February 2016

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller  
In This Issue
8 Yummy Tensions of Collective Impact

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, current director of Collective Impact at Living Cities, Inc., shares with us her "sweet recipe for catalyzing enduring change."

Partner Leadership Committee

Learn more about Eastside Pathways' Partner Leadership Committee and the role it plays for Eastside Pathways partnership.  

Eastside Pathways Racial Equity Team

Find out who are the members of the Racial Equity Team and the work they are doing in the Bellevue community 

Partner Profile:  Year Up Puget Sound

Year Up Puget Sound is working with young adults in the community and how they are preparing to launch into a meaningful career.  

Eastside Pathways News
January All-Partner Meeting

Eastside Pathways held its first All-Partner Meeting for 2016 on January 28, at Bellevue City Hall.
The meeting kicked off with an activity that involved the attendees trying to move a tennis ball (representing a student) towards a goal (graduation) using ropes. It demonstrated that only by working together, aligned towards a common objective, can we succeed in getting students to graduate. The attendees reflected on the fact that organizations are interconnected, and the success of one affects the success of others as well as of the community as a whole.
In contrast to previous meetings, the participants were mostly executive-level leadership of Eastside Pathways partner organizations. This enabled the group to engage in high-level strategic conversations about what collective impact requires of each of us and how we can better organize to accomplish our shared goals. Throughout the meeting, attendees reflected on what to keep, add, and change about their current work and engagement with the partnership.
As a follow up to the All-Partner Meeting, the Eastside Pathways backbone staff will be contacting each partner to set up one-on-one meetings to formally recommit to the collective work.

Eastside Pathways wishes to thank all of our donors for their generous contributions. Their support helps ensure that all children in Bellevue grow up to be confident, capable, contributing members of the community. 
Eastside Pathways is looking for a Content and Social Media Intern who will play an active role in the development of Eastside Pathways' online community.  Please share with any youth or young adults who may be interested in working in marketing communications .  Application deadline is March 7, 2016. 

If you are new to Eastside Pathways and collective impact, join us to learn more about who Eastside Pathways is, what we do and how we do it. Eastside Pathways 101 was specifically designed for the information needs of new or prospective partner organizations, new staff from existing partner organizations, and prospective Eastside Pathways volunteers. Join us on April 19th - register now !
Collaborative Updates

Most Eastside Pathways collaboratives meet monthly. If you have been out of the loop for a while, you can stay up to date here . 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. The facilitator will then send you any documents in advance and let you know about any location or time changes.

Community Happenings
Sponsors Needed for Summer Food Service Program
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking sponsors for the 2016 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP, a federally funded child nutrition program, was established to ensure that children in lower-income areas would continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school meals.
Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit schools, residential and non-residential summer camps, private nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and units of local, county, municipal, and state government. Colleges and universities that participate in the Upward Bound Program may also sponsor meal sites.
Interested organizations are encouraged to register for training at the SFSP website , which will take place in April and May and is a requirement for participation. Applications will be available online mid-spring.
Contact OSPI at 360-725-6202 for more information.
Year Up is currently recruiting to fill their Seattle and Bellevue March cohorts and we need your help! Do you know any former/current students who we could contact directly to invite them to an information session?
Year Up is a leadership and professional development program that combines hands-on, college-level learning with a six-month corporate internship at top companies in the Great Seattle area. 
For questions about the program or to send direct referrals, please contact Becky Rottenstein, Associate Director of Recruitment or call her at  (206) 962-6014.
Washington State Coalition For Language Access
Board Of Directors Application Form
The WASCLA is seeking applicants from candidates interested in joining our Board of Directors, for two-year terms which begin on April 1, 2016.  Applications are due no later than March 14, 2016.
The Washington Coalition Language Access is an education and advocacy 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating language barriers to essential services through collaborative efforts. WASCLA brings together community members, advocates, and service providers from diverse fields (including healthcare, legal, educational, social services, emergency response, government, and law enforcement) to work on solutions.

If you have any questions please contact Pat Otto.