"We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together" 
Bill Richardson

August 2016 

In this issue:  

Early this summer, the Bellevue School District lost funding for all of their spots of the Head Start preschool program - 151 allocations. Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) decided to eliminate funding for the Bellevue School District Head Start program after 17 years of subcontracting. Read about the work that has been undertaken to ensure children in Bellevue are school ready!

Dr. Tim Mills, Superintendent of Bellevue School District (BSD), met with Eastside Pathways to talk about the BSD's mission of providing all students an education so they can be successful in college, career and life. Read about how the relationship between BSD and Eastside Pathways is benefiting children in the community. 
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Our Stance Against Racial Violence 
In the wake of the violence against communities and the police across America, Eastside Pathways stands as a partnership and reinforces the call for equity in all systems and does not tolerate racial injustice nor violence from any person or system.

We utilize our community-wide partnership to build systemic support for all children and youth from cradle to career, follow the evidence-based Collective Impact Framework and believe in shared responsibility. One of the core tenets of the Partnership's work is racial equity. 

We seek to inform and change hearts, minds and the deeply-held, often unconscious biases that are frequently at the core of structural racism. By elevating awareness and understanding of the inequities faced by children of color in our community and by working together to change the way we support and partner, we seek to fundamentally improve outcomes for children and families confronted by these barriers and build pathways of opportunities for all.

"Eastside Pathways mobilizes community support for all children," said Amy R. Mack, executive director of Year Up Puget Sound and Eastside Pathways Partner Leadership Committee Chair. "It is our collective responsibility to ensure our children live in a peaceful, supportive community free of structural racism.

Join us against racial violence on Twitter with #ReasonsforHope
Most Eastside Pathways collaboratives meet monthly. Find out what happened at the last meeting and when the next one is! If you would like to attend a collaborative meeting and are new to the collaborative, please email the facilitator to let them know you will be attending to receive information in advance and any updates.  
New Partner Profile: 

The FISHPOND Preschool is a part of the Newport Presbyterian Church, offering a developmental Christian program for two year olds through pre-K. The philosophy of their early childhood program is geared to allowing children to investigate, create, discover, and motivating them to understand the world.

Please RSVP if you will be joining us! 
  Register here
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Juvenile Justice: Raising our Children in the Modern Village
An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu

Join Justice Yu as she shares her journey of vocation and focuses on her work relating to juvenile justice.  Appointed in 2014, Justice Yu is the first Asian, the first woman of color, and  the first member of the LGBT community to serve on the Washington Supreme Court.

Date: Sunday, August 28, 6:30pm
Location: St. Luke's Lutheran Church ( 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA)


SOAR - Putting the Pieces Together
Learn about the transformative power of community knowledge and wisdom and join SOAR in support of thriving children, youth, families and communities. In line with a focus on elevating and engaging community voice, this event will include drums, dance, spoken word, video, community "Ted-type" talks, and World Café conversations - all captured through graphic recording.  Debbie Barnes and Robin Higa (from Community Café) will be facilitating, and Luis Ortega (Storytellers for Change) will give a closing presentation. Register here

Date: Friday August 26, 8:30am-3:30pm
Renton Technical College Building I - Roberts Campus Center (3000 NE 4th Street Renton WA) 
Events: Save the Date
Jubilee Service Day
Join Jubilee Reach to serve at local public schools and homes on the Eastside! Whatever your talent, you can find a way to serve through helping homeowners, aiding teachers, or even sewing. Help Jubilee Reach reach their goal!  Find more info here.
Cost:  Free!
Date:  8/27, Saturday
Time:  8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Reconnecting Youth
Join United Way  for their annual breakfast at Safeco field for a great time reconnecting youth to their community role models. See how United Way's Reconnecting Youth program is changing the 15,000 youth who are unemployed and not in school. More info here
Cost:  $150/seat
Date: 9/13, Tuesday
Time: 7am-9am
YMCA Strengthening Communities Breakfast
Save the date for YMCA's on the Eastside Strengthening Communities Breakfast to learn how you can help the Y improve health on the Eastside and strengthen our community. Contact  Judy Smith  to register.
Cost:  Free!
Date: 9/30, Friday
Time: 7:30am-8:30am
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