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February 5, 9:29 AM click here to comment > 7

You’re Invited!

Dear fellow Seattleites,

Mayor Mike McGinn invites you to participate in the Youth and Families Initiative, a major initiative announced during his inaugural address.

The children and families of our city are facing many difficult challenges. As a community, we need to talk about what we want for our kids and how best to create a healthy, positive and equitable environment for all families in our city.

Let’s start a discussion together and come up with a plan that works.

Please join us in attending one of five workshops, where trained facilitators will lead participants through the beginnings of this group discussion. If you are interested in volunteering with the Initiative, click here!

February 22 – Rainier Community Center 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 1 – Northgate Elementary School 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 8 – Van Asselt Elementary School 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 15 – Denny Middle School 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 22 – Garfield Community Center 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Activities for kids older than three years of age and light refreshments will be provided at each meeting. If English is not your primary language and you would like translation or interpretation, please notify the Department of Neighborhoods at 684-0464 so we can work to provide the best resources available.

It is only together that we can solve the deep, complex problem of how to create an equitable community for our great city’s youth and families. There is no one solution, no one program or person who can point our neighborhoods in the right direction.

We ask that you join us at the beginning of this discussion so that we may all work together toward the common goal of a stronger community.


Office of Mayor Mike McGinn

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Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson


Comment from Nic
Time February 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

Hi Mayor, I just want to comment on these events. First of all, translation and interpretation issues. If you are going to be hosting community meetings in divers neighborhood, please beard in mind that if people need translation then they will most likely not able to communicate through your translation and interpretation phone line to request for T & I. Secondly, I don’t see any plan listed above regarding outreach and getting the words out, how are you going to ensure all communities are aware of these events. Lastly, What’s the detail plan for the community inputs, in other words, how can you ensure that our community inputs are being heard and being use in a meaningful way. Thank you for your time and I am glad to see the Major is interested in getting community inputs, but more importantly, I would love to see this process to be as effective as it can be and sustainable (Not a one time events).

Comment from Aaron Pickus
Time February 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Hey, Nic. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. The phone line listed in the invitation is for a contact in the Department of Neighborhoods where they are trained to respond using several different languages. The invitation itself is being translated into, I believe, ten different languages. We are also working with a large team of people, both inside and outside of city government, to ensure that we reach the broadest possible sector of our city. The outreach methods are covering everything from department newsletters, promotion in traditional and non-traditional media, to outreach professionals in the community. We are setting up a powerful tool in the Mayor’s Office to collect and effectively organize the input we will be receiving to ensure that we can provide a meaningful response. This is only the start of the process and we hope that the robust organizing efforts both inside and outside government is proof of our commitment to engage our community in a meaningful way. I hope this addresses you concerns and feel free to email me at

Comment from Kim Estes – PEACE of Mind
Time February 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm


Are there opportunities for organizations to donate presentations on topics such as safety, parent education, etc?

Comment from Toni
Time February 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

Really excited at the turnout of the Town Hall meeting at Rainier Community Center on Monday. A lot of participation and ideas concerning youth and families. My first interaction with our mayor and staff. Happy to see Mayor Rice. Looking forward to working towards solutions.

Comment from Bill – Language Course Expert
Time May 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

Activities in a community are very important. All residents should come together and help each other out.

Comment from Birth Announcements
Time June 25, 2010 at 2:01 am

It’s cool that folks are writing to the mayor through the blog. I wish I had opportunity to communicate with my mayor in this manor.

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