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Youth and Family Initiative

During his inaugural address, Mayor Mike McGinn announced a Youth and Family Initiative. The co-chairs of the new initiative are former mayor Norm Rice, former deputy mayor Bob Watt and Estela Ortega, executive director at El Centro de la Raza.

McGinn also announced that there would be five meetings around Seattle to engage citizens in the process of addressing the important issues that our city’s youth and families face everyday. All the meetings are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The dates and locations of the meetings are as follows:

February 22 – Rainier Community Center
March 1 – Northgate Elementary School
March 8 – Van Asselt Elementary School
March 15 – Denny Middle School
March 22 – Garfield Community Center

We hope that you will attend one of the engagement meetings. Please feel free to attend as many as you like. For those who cannot make it out to any of the meetings, we are working on putting together a strong web presence for the initiative so that you can share your input online. Or, send us a letter or give our office a call. We want to hear your ideas.

We look forward to working with Seattle’s citizens to improve everyday lives, conditions and opportunities for everyone. We are going to solve these issues together.

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Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson

Comments

Comment from Kelly Powers
Time January 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

Hi Mayor McGinn and Staff, Sudents in Franklin High School’s Public Service Academy might have lot to contribute to this conversation. Al Snyder is the director: acsnyder@seattleschools.org

Comment from Charlie Mas
Time January 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

The City could improve security in and around schools – from crossing guards to police.
Sidewalks are a youth and family issue.
There are things that the City could do to help the school district, like take over some property management expenses.

Comment from Sarel Rowe
Time February 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Hi Mayor McGinn, kids and teens use libraries as afterschool destinations. They use computers and meet with friends. In 15 neighborhoods kids will find their libraries closed Friday and Sunday after Feb 3 and hours on other llibrary days are reduced. This is an important issue for students and families.

Comment from Bob Lebo
Time February 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Greetings Mayor McGinn,
I am a graduate student at Seattle U in a program that is training us as leaders of sustainable, meaningful change in organizations & society. I am also a full-time employee of The Boeing Company, which cares deeply about seeing Seattle become a world-class city with well-educated students having the skills necessary to join the workforce at the many fine companies here in our region. As a concerned parent (and grandparent), I commend you for this Youth & Family Initiative, and I plan to attend and participate in your upcoming sessions.
Thank you!

Comment from Liz
Time March 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I just wanted to drop you a line to voice my support for this invaluable program. As a single mother of a 14 year old and a 9 year old, the transition from elementary school to middle school was a little nerve-wracking. Going from school and wraparound care to nothing is pretty abrupt for many kids. The OST program really provides some invaluable support to both kids and parents.

This program provides structure, support and inclusion by a peer group with similar interests to the kids. It promotes a “get involved” attitude in preparation for high school. It allows kids to “try out” an amazing variety of really cool stuff in an program where I don’t need to manage pickup, drop off, tuition, etc. I don’t know any program in the city where kids can rock climb, weight lift, learn cooking, hip-hop dance, act, sing, dance or develop a Rock Band performance. The OST team both onsite and at Parks and Rec are truly amazing.

I think also it provides a huge social benefit. For the parents (especially those of us that work outside the home) it alleviates the 3-4 hours of “dead time” 5 days a week that pre-teens and teens are very willing to fill up with activities not necessarily beneficial to them.

Sorry I missed your 3/1 support meeting. Thanks again for all you do.
Liz

Comment from Gail Longo
Time April 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I was not able to attend the meetings, however I did drop off a cd at the mayors office before the last meeting. . It is a slide presentation of the community work that our non-profit has been doing through the community alignment initiative.I made one for our mayor and one for Nick Licata.I plan to send one to Larry Phillips as well,because King County knows of our work with families,students and children in our community.
For the past 6 years ,our non-profit has worked in partnership with SPS CTE and Family and Consumer Sciences Department to provide a Montessori Lab School for students studying human development and parenting. Ours is a “”field site” on the campus where students are introduced to a unique environment for learning that is prepared for a community of children ages 3 to 5 years old who attend the childcare. High School students learn to write observations, prepare portfolios of their work,and acquire STARS credits. Together in collaboration with the Career and Technical Ed.Program,we bring current information and add resources to enhance opportunities and enrich the the curriculum for all students enrolled in these two classes. Students may intern in the Lab after completing one semester of human development. they gain internship opportunities learning with professionals in the childcare Lab.Together with Family and Consumer Sciences,we arrange community presentations on Compassionate communication and have been awarded grants to improve social/emotional skills for all ages. Students have benefitted in many areas of learning. We introduced emotional literacy skills and were the first high school in Seattle to introduce the Humanities Washington project called”Motheread” to connect students with preschool children through reading to them.
We were inspired and now this program is being shut down by program placement without a word of recognition. I would like everyone to know that this model is worth reviewing. Although small ,our partnership made giant steps. I would appreciate talking to the Mayor about this idea and have him speak to students , families graduates and interns who have gone through this program. Seattle Public schools provided a rent free space and we provided an outstanding opportunity for student and community participation bringing generations together.

Comment from Rick N.
Time June 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Thanks for recognizing the need for this type of program and then working so hard to implement these changes and improvements. Our children will benefit greatly!

Comment from Sergio Bhat
Time June 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm

it’s very usefull for me thanks

Comment from Kathy Smith
Time February 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Family support workers within Seattle Public Schools have proven to be essential and effective linking high risk students to essential services. Without our family support workers…many students would fall through the cracks. I’ve had first hand experience watching positive outcomes because our family support workers have provided support to struggling students.

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