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Archive for June, 2011
White Center CDA staff joined residents from the Greenbridge neighborhood and Family Connections staff (Mt. View Elementary and White Center Heights Elementary) to advocate for the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries at the King County Library System’s (KCLS) board of trustees meeting in Issaquah last night.
A large contingent of White Center’s community attended last night’s KCLS board of trustees monthly meeting to advocate against the closing and consolidation of the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries. Among them were residents from the Greenbridge neighborhood to provide their perspectives on how a potential closure will effect them and their families. Lan Le and Anab Abdulle from Family Connections provided interpretation in Vietnamese and Somali, respectively.
The experience for our Greenbridge neighbors was a new one - many of them had not been to Issaquah but were eager to speak in front of the board. They spoke about access, how their families utilize the libraries, and how closing the libraries will have an effect on the Greenbridge library (located inside the YWCA learning center).
The board heard from many other White Center representatives, notably the White Center Library Guild, who have been longtime advocates of the libraries and leading a campaign to “Save Our Libraries”. Over 1,700 signatures were collected by the Guild and community partners, which was presented to the board by Astha Tada of the Guild. King County council member Joe McDermott was also in attendance to reiterate his support of the community.
The KCLS board of trustees decided to defer their decision of library consolidation of the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries until a decision about annexation is made by the City of Burien. We will provide more information about the library situation on this blog (as well as Facebook and Twitter) as it develops.Post a comment
The White Center CDA supports the current efforts of the Save Our Libraries campaign, led through the grassroots community efforts of the White Center Library Guild. Below is CDA’s message sent out to the community to attend the next King County Library System’s Board of Trustees meeting on June 28. The next Guild meeting is on Monday, June 20, 1:00pm at the White Center Library.
Start of message:
There has been a proposal at the King County level to possibly close/consolidate both the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries. In response, the White Center Library Guild launched a “Save Our Libraries” campaign to advocate for these libraries and to stress its importance to the community. The Guild has created a petition that can be signed in front of the libraries and at various community events. Read news coverage about it here: http://tinyurl.com/SaveOurLibrariesWCBP.
The King County Library System Board of Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, June 28 to further discuss this issue. Join the White Center Library Guild, White Center CDA and concerned community members to let the board know how important these libraries are to you, your family and your community!
WHO: Supporters of our White Center / Boulevard Park Libraries!
WHAT: King County Library System Board of Trustees meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 5:00pm
WHERE: KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, 98027 (TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED, INFO BELOW)
WHY: To advocate for our libraries, our youth, our neighbors and our neighborhood’s future!
The first 30 minutes of this meeting is open to public comment. Those who wish to speak may sign up at the beginning.
We understand that transportation may be a barrier, so please call (206) 694-1082 or email email@example.com and let us know if you need a ride to the meeting and back to White Center. Meet us at the White Center CDA office at 3:00pm. Our White Center CDA van and other vehicles will leave the White Center CDA parking lot at 3:30pm.Post a comment
The White Center CDA, alongside many partners/parents in the Highline School District, has been a participant in Highline Public Schools‘ process in developing its new brand and logo. Branding committee meetings began late 2010 through early 2011. The above is a report to stakeholders regarding the branding process and development of a new logo for the district. Continue reading below for the complete branding report.
In an effort to better gauge the perception of the school district and the effectiveness of its communications with and to parents, community members, school board members, community-based organizations, and school district employees, Highline Public Schools conducted research and work sessions that included a communications audit, an online survey, five focus groups, a planning session with the district Senior Leadership Team and four work sessions with the district’s Brand Advisory team.
The purpose of the research was to obtain a thorough understanding of people’s perceptions of the district - who it is, where it’s going, where it falls short, where it exceeds, etc. Additionally, it was important to understand how people feel about the communications they receive from the district. Is the district effectively communicating the right types of information, at the right time, and in the right ways? What can it do better? What can it keep doing? Are there incremental fixes needed or monumental changes?
The focus was to start broadly with an online survey. From those quantitative findings, we were able to focus in and then glean more qualitative data at the focus group level where we could more deeply discuss topics and issues and draw out valuable input from the participants.
It’s with this comprehensive collection of data that the district moved forward into a branding process with the Brand Advisory Team, aimed at aligning its vision with its messages and visual look (logo) and essentially defining and strengthening its overall brand as a school district.Post a comment
GiveBIG today to the White Center CDA! Just click on the link to make an easy, credit card donation through the Seattle Foundation - and today only (until midnight), the Seattle Foundation will match part of your gift to the CDA!
GiveBIG begins at 7:00 a.m. and runs through 11:59 p.m. on June 23, 2011. This is a 17-hour period.
How does the “stretch pool” and match work?
Is there a minimum contribution?
What makes an organization eligible to participate in GiveBIG?
The Tenants Union of Washington (TU) offers free drop-in tenant counseling services to assist people with questions about landlord-tenant laws and discuss strategies to prevent housing loss. The TU is expanding its services and opening new satellite clinics to reach further into North, Southeast, and West Seattle, as well as increasing its tenant hotline hours. Tenants with questions about their rights can now contact our hotline at (206) 723-0500 from 10am-12:30am Monday through Wednesday.
The Tenants Union is very excited to be partnering with two great agencies -Southwest Youth and Family Services and North Helpline - to launch the new drop-in clinics in Southwest and Northeast Seattle. Beginning in June 2011, Tenant Counselors will be available at these locations to answer questions about tenant’s rights:
West Seattle, 5-7pm every Wednesday (Interpretation Available)
Lake City, 5-7pm every Thursday
Columbia City, 2-4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
These services are FREE and open to the public and are on a first-come first-serve basis. Please note that translation services are available in all languages at the West Seattle site only. Please contact Tenants Union staff Kylin Parks (206) 722-6848 x 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.Post a comment
The Promise Neighborhood Community Engagement Approach is community friendly and culturally competent. It has a couple of components including an educational/information campaign and survey. The Survey is available through a variety of means and in many home languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Somali & Arabic). The Effort has an emphasis on going to the people to learn from them and start where people live.
Residents & Community Members from White Center Promise Zone, White Center Community Development Association, King County Housing Authority, Highline Public Schools, Southwest Youth and Family Services and Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington have been engaging parents over the past month and a half through a community survey. Parents are asked about what it takes for their children to be successful in school and life. Parents share their hopes for great schools and quality teachers where their children can feel supported to be successful and confident. Many parents share that their support networks include their parents, family members, caring professionals, church, and after school programs. Neighborhood Mothers and Fathers also talk about the need for community centers, counseling programs, free activities for youth during the summer and tutoring programs.
Spring Clean, May 14:
CDA Membership Mixer (Social), May 20:
Math Market Nights and Coffee Hours:
Greenbridge Community Council Meeting, May 14:
Join the Promise Neighborhood Community Engagement Team and talk to your neighbors and parents about what it takes for their children to be successful in school and life. Share your ideas and opinions to guide a brighter future for the youth of White Center by taking the Promise Neighborhood Community Survey here - www.whitecenterpromise.org.Post a comment