During 2016,  collective impact shined brightly in the community like the tree  above (drawn by Eastside Pathways' and Jubilee REACH staff and children).  We look forward to continuous collaborations with our partners in the coming year.  Happy Holidays!  

December 2016

In this issue:  
Efforts throughout the community have been occurring to discuss pressing issues such as immigration and safety. From nonprofits like Eastside Pathways to the police and city government, we are making a commitment to supporting every child, regardless of background. 

As 2016 comes to an end, so too does Susan Sullivan's formal role at Eastside Pathways. She steps away on to new endeavors but not before sharing with us her takeaways from her time and work in the community.   

This month's feature is an interview with Amy Mack, Eastside Pathways' Partner Leadership Committee's chairperson and executive director at Year Up Puget Sound. Amy knows the power of collective impact and shares her perspectives and experiences as one of its agents. 

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THANK YOU for your continued support as we start a new year of activities!
We are pleased to announce that we can now accept credit card donations to Eastside Pathways.  Please give your tax deductible gift here and leverage the great work that our 62 partners are collectively engaged in to support ALL children.  Read about the impact that we are making with the support of the community. 
As you think of the many requests you receive for end of year donations, please consider a generous donation that will help Eastside Pathways expand to reach more communities on the Eastside and therefore more children.   
Partnership Mission Defined
Eastside Pathways Partners work across organizations using our diverse strengths and skills to shape systems that support every child, step by step, from cradle to career.

A task force of partners, led by facilitators Julie Benson and Sujata Agrawal, worked through a constructive process to discuss and evaluate suggestions, audience, and goals, and then draft three statements.These statements were further refined based on feedback from partner leaders, and presented at the All-Partner Meeting on October 20. More than 50% of the partners provided feedback that was overwhelmingly positive. The final mission statement for the Eastside Pathways Partnership was approved in November. You will see this new statement reflected in Partnership materials moving forward. It is the task force's hope that the statement will serve as a touchstone for new partners and help to inspire trust, commitment, and alignment.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved in the development of the statement: task force members (Helena Stephens, Daniel Astudillo, Alison Luk, Rita Badh, Aaron Anderson, Edilberto Flores, Shelley Brittingham), facilitators Julie Benson and Sujata Agrawal, and Eastside Pathways Communications and Operations Manager Nahyeli Mendivil and Data Officer Kelly Jones.

New Partner Profile: 

Sound Mental Health aims  to strengthen the community and improve  lives by delivering excellent health and human services to create a healthy and safe community actively promoting recovery and positive lifestyles  for people challenged by mental illness and substance abuse.

Eastside Pat hways 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 group,  please email the facilitator to let them know you  will be attending to receive information in advance.

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Eastside Pathways Partners: Please let us know of your plans for 2017! We want to help spread word about your campaigns, events, and community happenings. 
Email Nahyeli Mendivil to be featured. 
The  Washington State Department of Early Learning  is honoring Unsung Heroes throughout Washington for the roles they've taken within their families, schools and communities.  Nominate those around you who have made a difference in your lives, or the lives of others. 

'Tis the season for winter wonderment! 
Join the Bellevue Downtown Association's Magic Season for their Holiday events:

Holiday ice skating at the  Ice Arena  in Downtown's Ashwood Park

Snowflake Lane and Celebration Lane at the Bellevue Collection 

The beautiful  Garden D'Lights  at the Bellevue Botanicals

Holiday Performances at the Meydenbauer Center Theatre: The Nutcracker and An Inspired New Year

Winter fun activities at the  Bellevue Library
Fun by the Fireside, winter movies, and more!

Find more info here

Bellevue Kindness Challenge 2017
Camp Kindness Counts  is excited to partner with the  Bellevue  Council PTSA to run a  week long  district wide Bellevue  Kindness Challenge  at each participating  Bellevue  School District school! 
The goal of this
challenge is to come together and  inspire children and families to help foster empathy in our schools, make a difference in our communities, and raise awareness of impactful organizations.  

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