The City of Seattle’s Office for Education is sponsoring a series of more than 20 workshops beginning on June 23rd, 2011 for anyone interested in the implementation of the proposed Families & Education Levy renewal strategies. Registration is required. For a schedule of workshops see this Web link.
Beginning on March 1, 2011, the Seattle Human Services Department will realign its operations to better meet the needs of constituents and the community. The work of former divisions including Youth Development & Achievement, Early Learning & Family Support, and Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention will be restructured to become two divisions: the Community Support & Self-Sufficiency Division and Youth & Family Empowerment Division. The Community Support & Self-Sufficiency Division will encompass all of HSD’s programs that assist individuals and families as they work toward self-sufficiency. The Youth & Family Empowerment Division will take a more holistic approach to providing services from early childhood to young adulthood, including paths to post-secondary training – college, vocational training, apprenticeships into skilled trades, or other employment. For more details about these and other changes please read this special edition of Life Lines newsletter.
The Seattle Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations, recently launched a new Web site, the Giving Center. The site provides information for prospective donors on 675 nonprofits doing a wide range of work. Financial and evaluation information is included for each organization described. Launch of the site was covered in the Seattle Times and New York Times.
A report by Children’s HealthWatch shows that access to benefits such as nutrition, housing and utility support programs makes a significant difference in a child’s lifelong development and learning. Compared to children in low-income families receiving no benefits, children in households receiving benefits were more likely to meet the criteria for being a “well” child, less likely to have been hospitalized since birth and less likely to be at risk for developmental delays. See the full report at: http://www.childrenshealthwatch.org/upload/resource/multiplehardships_report_jun10.pdf
The Seattle Human Services Department has issued a “request for investment” (RFI) to provide naturalization assistance for low-income immigrants and refugees who live in Seattle and King County. Approximately $1.1 million is available to assist refugees and immigrants to obtain U.S. citizenship. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. July 30, 2010. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011.
Contact Ann-Margaret Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-615-1112 to request paper copies of the RFI.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following RFI information meetings:
Thursday, June 24, 2010
10 a.m. – noon
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
2 – 4 p.m.
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
For more information, please visit the department’s RFI Web site.
Beginning on June 28 thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 will enjoy free breakfasts and lunches this summer through the Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” is open to children at qualifying sites. From June 28 through Aug. 27, the meals will be served at approximately 100 sites across the city. These include designated community centers, Seattle park playgrounds, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, and other community sites throughout Seattle and parts of King County. For more information see this news release.
The Seattle Human Services Department has published (online) its 2009 Annual Report. The report provides a snapshot summary of the department’s accomplishments and outcomes in 2009 in data, photographs, and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around with the help of City-funded programs.
New moms in the U.S. are increasingly older, better educated and born in other countries, a new study found, and these shifts promise to change child care, preschool and pre-kindergarten. The study is “The New Demography of the American Mother” by the Pew Research Center. For details visit BirthtoThrive Online.
Mayor Mike McGinn and City staff held the first public meeting on the Mayor’s Youth and Families Initiative on Monday, Feb. 22. This was the first in a series of five public workshops to help define a youth and families agenda for Seattle. The other four meetings will be held on March 1 at Northgate Elementary School, March 8 at Van Asselt Elementary School, March 15 at Denny Middle School, and March 22 at Garfield Community Center. For more information please visit the Mayor’s Web site.
Helping youth and families is integral to the Seattle Human Services Department’s mission to connect people with the resources and solutions they need. Every day, we work with our community partners to help children learn and thrive through our preschool, child care, youth and nutrition programs, and to support parents, families and seniors through family centers, citizenship education for refugees and immigrants, and services for elders. We also provide vital services for homeless people and domestic violence victims.
We are excited by the Mayor’s Youth and Family Initiative and are looking forward to hearing and learning from voices across the city about the challenges people are facing in these tough times and about creative solutions for tackling these problems. As we move forward with the plan, it’s important to keep in mind the good work we already are doing in this arena and to build on our successes. This is particularly important in a time of economic distress and limited resources. For more information about the Human Services Department, please visit www.seattle.gov/humanservices.
— Kip Tokuda, Acting Director, Seattle Human Services Department