2nd Annual Rising Voices Oratory Competition

2nd Annual Rising Voices Oratory Competition

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, at South Shore PK-8, We. APP is preparing young scholars, ages 11 - 18, to compete in the 2nd Annual Rising Voices Oratory Competition. We need writers, public speakers, and actors/performance artists to sign up to conduct workshops to help students prepare for the competition. Please sign up to volunteer by Friday, March 24th.

Please be a part of our movement and sign up to volunteer!

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Please be a part of our movement and sign up to volunteer!

We.APP Young Artists Academy (YAA) students across six schools will compete to create a brave new movement of voices dedicated to truth and liberation on Saturday, May 6th, 10:30am - 1pm at South Shore PK - 8.

We.APP (We Act. Present. Perform.) is a public speaking company dedicated to teaching adults and youth ages 11-18 how to speak with purpose.

The We.APP Young Artists Academy (YAA) is a social justice elective offered in schools that integrates performance art and public speaking as a life skill to help youth focus and develop self-confidence

We.APP provides YAA programming in three school districts throughout the Greater Puget Sound region.  The program cultivates leadership through writing, speaking and presenting. YAA provides an in-school platform that inspires young scholars to write powerful narratives that captures their deepest feelings and aspirations. These narratives combat silence to promote literacy and inclusion which are critical towards disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

The Release of the 23rd Edition of the African American Business Directory

The Release of the 23rd Edition of the African American Business Directory

Please Join us as we celebrate the release of the 23rd Edition of The

African American Business Directory.

Saturday February 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM

New hope Missionary B. C. reception hall

124 – 21 Ave.  Seattle, WA 98122

We will be so happy if you will share this special occasion with us. This reception is not only for businesses, it is open to the public. This will help you to know where to find the small businesses you can support.

We would like for you to take a box of directories with you to distribute to your customers and community.

Contact Person: Lottie Cross 206-324-3114 Cell 206- 271-0311

Tacoma & Urban League Partner to Host a Community Real Estate Workshop

Tacoma & Urban League Partner to Host a Community Real Estate Workshop

The City of Tacoma's Community and Economic Development Department has partnered with Tacoma Urban League to host a free three-hour workshop designed to educate community members on how to build wealth for themselves or their family through real estate. The workshop - called "Let's Build Wealth: A Real Estate Workshop" - is scheduled to take place on March 25, from 9 a.m. – Noon, at Tacoma Urban League (2550 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma).

LaunchCode offers a FREE one of a kind tech training program at Seattle Central College

LaunchCode offers a FREE one of a kind tech training program at Seattle Central College

LaunchCode is a non-profit that provides FREE tech apprenticeships and computer science training programs. LaunchCode's goal is to eliminate socioeconomic barriers in Seattle's tech space. LaunchCode will be providing a FREE 20-week course on coding that will be running from April 1st to September 3rd 2017 Monday & Wednesday from 6-9 pm at Seattle Central College. Applications will be accepted until the 2nd week of March. Coding is in high demand and will continue to be a successful career path now and in the future. This opportunity is a valuable investment in the future of potential participants! And it is FREE, which is amazing! For more information please visit https://www.launchcode.org/

Black History Month Celebration at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

Black History Month Celebration at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

Come join Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church for their Black History Month Celebration! With the chaos of busy everyday life it is easy to let Black History Month slip away without really feeling like you have celebrated. Take the time to slow down and acknowledge the importance of this month! Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church gives you the opportunity to do just that!

Setting An Example with Global Investor Solutions

Setting An Example with Global Investor Solutions

Stationed in Bellevue, Global Investor Solutions is a real estate and investment company with a model worth calling attention to. They are a social enterprise, or a team of entrepreneurs using the techniques and practices of the private business sector to solve a social/cultural issue, that is focused on preserving community and neighborhood. Holding core values of transcendence, benevolence, authenticity, & personal development the company strongly mirrors the values of founder, Kenny Pleasant.

Pleasant, like a number of our youth today, was labeled “at risk” as a child. He attributes his turn around to mentorship, self-development, and God’s grace, and has made efforts to give back through his business and philanthropic efforts.

GIS offers clients multiple solutions when buying/selling, a tailored customer service experience, and sustainable developments for the community. They have set a shining example of how we can build our community as we build ourselves.

To stay updated on their work or find out more information, visit their website.

Building the Community at Village Spirit Center

Building the Community at Village Spirit Center

“Our Vision- Being genuine and authentic in the spirit of the village, we will work for the collective wellbeing of the Black community across western Washington in helping to elevate the social and economic realities of Black/African American families.”

There are a select number of entities that are truly working toward equity for the Black community. Oftentimes, to the detriment of our success, those that claim to aid us do so in a mad dash for resources or from a place of ill intention. We see a divergence from that theme of faux-advocacy with the Village Spirit Center.

Housed underneath Catholic Community Services, the VSC sprouted from an initiative charged with aiding communities of concern individually, including the African American community. It has been elevating the well-being of the Black community since its origin, under the leadership of Evelyn Allen. The work done at VSC has cultivated opportunities for the Black community in areas such as affordable housing, transformative services, and asset acquisition. They currently operate three residential properties with several more in their pipeline, offer on-site assistance for residents, and have opportunities for residents to learn about ownership and wealth building options.

The Village Spirit Center’s consideration of cultural norms and celebration of the Black community’s contribution are, no doubt, a product of its Black leadership. The genuine and authentic village-centered approach of VSC shows that we go farthest when we go together. To stay updated on what’s next for VSC, visit their website.

Seattle Growth Survey

Seattle Growth Survey

Yesler Community Collaborative, in partnership with Weber Shandwick Seattle, is working to better communicate and describe development in Seattle. They're now looking to Seattle residents to join the conversation on city's future via a quick survey. More information and a link to the survey are available here:


http://bit.ly/2dTWaFM

1st Class Education at First Place Schools, Inc.

1st Class Education at First Place Schools, Inc.

We must establish all over the country schools of our own to train our own children to become scientists, to become mathematicians... We intend to use the tools of education to help raise our people to an unprecedented level of excellence and self-respect through their own efforts.
— Malcolm X

The quote above, although given in 1964, has not become irrelevant. It is no secret that the American public school system is not a nurturing or empowering space for Black students. From biased and misleading textbooks to disproportionate disciplinary actions, the struggle our youth suffer during their school years becomes a microcosm of the larger society they will face.

Educators and community members all around the country have been working to counter the indoctrination and hindrance our youth endure by removing them from these unreceptive environments. In line with this plan of action, institutions like Seattle’s own, First Place, are necessary parts for the progression of our community.

First Place is a private, education-focused nonprofit that serves children and their families from a holistic, culturally relevant perspective. Not only do they provide personalized instruction, on-site counseling, and small class sizes for students; they offer tuition assistance, housing, and counseling services to qualifying families. First Place is a shining example of how our schools can be institutions of empowerment that are led for and by our own efforts. Started in 1989 by educators and social workers who noticed that homeless children were not attending school, the organization became one of four sites in the state to serve that population. They currently offer pre-kindergarten through first grade curriculum from their facility located in the heart of the Central District.

For more information of First Place Schools, Inc. visit their website.