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Barnaamijka Dhammaan Xiddigaha Emery oo Caruurta Baraya Arrimaha ku Saabsan 9-1-1

Barnaamijka Dhammaan Xiddigaha Emery oo Caruurta Baraya Arrimaha ku Saabsan 9-1-1

Posted on 05 September 2016 by admin

 

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Xaaladaha deg-degga way dhacaan mar kasta, iyo in la waco 9-1-1 waxa ay badbaadin kartaa nolol badan. Iyadoo la kaashanayo nashaadaad is dhex gal ku dhisan, barnaamijka cusub ee Dhammaan Xiddigaha Emery wuxuu ka caawini doonaa in caruurta [insert organizations] ku nool King County bartaan arrimaha ku saabsan iyo sida loo waco 9-1-1.

“Weligaa ma ogaan kartid marka aad baahan karto inaad wacdo 9-1-1. Imerjensiska ama xaaladaha degdegga ah waa dhacdooyin lama filaan ah, waana arrin la soo gudboonaan karta dhammaan dadka da’doodu kala duwan tahay oo dhan. Waana sababtaa aannu ugu baahan nahay inaannu hubinno in dhammaan dadka ku nool degmada King County gartaan sida loogu yeerto 9-1-1,” sidaa waxa yiri Kayreen Lum, Maamulaha Barnaamijka seddexaad III ee King County E-911.

Dad badan oo deggan degmada King County, gaar ahaan caruurta, kuma dareen fiicna wicitaanka 9-1-1, ama ma yaqaanaan sida loo waco 9-1-1. Iyadoo laga caawinayo caruurta sidii ay u baran lahaayeen sida, goorta, iyo goobta laga wacayo 9-1-1, Xafiiska Barnaamijka King County ee E-911 wuxuu bilaabay barnaamij cusub oo loogu magac daray (Emery All Stars) ama Dhammaan Xiddigaha Emery, kaasi oo magac ahaan u taagan Emery oo ah Emerjensi la soo koobay iyo “Shimbirka Penguin”, (Emergency Penguin)

Sannadkii 2015, Emery ama Emerjensiga Shimbirka Penguin wuxuu bilaabay sheekooyin-buugeed u gaar ah oo la yiraahdo, Emery and the Ice Carnival, oo loogu talo galay in wax lagu baro caruurta da’da iskuulka aan gaarin oo lagu barayo samee and ha sameynta ku saabsan marka la wacayo 9-1-1. Samarkan, barnaamijka Dhammaan Xiddigaha Emery wuxuu la xiriiri doonaa caruur cusub oo da’doodu u dhaxeyso 6 ilaa 10 jir, isagoo la macaamili doona afar hey’adood oo qeyb ahaan doona barnaamijyada Samarka. Hey’adahaasi oo kala ah, El Centro de la Raza, Southwest Youth & Family Services, Chinese Information and Service Center and Somali Youth & Family Club.

Caruurta waxa ay qaadan doonaan imtixaanno yar yar oo ku saabsan 9-1-1 ka hor ama ka dib fasalka si loo qiyaaso halka ay gaartay waxbarashadooda. Caruurta ugu darajada sarreysa waxa lagu soo bandhigi doonaa [insert media here]]. Laakinse cunug kasta ee ka mid ahaanaya fasalka waxa uu ka mid yahay Dhammaan Xiddigaha “Emery All Star”, sida ay tiri Lum, oo tilmaamaya in muhimmadda ugu weyn tahay in caruurtu la wadaagaan waxa ay barteen reerkooda iyo saaxiibbadooda. Fasalka waxa uu ugu deeqi doonaa aqoonta iyo qalabka ay noloshooda ku dabbaran karaan waxbarashadan ka dib.

Barnaamijka Emery ee Dhammaan Xiddigaha wuxuu bari doonaa caruurta muhimmadaha loogu yeero 9-1-1:

  1. Ogow sida: Inaad si dhab ah u fahamto sida loo isticmaalo telefoonkaaga marka la wacayo 9-1-1.
  2. Ogow goorta: Kaliya wac 9-1-1 marka ay jirto khatar dhab ah.
  3. Ogow goobta: Mar kasta ogow goobta saxda ah eed ku sugan tahay. Ma taqaanaa adreeska? “Caruurta oo hore loo baro goorta ay wacayaan 9-1-1, sida ay u wacayaan 9-1-1-, iyo waxyaabaha loo baahan yahay marka ay wacayaan 9-1-1 muhiim uma aha kaliya bed-qabkooda ama nabaddooda balse waxey sidoo kale faa’iido u leedahay qoysaskooda iyo bulshadooda,” ayey tiri Lum.
  4. “Barista caruurta sida ‘samee ama ha sameynta’ ku saabsan 9-1-1 iyadoo lala kaashanayo Emery, waxanu dooneynaa iney guriga aadaan lana wadaagaan waxa ay barteen waalidiintooda iyo xubnaha kale ee qoyska.”

Farriimo ku jeeda waalidiinta:

  • Telefoonnada duqoobay ee xumaaday waxa caadiyan loo siiyaa caruurta sida qalab ay ku ciyaaraan, xittaa iyadoo telefankaasi xumaaday oon shaqeyneynin laga wici karaa 9-1-1. Marka caruurtu si lama filaan ah u wacaan, wuxuu koolku ku xirmayaa khadka 9-1-1 kaasi oo booska ka riixaya wicitaannada kale ee muhiimka ah ama dhabta ah.
  • Kingcounty.gov/911 wuxuu siinayaa waalidka tabooyin iyo qalab kala duwan si iyaga iyo caruurtooda ugu carbismaan wicitaanka 9-1-1.
    • Buugga midabeysan ee u gaarka ah Emery. Baro “samee iyo ha sameynta” loo baahan yahay marka la wacayo 9-1-1. 
    • Heesta Emerjensiga Emery 9-1-1. La hees Emery si aad u barato sida goorta, iyo halka looga baahan yahay wicitaanka 9-1-1. 
    • Telefoonka Gacanta ee Emery 9-1-1. Daabaco boggan si aad ugu tabo-barato wicitaanka 9-1-1 marka aad isticmaaleyso telefoonka caaqilka ah “smartphone”! 

Ka warran haddaan u baahdo inaan waco 9-1-1?

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  1. Ogow halka aad joogto. Ogaanshaha goobta ama halka aad ku sugan tahay marka xaal imerjensi ah aad ku sugan tahay waa arrin muhiim ah si aad u hesho gacan siin. Gaar ahaan marka aad ka soo waceyso telefankaaga gacanta. Haddii aad taqaano adreeskaaga, dhaqsi u sheeg. Haddaadan aqoon, ka eeg eeg hareerahaaga calaamooyin sida magaca jidka aad joogto ama meylka jidka lambarkiisu ee ku qoran waddada dhinaceeda.
  2. Sheeg dhibka ku heysta. Si fiican isugu day inaad is dejiso, si fasiix ah u hadal isla markaana u sheeg sababta aad ugu baahan tahay adeeg deg deg ah. U sheeg qofka teleefanka kaa qabtay nooca gacan siinta aad u baahan tahay sida: Booliis, dab-damis, ama kooxda ambalaasta.
  3. Bixi magacaaga iyo lambarka telefankaaga. Kooxda telefoonada 9-1-1 waxa ay u baahan doonaan magacaaga iyo numbarkaaga haddii ay dhacdo in khadku go’o, iyo sidoo kale kooxda kuu iman doonta oo kaala soo xiriiri doona haddii ay dhacdo iney u baahdaan.
  4. Khadka ku sii jir. Waxa laga yaabaa in lagu weydiiyo su’aalo is xig-xiga inta kooxda laguu soo diray weli ku soo gaarin. Raac tilmaamaha uu ku siinayo qofka kaala hadlaya xarunta 9-1-1 hana dhigin telefoonka inta laguu sheegayo dhigistiisa, iney jirto mooyee khatar aad u daran oo naftaada helis ku ah.

Xaqiiqooyin ku saabsan 9-1-1

  • 9-1-1 waxa ay u taagan tahay xaalad deg-deg ah oo kaliya. Wac xarunta shaqooyinka ee booliska ama qeybta dab-damiska ee magaalada ama hey’adaha kale ee ku habboon haddii aadan ku heysan deg-deg kugu kalifta 9-1-1.
  • Ka warran haddaan si qaldan usoo waco 9-1-1? Khadka ku sii jir una sheeg qofka telefoonka kaa qabtay iney kaa aheyd si lama filaan ah oo gacantu kaaga dhacday. Markaa sidaas sameyso, qofka telefoonka qabtay dib kuu soo wici maayo ama inuu boolis u soo diro gurigaaga uma baahan doono si laguu hubiyo.
  • 9-1-1 waxa ay u furan tahay cid kasta. Adeeg turjumaan ayaa ku diyaar ah oo ku baxa in ka badan 170 luqadood, waxana kooxda telefoonka qabata loo carbiyey sida loo isticmaalo TTY iyo sida loogu adeego dadka dhegaha la’, maqalku ku adag yahay, ama dhib ku qaba hadalka.

Ka Hortag Kadis u Wicidda 9-1-1

Maalin kasta degmada King County, in ka badan 5,000 oo jeer ayaa la soo wacaa 9-1-1. Nus kaliya wicitaannadaasi ayaa ah wicitaanno dhab ahaan ku saabsan xaalad emerjensi ah, inta kale ama waa si lama kuwo si filaan faruhu ugu dhaceen ama xaalado aan shuqul ku laheyn emerjensi.

Hal ka mida 5 wicitaan ee degmada King County waa kuwo kam ah oo ka dhasha telefoon ku heynta jeebka, boorsada ama ciyaalka oo loo daayo iney ku ciyaaraan telefoonka.

“Waxa muhiim ah in waalidku indhaha ku hayo caruurtooda marka ay ku ciyaarayaan telefoonnada”, sidaa waxa yiri Lum. “Dadka waaweyn waxa loo baahan yahay iney ka digtoonadaan siyaabaha si aksiden ah ama kam ah loogu wici karo 9-1-1 iyo iney sameeyaan wax kasta oo looga hortagi karo si aaney u dhicin qaladyo noocaasi.”

Dad badan oo deggan degmada King County waa ay isla yaabaan marka ay ogaadaan iney si qalad ah u soo waceen 9-1-1. Haddii ay sidan dhacdo, ayey tiri Lum, waa inaad khadka ku jirtaa una sheegtaa qofka telefoonka kaa qabtay ee 9-1-1 iney aheyd wicitaan aadan ula jeedin oo qalad kaaga dhacay. Sababta waxa ay tahay, ayey leedahay, qolooyinka telefoonka qabta oo aan u baahan doonin iney dib kuu soo wacaan haddii aad “telefoonka demiso”. Haddii ay jawaab waayaan iyaguna aaney xaqiijin karin in wicitaanku ahaa mid kam ama qalad ahaa, waxa ku waajib noqonaya iney u soo diraan booliis halka laga soo wacay si loo hubiyo xaalka qofka soo wacay.

Waqti badan iyo hanti badan ayaa xarumaha 9-1-1 iyo kooxda gurmadka uga lunta wicitaannada si qaldan u dhaca ee haddana la damiyo.

“Waa arrin aad u muhiim ugu ah qof kasta iyo da’ kasta oo qofku jiro inaad taqaano sababaha asaasiga ah ee loo soo waco 9-1-1,” ayey tiri Lum. “Ogaanshaha marka aad u baahan tahay inaad wacdo 9-1-1 iyo marka aadan u baahneyn waa arrin badbaadin karta naf.”

Waxa barnaamijkan idin suurto geliyey Xafiiska Barnaamijka ee King County E-911

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White House Education Official to Address Summer Interns

White House Education Official to Address Summer Interns

Posted on 20 August 2016 by admin

SEATTLE –Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans, David J. Johns addressed several hundred Seattle Youth Employment Program participants annual event to celebrate the end of the summer session.  Johns spoke to the interns about President Obama’s desire to restore the country to its role as a global leader in education and to improve educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages. Johns will talk about how the City’s investments in youth—which span, education, employment, violence prevention and health—prepare young adults for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives. R5

 

The City of Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) supports participants with comprehensive internship opportunities aimed at meeting the employment needs of underserved youth and young adults in our community. The program promotes work readiness and ultimately strengthens career development. In 2015, the City launched the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative (MYEI) which generated 2,000 job opportunities for underserved youth and young adults in Seattle in 2015, doubling the previous year’s efforts by leveraging partnerships with private-sector employers.R4R2

 

 

 

Mayor Ed Murray remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring youth and young adults in Seattle are achieving academic success, have opportunities for meaningful employment, are safe and free from justice system involvement, and are healthy, physically, socially, and emotionally.  The Human Services Department invests more than $13M annually in youth services, including the Seattle Youth Employment Program.

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Career Opportunity for Highway Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Career Opportunity for Highway Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Posted on 20 July 2016 by admin

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The Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color received $75K from the Pre-apprenticeship & Support Services Grant program through the Washington State Department of Transportation as part of a pilot project to provide outreach and recruitment for a 4 week pre- apprenticeship program developed by the Iron workers to provide direct training and job placement opportunities in the highway construction industry.

Pre-apprenticeship training is a great way for participants to:

  • Explore and learn about exciting careers
  • Qualify to meet the minimum standards for selection to a Registered Apprenticeship program
  • Benefit from classroom and technology-based training
  • Get a start on career-specific training with viable career pathway opportunities
  • Build your literacy, math, English, and work-readiness skills employers desire and
  • Advance into a Registered Apprenticeship program

WSDOT and these apprenticeship programs could create an opportunity to have livable wage jobs and a brighter future for many enrolled in the program.

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The Washington State Department of Transportation grant program provides training and support service opportunities for females and minorities that want to enter the highway construction trades.  Individuals can then be employed by private companies to work for years building and expanding highways and improving roads that voters have demanded. 

Free Classes begin: August 29, 2016—September 23, 2016

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Creative Justice & 4Culture Honored with National Public Art Award

Creative Justice & 4Culture Honored with National Public Art Award

Posted on 17 June 2016 by admin

Session 2 participant. Creative Justice 2015.  Timothy Aguero Photography.

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Incarceration alternative advances individual and systemic transformation

June 17, 2016 – 4Culture’s Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration for young people in King County, Washington has been recognized with a Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review award.

Piloted in 2015, the program is funded by Percent for Art revenue generated through the design and construction of the county’s new Children and Family Justice Center—which will collocate the region’s juvenile court and jail—and a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Forty eight youth facing criminal charges worked with mentor artists – Aaron Counts, Daemond Arrindell, Nikkita Oliver, Otieno Terry, and Shontina Vernon – instead of being detained. In exchange for their creative work and through partnership with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, participants received community service credit, cash stipends, and a range of court benefits. Of the 48 participants, 29 had their charges dismissed. King County is now asking that the program be expanded in 2016 and beyond.

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Creative Justice is one of 38 outstanding public artworks to be honored by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. PAN is the only national program that specifically celebrates the most compelling public art. Three of the projects recognized this year were supported by Washington State organizations.

Creative Justice, 4Culture’s newest socially engaged initiative, offers an arts-based alternative to incarceration for court-involved young people, intentionally designed to empower individual and systemic transformation.

Professionally trained mentor artists engage participants in community-centered, multi-disciplinary arts learning experiences. The youth are taught within a trauma-informed framework that recognizes healing is a fundamental part of addressing the needs of communities impacted by oppression, and a cultural curriculum that equips them with the skills and insights to dismantle structures of racism and rebuild a world that supports their wholeness.

www.creativejustice.4culture.org

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Innovative Way for Young People to get reconnected to Education and Employment Resources!

Innovative Way for Young People to get reconnected to Education and Employment Resources!

Posted on 03 June 2016 by admin

The Road Map Project, in partnership with King County Employment and Education Resources, announce the official launch of www.ReOpp.org, a website devoted to connecting youth and young adults ages 16 to 24, particularly those who did not finish high school, to education programs and employment pathways.  The site was designed with youth in mind and provides multimedia content, much of which was developed by youth.  Visitors to www.ReOpp.org will find success stories, answers to frequently asked questions, and a wealth of community resources, including events and program listings. This website isaccompanied by social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter, to better reach and serve youth throughout King County.   

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“Young people leave school for many difficult reasons,” said Mario Bailey, Reconnect to Opportunity’s Outreach and Recruitment Manager. “With this new website and our outreach team, we hope to make going back to school an easy choice.”

Young people interested in taking the next step may call Reconnect to Opportunity’s hotline (206-263-8244) or complete a web form, both tools are accessible from any page on the site.  Upon reaching out, they will discuss their goals with trained outreach specialists whose job is to help young people determine what program or school best fits their needs.  

Reconnect to Opportunity supports the King County Re-engagement Network, a system of second-chance schools offering high school diplomas, GEDs, and postsecondary transition support throughout our region.  This strategy is led by King County Employment and Education Resources, with support from the Community Center for Education Results, which staffs the Road Map Project, and other partners.  The vision for this strategy is to facilitate access to programs, especially as more re-engagement options become available in King County. 

The work being done by Reconnect to Opportunity has been covered by both the Seattle Times and Univision Seattle, click the links below to learn more about how this partnership is reaching youth.

  • Seattle Times: “No diploma? No job? A team of educators, outreach workers and one former NFL player want to help”
  • Univsion Seattle (en Espanol): Una Buena Oportunidad de Trabajo para los Jovenes

About CCER & Road Map Project

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The Community Center for Education Results is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to dramatically improving education results in South Seattle and South King County.  It was founded in 2010 and provides support to the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort with a vision to drive student achievement from cradle to career.  For more information, visit www.roadmapproject.org.

About King County Employment and Education Resources

The mission of King County Employment and Education Resources is to provide opportunities for youth and adults to prepare for and obtain great jobs.  We play a critical role in developing economic and workforce opportunities in our region and lead the Seattle-King County WorkSource System.  For more information about our services, please visit us at www.kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/employment-and-education-resources.aspx.

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City opens applications for Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Posted on 05 April 2016 by admin

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Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative aims to fill 4000 positions

SEATTLE (April 4, 2016) – Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) opened the 2016 application process for the 10th annual Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is a part of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative—a citywide effort to address high youth unemployment (currently 13 percent), while bridging the talent divide and investing in our future.

“Building on last year’s efforts, we are working with business leaders and community partners to expand the most vigorous youth employment program Seattle has seen in decades,” said Mayor Ed Murray.  “This program will help our most at-risk youth develop skills to compete in the 21st Century economy.”

Last year, the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative offered 2000 young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at businesses throughout the City. This year the City is expanding the program to 4000 youth.

HSD’s Youth Employment Program will contribute to the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative by supporting underserved youth and young adults in our community with comprehensive internship opportunities aimed at meeting their employment needs

The Summer Internship Program is open to youth and young adults, age 14-24 who live in the city of Seattle. Those interested in applying for summer jobs can complete the Online Application Information Form or pick up a hard copy application at 810 Third Avenue, 4th Floor, Suite 420, Seattle, WA 98104 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The complete application must be received online, mailed or dropped off by 5 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016.

Students without computer access are encouraged to utilize computers available at Seattle Public Libraries, Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers, Seattle public high schools, WorkSource Centers, and other community based organizations to complete their applications.

If you are an employee or owner of a business and want to support the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, you can:

  • Host one or more Youth Employment Initiative interns
  • Provide philanthropic support for interns by donating to the initiative; or
  • Create or expand your company’s youth employment program.

Employers are encouraged to visit murray.seattle.gov/youthjobs for more details or to sign up for the Initiative.

 

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Homeless

Annual Count Shows Youth Homelessness Steady in Seattle-King County

Posted on 03 April 2016 by admin

 

Strong focus on pHomelessrevention and innovative new models in 2016 will help more youth exit homelessness

 For the second consecutive year, 824 homeless or unstably housed young people ages 12 to 25 were identified during Count Us In—All Home’s annual youth-specific point-in-time (PIT) count. This number includes 131 young people who were unsheltered at the time of the count on January 27, compared to 133 last year. The fact that the total number of homeless or unstably housed young people did not increase during the past year, a time of great challenges related to homelessness in our community, is notable.

“The stability of these numbers is a testament to the work our community has done to identify and support homeless youth, but our work is not done,” said All Home Director Mark Putnam. “Homelessness in King County is in a state of emergency and every homeless young person we help today is one less at risk of becoming a homeless adult. In the coming year, All Home and its partners will increase our prevention efforts and work with upstream systems to make youth homelessness more rare, pilot new housing and services to make youth homelessness brief, and improve education and employment opportunities to ensure that homelessness is a one-time occurrence.”

Count Us In occurs alongside the community’s One Night Count, an annual PIT count of people experiencing homelessness. Count Us In allows for a deeper dive into the scope of youth and young adult homelessness to inform planning and services to meet the needs of this unique population. The effort is regarded as one of the largest youth-specific PIT counts in the country, with survey data collected at more than 70 sites throughout Seattle-King County and supplemented by data from the regional Homeless Management Information System.

Mary Steele, Executive Director of New Horizons Ministries, one of the Count Us In partner sites, said “New Horizons worked with All Home and the United Way of King County to host a Community Resource Exchange on the day of Count Us In, so that youth being counted could also receive basic services like haircuts, dental care, and referrals to other programs. We were able to serve almost 100 young people who stay in our shelter and attend our drop in programs regularly, as well as young people who aren’t already involved in our programs. The line for haircuts lasted all day and many participants took advantage of a fresh look to meet with prospective employers and job training programs.”

In addition to defining the scope of youth homelessness in King County, Count Us In results paint a clear picture of who these young people are and where they come from. Homeless or unstably housed youth and young adults were identified in nearly every zip code in the county. They are disproportionately Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (27 percent) and youth of color (53 percent)—two populations prioritized in All Home’s work on youth homelessness.

Similarly, the data shows opportunities for prevention and early intervention. Nearly a quarter (22 percent) of youth surveyed have been in foster care, 38 percent are enrolled in school, and roughly half (49 percent) have encountered the criminal justice system. Each of these touch-points will play an increasingly important role as All Home looks to complement crisis response services with a concerted effort to prevent young people from falling into crisis in the first place. In addition, King County’s Best Starts for Kids levy includes $19 million for a Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative, providing a new opportunity to prevent homelessness in this population.

Seattle-King County will strengthen its work to understand the needs of homeless young people in the coming months, having been selected as one of 22 partner communities in a new national study led by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. The study—dubbed Voices of Youth Count—will conduct an additional youth PIT count and surveys later this year at each of its study locations. The results will inform national best practices on youth homelessness data collection methods and enable a national estimate of youth homelessness.

“King County has been a leader in recognizing the importance of having reliable data to end youth homelessness,” said Bryan Samuels, Executive Director of Chapin Hall.  “By participating in Voices of Youth Count – and using new ways to count and understand the experiences of homeless youth – King County both will contribute to and benefit from the Voices of Youth Count national learning community. Together we will progress toward an effective, coordinated national and regional response to end the cycle of youth homelessness.”

Additional details about Count Us In data and the All Home Comprehensive Plan are available on All Home’s website at http://www.allhomekc.org

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All Home is a community-wide partnership to make homelessness in King County rare, brief and one-time. Bringing together local governments, religious institutions, non-profits, philanthropic organizations, shelter and housing providers, the private sector and engaged citizens in a coordinated effort that both responds to the immediate crisis of homeless individuals and addresses the root causes of the problem in our region.

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Council Authorizes Fund for Alternatives to Youth Incarceration

Posted on 17 March 2016 by admin

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SEATTLE – Council authorized $600,000 today with a unanimous vote (9-0) that will be dedicated to programs that provide alternatives to youth incarceration, including mentorship, intervention services, or other solutions.  Last year, Council resolved to pursue policies that would lead toward the goal of zero incarceration of juveniles in Seattle, and, at the urging of community members, Council identified money in the City budget to begin developing solutions to divert youth from jails. 

 Today’s vote lifted a proviso held on the $600,000 and releases the funds to the Social Justice Fund (SJF) nonprofit.  Using a new funding model, community volunteers, including affected youth, will determine which diversion programs will receive funding via a community-based competitive bid process. SJF will recruit 15-25 affected youth, community members, and parents to determine which community organizations will receive funds to identify alternatives to youth incarceration. The volunteers will learn how to fundraise and write grants to further increase the amount of money available for diversion programs. 

 “This vote today comes as a result of dedicated, compassionate and effective advocacy from community members who brought the issue of juvenile incarceration to the forefront,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien.  “If we’re going to identify alternatives to discipline and punishment, it’s going to come from the wisdom of the affected communities.”

 Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Chair of the Civil Rights Committee said, “This innovative, community-led alternative will allow those disproportionally incarcerated to determine the best way to meaningfully address the fact that Washington ranks first in the United States for jailing youth for offences such as truancy and running away from home.”

 James Williams, community organizer and member of the Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) movement, said, “The Zero Youth Detention resolution and $600,000 that were set aside in the most recent City budget only happened because of the No New Youth Jail movement that has been building in Seattle for the past several years. Since 2012, young people and organizers from Seattle’s Black community have been building a movement to stop the construction of a $210 million dollar New Youth Jail. Since 2014, much of the work has been led by an anti-racist community organizing group called Ending Prison Industrial Complex. EPIC and the No New Youth Jail campaign have supported expanded use of community led alternatives to detention and addressing root causes of poverty.

“EPIC are part of a vast community network and build on the works of community organizers who have been doing this before us. Our work is guided by the Peoples Institute Anti-Racist organizing principles. I believe we have only been able to accomplish what we have and kept the movement building this long is because our work is principled and we have been deliberate about being led by communities most affected. In the past few years, we have brought together a lot of people who understand the Youth Jail is moving in the wrong direction.

“Right now, the resolution is just words on paper. I believe it will only work, those promises will only be kept, if the movement continues to build and community keeps pressure on elected officials to do the right thing.”

 

 

 

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ARI Project 13

Young East Africans Aim High with ARI

Posted on 03 December 2014 by admin

Runta- Seattle

Recovery through Journalism has received wide support among the East African Community in Seattle. Under the newly established nonprofit called “Awareness and Recovery Institute (ARI)”, the project trained 8 East African Youth, the majority of whom are Somalis. During the training, the youth participated in reading, writing, computer aided reporting, and photography workshops. Soon after the training, the youth started practicing what they had learned.  In accordance with the project plan, the students are now providing photographs and some short writing to the East African newspaper, Runta,ARI Project 14

Recovery through Journalism has received wide support among the East African Community in Seattle. Under the newly established nonprofit called “Awareness and Recovery Institute (ARI)”, the project trained 8 East African Youth, the majority of whom are Somalis. During the training, the youth participated in reading, writing, computer aided reporting, and photography workshops. Soon after the training, the youth started practicing what they had learned.  In accordance with the project plan, the students are now providing photographs and some short writing to the East African newspaper, Runta,

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Thanks to the City of Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund which funded the project, the students had the opportunity to visit many places including the Seattle Times, University of Washington, Sports events, community events, and many other places.

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Camera in Action

Camera in Action

Posted on 13 November 2014 by admin

 

From the “Recovery through Journalism Project” which has trained 8 young East Africans to report for Runta! Continue Reading

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