December 2017
We envision a community where every child is happy, healthy, and successful. 
Pizza With A Purpose 

The program is the brainchild of Career Pathways, an Eastside Pathways collaborative, whose vision is career success for all Bellevue students, especially those from underserved populations

Black and Hispanic students at Interlake High School had an unusual lunch on November 29. There were pizza and cookies, but there was also a purpose - to give students the chance to learn about different career and life paths of professionals of color and ask questions. The first "Pizza with a Purpose" brought together 14 mentors and 26 students for a highly engaged interaction and discussion around careers - choices and opportunities. Read more  
Teen Perspective: Internships

This fall, Eastside Pathways has hosted a student intern from the Big Picture School. Sophomore Oliver Tjalve has been working with Data Officer Kelly Jones on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Oliver and Kelly share their experience - which, spoiler alert, has been overwhelmingly positive - in hopes that other people and organizations will consider hosting a Big Picture intern in the future.  Read more

Data Corner: 
High School Graduation

One of the five Eastside Pathways   goals  is that every youth graduates from high school prepared for their postsecondary plan. We measure this by tracking high school graduation rates. 
An interesting question has reemerged: should we be tracking four-year or five-year graduation rates?   Read more


The Calendar on our website is your resource for all Eastside Pathways events and meetings of the collaborative, as well as the meetings and events of our partner organizations. 

Click on a date to find out details of the meeting, the organizer, and a link to the registration page, if any. 

Partners, who would like to have their events and meetings featured here, can email 

BEST START FOR KIDS: Request for Proposals 

Kindering's Parent-Child Home Program Has Openings For Families

PCHP offers a wonderful opportunity for families in Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland to prepare their young children for school even before preschool. It is  a free, early learning home visiting program for low-income families with 1.5-2.5-year-olds. It pairs families with Home Visitors who come to the home twice weekly for two years. They bring a free book or toy each week to explore early literacy, STEM, social skills, and to support parents as their child's most important teacher. Research shows that children involved in PCHP are better prepared for preschool and later have higher test scores and even better high school graduation rates.

C ontact Parent-Child Home Program at 425-289-7515 or

LWTech Community Resource Fair

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology invites you to attend their upcoming monthly resource fairs. 

This event is in partnership with the City of Kirkland, the City of Redmond, WorkSource, and KCLS (Kingsgate, Kirkland & Redmond libraries). 
The goal of the resource fair is to provide regular access to community resources and services for marginalized and at-risk populations in Eastside communities.

When:  Thursday, January 11, 2018,  from 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue.

Hopelink's Free "English for Work" ESL Course

The ESL course is designed to give non-native-English speakers the verbal skills they need to find work. Students learn technology skills, receive one-on-one advising, and participate in mock interviews conducted by local employers.  

Registration for this course opens December 4, 2017.  The winter quarter is from January 17 to March 29, 2018.  Classes will be conducted at the Hopelink centers in Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland.   Contact Marci at 425-250-3007 or for more information.

EBC Central Hub in Issaquah Hosts Annual Winter Open House

Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) will be hosting its annual Winter Open House on December 7 at its Issaquah location.  During this busy holiday season, EBC invites everyone to take some time to visit the EBC Central Hub to witness EBC donors and volunteers working together to bring hope to children and their families by filling their orders and ensuring their basic needs are met.

All are invited to attend and take tours of the Hub. There will be cookies and hot cider! 

When:  Thursday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where:  11605 132nd Ave NE, East Mall Area, Kirkland

Collective Impact vs. Collaboration: Do You Know the Differences?
An article from PhilantroFiles

Collaboration is a common strategy to solve social problems, but collective impact - aligning diverse stakeholders around shared outcomes - may be less familiar. And the two are not one and the same.  Read more

Eastside Pathways is a community-wide partnership on the Eastside that works collectively to attain better outcomes for children, cradle to career (birth to 26 years). We use the collective impact framework to work across sectors, focus on different goals to improve educational outcomes for children and make lasting systems. The partnership is supported by a backbone organization that mobilizes, convenes, and facilitates its work.