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We're thrilled to announce that Ron Sims will be joining us as the emcee for our Night of Giving on 9.12.15. You can join us too: https://swyfs.ejoinme.org/2015GALA
Join us for our annual Night of Giving Gala on Saturday, September 12 at the Sanctuary at Admiral. 6pm kicks off our cocktail hour with dinner and program starting at 7pm. Enjoy a night of fun and engaging activities in the theme of the 1920s. Buy your tickets here: https://swyfs.ejoinme.org/2015GALA
Community collaboration in action! Students from our Southwest Network; Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Seattle's Alive and Free Program did a South Park neighborhood clean up today including graffiti removal, storm drain stenciling and litter clean up.
Southwest Youth And Family Services shared City of Burien Government's photo.
Thanks again City of Burien Government for this awesome partnership to help our community! #hopegrowshere
Thanks again to Social Venture Partners as we embark on this great new partnership. This article by Willow Russell does a great job of explaining our programs and vision. Check it out: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/2015/08/20/welcome-new-svp-investee-southwest-youth-family-services/
Southwest Youth And Family Services added 4 new photos.
We are so thankful to have amazing partners like the King County Library System. They brought several summer events to our New Futures sites. We listened to stories at lunchtime, played Minecraft, and watched a wonderful performance of Puss N' Boots by Last Leaf Productions. Thank you, Valley View Library!
At the start of the summer, our Violence Prevention teams, along with other organizations in the community, held the Peace N The Hood basketball tournament. Here is a short video taken by Vannra Yan from the day of the event. https://vimeo.com/135635956
What an amazing performance at tonight's Boot! Congrats to all of the artists for their standing ovation!
A sample of the poetry that can be heard at tomorrow night's Poetry Performance. 8/12/15: 6pm at Youngstown
What is poetry? by Deja
Poetry is language condensed that packs a heavy punch
Poetry is my emotions spilling on paper from my gut
Anger flowing like fire through my arm to my hand
Letting the paper be the chamber for the scars held within
There is no harm this way just these words about the emotions I kept at bay
Poetry is the hurt that I’ve been through
Poetry is the words that assert the truth
Poetry is an open window to my soul
Poetry is the warmth that I need to transform
It warms my heart keeping it from going cold
Allowing me to reach my goals and live till I’m old
Poetry is what sets me free
From the restraints put on by society
Poetry is what put me at ease
Poetry is me
We were excited to support the Best Starts for Kids campaign at the press conference last week. Thank you to Dow Constantine, King County Executive for making the children in our community a priority.
Our guest poet from this week - Claudia Castro Luna (Seattle's new civic poet) mentioned us in her blog post AND invited all of her readers to join us on August 12 for our Boot Performance (6pm at Youngstown). Check out her post: http://cipotabajolaluna.blogspot.com/
We are pleased to facilitate Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups in Delridge and Burien. Here is a little more about this important early learning program:
Congratulations to Claudia Castro Luna for being named Seattle's new Civic Poet: http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/books/claudia-castro-luna-is-seattles-new-civic-poet/. Claudia will be a guest speaker in today's Writers Workshop class. What a special treat for our students!
Southwest Youth And Family Services created an event.
Southwest Youth And Family Services shared Delridge Day's post.
My name is Angel. I am one of the participants in the SWYFS summer writing workshop - our final performance is coming up on August 12: 6-7:30 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The workshop is an 8 wk program that allows youth of different ages and writing experience to come together to expand their minds and skills in creative writing. It has been very interesting and inspiring for me to be a part of this workshop. I hope you can come and witness the creativity and time that went into each of these youth’s work.
Southwest Youth And Family Services added 8 new photos.
Take a look at the inspiring art that will soon be up for all to see as a mural through Neighborhood Matching Grant Project with the City of Burien Government —Liven up the Alley. Our families at Woodrige Park have been working with local Artist Kathleen McHugh to represent the theme of “Hope Grows Here”. These murals will line a chain link fence of an alley between Military Road and Hilltop Elementary.
Southwest Youth And Family Services added 4 new photos.
We're bugging out this afternoon with our friends from the Pacific Science Center
Thank you Marty McLaren, Seattle School Board Director for the visit and lovely email that you sent us. We'd like to share Marty's message here: "Kudos to all the staff at SWYFS for your work in bringing the Summer Young Writers Workshop to students. I was captivated by your description of all the different components of the work you do to support students – this is true “wraparound” service. Every part of what you do is highly significant."
Southwest Youth And Family Services added 3 new photos.
Recology CleanScapes, thank you for helping our students at Windsor Heights become Waste Zero Heroes! They are ready to teach their community about reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Maya Angelou's statement is a great reflection of the importance of our Young Writers Workshop - "The bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Join us to hear the poetry of our young writers on August 12; 6pm at Youngstown!
SWYFS is hiring! For more information about the position and the application process, check out our website: http://www.swyfs.org/get-involved/jobs/