The Farm to Table partnership has been nominated for an annual Sustainability Leadership Awards from Sustainable Seattle. The program is being recognized for efforts to raise the bar for sustainability, with a nomination in the Resource Impact category. Award winners will be announced on January 31, 2014 during a celebration at the Museum of History and Industry. Through the efforts of staff in HSD’s Aging & Disability Services (ADS) and Youth & Family Empowerment (YFE) divisions, the Farm to Table program connects senior meal sites and Seattle child care programs to local area farms with the goal of providing local, organic produce to some of Seattle’s most under-served communities, serving 1250 children and seniors at 50 different meal sites throughout the city. The program also provides training in seasonal menu planning, scratch cooking and nutrition education to staff at participating sites. Sustainable Seattle is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in the Central Puget Sound, nationally, and internationally.
The Seattle Human Services Department has awarded the 4C Coalition $75,000 as part of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Group Mentoring Request for Qualifications (RFQ) funding process. The 4C Coalition will provide group mentoring services at the three SYVPI network sites (southwest, southeast and central Seattle). SYVPI group mentoring will support youth at-risk of perpetuating or being a victim of violence in a safe and structured environment. The 4C Coalition is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and mentoring support to vulnerable youth in King County.
On Friday, June 21st, Mayor McGinn kicked off Seattle’s Summer Food Service Program, which offers FREE breakfasts, lunches and snacks to kids age 1 to 18 at approximately 100 community sites. During the school year, thousands of children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through Seattle Public Schools. When school lets out, many of these children face a higher risk for hunger. The Summer Food Service Program helps fill the nutrition gap to make sure children get the nutritious meals they need. The program runs from June 24 to Aug. 23, 2013. For more information, call 206-386-1140 or see this press release or view this Seattle Channel video.
Seattle Youth Employment Program participant Abraham Tesfelaise recently won an art contest and his painting will soon be displayed in U.S. Capitol! See this article in the Seattle Times.
Seattle Human Services Deputy Director Catherine Lester is among 16 leaders from across the country selected to be Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellows. The fellowship was created to increase the pool of leaders with the vision, drive and ability to create and sustain major system reforms and community initiatives that benefit large numbers of children and families. Fellows will participate in a series of intensive leadership opportunities, including group seminars, individual coaching, and site visits to learn about innovative service delivery models. Congratulations to Catherine on this great honor and opportunity! For more information please see this news release.
The 2013 Youth Education, Career and Resource Fair will be held on Feb. 15, 2013 at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sponsored by the Seattle Youth Employment Consortium members, the Human Services Department’s Seattle Youth Employment Program, SeaMar Community Health Centers, MetroCenter YMCA, and YouthCare, the fair will feature 60+ vendors and workshops that focus on resume writing, interviewing, and applying for schools and employment.
For more information contact the SYEP office at 684-0293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP), a program of the Seattle Human Services Department, provides economically disadvantaged youth the opportunity to develop employment skills, explore careers, and meet individualized educational goals. This summer, SYEP received a generous $50,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation to serve an additional 16 youth. In this seven-week program, youth were placed at various high-growth sectors such as health care, trade/transportation and information technology, and involved private businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Site supervisors and SYEP employment counselors partnered throughout the summer to expose youth to green job and post-secondary options; develop work-readiness skills needed to increase employability; move youth onto well-paying careers; and move youth towards economic self-sufficiency.
“A Day in The Park” on Sept. 9, 2-5 p.m., at Lakeridge Park, is a collaborative partnership among the Faith Based Coalition in Seattle, Human Services Department (HSD) and Seattle Parks and Recreation. The day will be filled with fun, music, spoken word, food and information about all the services provided by the family centers, HSD and Parks. Come out and join us for a great time. See this flier.
A final report on a point-in-time count of homeless youth and young adults was released earlier this summer. The count (“Count Us In”) took place on May 16, 2012 by a group of youth service providers and key community members from across King County. Data was also drawn from Safe Harbors, the county’s homeless management information system, to create a profile youth homelessness. See this report for more details.
Our Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) was featured on Seattle Medium. While many teens are struggling to find part-time work these days, SYEP has given some of them an opportunity to learn in-demand job skills through four-month internships. Check the article out to learn more.