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Check out a day in the life of the After School Programs at New Futures Woodridge Park!
We are excited to announce 2014's last Volunteer of the Month - Scott Bretl!
We know Scott as the spouse of one of our New Futures program staff members, but he wears another hat as a New Futures volunteer. When the Windsor Heights community needs him, Scott is there.
Earlier this year, he was a huge help with a family that was experiencing a domestic incident. He went to the home, served restraining order paperwork, and helped get the children back to the mother. He is also a very gifted math teacher, and the youth love it when he can come in and help out with math. He spent many hours this semester helping a number of our middle and high school students with math. He's been especially important to one student who started school late and had almost a month of math work to make up.
Thank you Scott for going above and beyond the call of duty!
Last minute tree shopping? Check out West Seattle Nursery. A donation will be made to Southwest Youth and Family Services when you get your tree delivered! Thank you West Seattle Nursery for your support!
On November 25th, through the "Warm the Homeless" event, a group of youth from our Southwest Network; Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative packaged together gloves, scarves and beanies and distributed them out to the homeless downtown. They also set up a canopy so the homeless can help themselves to pastries and coffee/hot chocolate donated by community bakeries.
This week in our Education Center a visiting scholar facilitated a workshop discussing the poetry of Xu Lizhi a 24-year-old former worker at a Foxconn factory in China. Xu’s poems have recently been translated into English and have been discussed in various publications such as the Wall St. Journal and the Washington Post. They speak to the alienation and isolation of factory life in South China. SWYFS students made connections to struggles that youth here face, from homelessness to incarceration.
This past Tuesday, four Windsor Heights youth completed a fun service project as first and second year SOS Outreach University students. The SOS Outreach program grants our youth the opportunity to learn snowboarding and life skills through the excellent program structure and mentorship of some amazing volunteers. Our four youth are participating in the program for either the second or third consecutive year. For the winter of 2015, we are grateful to be able to bring an additional eight youth to learn how to ride for the first time. Our other New Futures sites will be joining us as well this year. Thank you, SOS Outreach!
Congratulations to our Teen Parent Program participants, who have seen so much success that 3 students are taking their GED Test TODAY! Join us as we wish them luck!
Are you ordering gifts on amazon.com this year? Use this link to direct a percentage of your purchases go back to Southwest Youth and Family Services. Shop Amazon at http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ge_sr_btnr1_setch?_encoding=UTF8&x=0&y=0&pldnNew=1
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Are you are looking to give the gift of language and literacy to a young reader? Here are several favorites among our families in the PCHP program: Pat the Bunny, Pancakes for Breakfast, and Where is Spot? Children also love a shape-sorter cube and set of soft blocks our Home Visitors bring during the year.
For even more ideas check out the PCHP store on Amazon.com http://astore.amazon.com/theparentchil-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=1
Hey friends at the Seattle Children's Theatre, keep an eye out for a "boatload" of thank you cards, artwork, appreciations, and lingering questions from New Futures students. #DWatSCT runs through December 21st-- don't miss out on this great adventure brought to life through enchanting sets, sailing ships, and glowing animals!
Thank you to RealNetworks for funding our afterschool programming!
Did you know that the SWYFS Education Center provides credit retrieval options for High School students in the Seattle and Highline School Districts? Did you know that we have a GED program for teen parents with free childcare? We believe that everyone deserves a good education - no matter your circumstances. Our Education Center helps to provide that when other options are not available. http://www.swyfs.org/programs/education/
Did you shop on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and/or Cyber Monday? Today is #GivingTuesday! Make your money count! http://www.swyfs.org/get-involved/donate/
Hope everyone had a lovely time off and enjoyed the snow! Since teachers had conferences all week, we were able to make a showing of Dick Whittington and His Cat at the SCT! This is just one small van load from Arbor Heights, but we shuttled kids from all three sites into Seattle. It was a blast! Thanks Seattle Children's Theatre, for an amazingly produced show that taught us about bravery, courage and wowed us all with stunning sets, costumes and props!
Happy #cybermonday! Use this link to direct a percentage of your Amazon.com purchases go back to Southwest Youth and Family Services. Shop Amazon at http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ge_sr_btnr1_setch?_encoding=UTF8&x=0&y=0&pldnNew=1
Don't forget on #cybermonday that you can have a percentage of your purchases go back to Southwest Youth and Family Services. Shop Amazon at http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ge_sr_btnr1_setch?_encoding=UTF8&x=0&y=0&pldnNew=1
Check out one of our poets from the Young Writers' Workshop here at SWYFS for some great perspective on life and the will to succeed. https://bootyoungwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/situation-of-my-world-07092013/
Great books inspire great readers! Here is a favorite book of SWYFS families in the Washington Parent-Child Home Program
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Another successful Literacy Night at Arbor Heights thanks to our generous support from Target South Center!
We listened to stories read by Lydia from our local library, had food, snacks and books galore, played minute to win-it games with families and raffles to win trips to the zoo and gift certificates for books. The teens even put on a wonderful reader's theater presentation of Wayside School!
Nothing greater than seeing kids get excited about picking out books and reading!
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There are so many families in need. Beyond supporting our programs for the community - how can someone make an immediate impact during this holiday season? There are many ways - here are just a few:
1. make a donation http://www.swyfs.org/get-involved/donate/
2. support a family for the holidays http://www.swyfs.org/get-involved/holiday-assistance-program/
3. choose SWYFS to benefit when you shop on amazon.com
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Last night over 125 community members joined together for our Family Literacy Night at Windsor Heights. Families ate dinner together, made crafts, listened to wonderful storytellers, and each family left with several new books.Thank you Target South Center for your support!
Southwest Youth And Family Services shared New Futures - a Branch of Southwest Youth & Family Services's album: Free First Thursday Field Trips around town.
During the end of the year - when it's cold and so many are swept up in the spirit of the holidays - it is the families and youth that we serve here at SWYFS that suffer the most. While all of our families are in need of assistance, our staff have created a list of families in extreme need during this time and we are asking our community to support them. Would you consider supporting a family this year? Help them to buy clothes, food or gifts for their family. http://www.swyfs.org/get-involved/holiday-assistance-program/
- End of year assistance program – Help families in need during this season of holidays and struggles.
- Use this link to direct a percentage of your Amazon purchases to Southwest Youth and Family Services.
- 2013 annual report – Hot off the press!
- Coffee and Conversation with Steve Join these community conversations today!