrite.com/
It's a great day in the GED classroom today. TWO MORE GEDs! Congratulations to Joe and Chrishauna for this milestone achievement today. We are so proud of you and will be excited to watch the rest of your journey!
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Last night, several of our students and community members participated in the art exhibition and open house as the culmination of an 8 week session of "Queer as Art" for local youth in our programs. An interactive event, attendees were challenged to consider their own ideals of gender, sexual orientation, love, family and art. Join us on 4/26 as we continue the conversation. http://nextupdinners.com/
It's National Volunteer Week and SWYFS is very fortunate to have some amazingly dedicated volunteers. People who tutor, mentor, read, listen, teach, coach, paint, advocate, connect, organize, plan, pull weeds, stuff envelopes and so much more. One group of volunteers that continues to be extremely committed, thoughtful, strategic and truly cares about the families in our community, is our board of directors. We are grateful for such a fantastic group of community members working to challenge the past and change the future. http://www.swyfs.org/who-we-are/board/
Do you remember what it was like to be a teenager? Rough, wasn't it? Add to that some of the challenges youth in our community have to face: poverty, racism, mixing of cultures and so much more. Now, think what it might be like if that same teenager dealing with all of that is also gay or transgender? Youth in our community need our support. Please join us for a community conversation about Supporting Queer Youth in Our Community on 4/26; 6pm at Camp Long. This will be the first in a three-part series on issues affecting youth in our communities, a joint series put on by Southwest Youth And Family Services, Renton Area Youth & Family Services Rays and Kent Youth and Family Services. Register at http://nextupdinners.com/.
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Did you know that it's National Volunteer Week? Many of our programs would cease to exist without people volunteering their time and energy to make them happen. That's why we're so thankful for volunteers like Yeandya.
Yeandya is part of the Highline Public Schools Internship Program at New Futures and works with our 3rd-4th grade students at Windsor Heights. You can’t help but smile around Yeandya! She has a delightful sense of humor and is able to make any homework assignment fun and engaging. She always goes above and beyond what’s expected of her, and we love having her on our team.
Confident, proactive, articulate, mature and motivated! These are the very words that describe Sara, one of our scholarship winners. Sara is a very unique and amazing student that has been involved with New Futures at the Woodridge Park site for the past few years. Although fourteen sounds like a young age, Sara is a well put together young lady that demonstrates hard work, great personal qualities and has fascinating analytical skills. Sara is very adaptive and aware of the tremendous places and goals she can reach. To learn more and hear from Sara directly, join us at the 2016 Get Inspired! Breakfast on May 18. http://swyfsbreakfast2016.eventbrite.com/
- EVENTS: Graduations, Field Day, Conversations, Peace N the Hood, the BOOT and more.
- NEXT UP: Jeffersonian Dinner Series – June 2: Immigration and our Changing Demographics.
- Annual Report 2014 – see how we partner with youth and families to transform their futures.
- Use this link to direct a percentage of your Amazon purchases to Southwest Youth and Family Services.
- 2015 Writers Workshop Boot Publication – check out our students’ amazing work.