Reconnect to Opportunity Peer Connectors

Reconnect to Opportunity (ReOpp) connects young people ages 16 to 24, who have not finished high school, to education and employment opportunities in King County. Meet the ReOpp Peer Connectors, who serve as a bridge b etween opportunity youth and reengagement programs! 

Tori Felder

Tori is a graduate of the Social and Human Services program at Seattle Central College and is currently in the Bachelors of Applied Behavioral Science Program at SC. Tori started in social work, volunteering with homeless youth organizations around Seattle. She fell in love with making a difference in people's lives. She has facilitated and hosted community clothing drives, participated in youth engagement fairs, and has worked in direct service with opportunity youth for two years. Tori believes in compassion and community and that the two together can create change. She is passionate about changing stigma and societal views on traditionalism in education and dedicates her work to making sure young people from all different backgrounds feel included in the conversation. In her spare time, Tori writes poetry, sees live music, visits art museums, reads, and travels. She is looking forward to learning and growing at Reconnect To Opportunity and connecting youth to their full potential!

Freda Crichton

Freda is the first full time Peer Connector with Reconnect To Opportunity. She grew up in the White Center neighborhood and is a proud alum of the Year Up program. Her passion is working with young people and helping them to reach their full potential. After studying at Seattle Central College, she committed to a year of AmeriCorps service as a High School Student Success Coach. She is now a Peer Connector and also sits on the Road Map Project Community Leadership Team. She is excited to connect young people to education and employment, and she considers this her dream job!
 


Pavielle Montes

Pavielle comes to this new position after participating in the original Peer Connector pilot program. She grew up in the Seattle area and started working in the community as a facilitator of social justice workshops during high school. This is where her passion for working with youth was born. Pavielle earned her G.E.D. from Learning Center North and went on to receive her Medical Assistant Certification and Associates Degree from Shoreline Community College through the Career Education Options Program. She also sits on the King County Youth Advisory Council. Pavielle is inspired by the resilience of young people, and knows that there are many ways to achieve success. She is excited to continue her work with Reconnect to Opportunity!


 Learn more about Reconnect to Opportunity at  reopp.org  and follow the ReOpp Facebook page to get updates.


Road Map Project News Round-Up

For the fourth year in a row,  Highline Schools's graduation rate is up ----      with students of color seeing the greatest gains.

The integration of technology and learning at Dimmitt Middle School is the start of more  digital literacy programs  in the Renton School District.

The latest summary of results from Seattle schools shows that performance gaps between white students and others are wider than ever.

Cleveland High School students say the teacher workforce could be more diverse. Start With Us, the Road Map Project's latest report, says the same. 

The Auburn School District automotive program has received a $10,000 grant from Ingersoll Rand Foundation to support technical education. 
11 Questions With Community Leadership Team Member
Karly Feria

The Road Map Project recently announced its first-ever Community Leadership Team, a group that will provide visionary leadership and community accountability for improving education results and closing achievement and opportunity gaps. Over the next few months, you'll get to learn more about each of the 14 new members through this series.
 
Karly Feria is a college and career access professional in Highline Public Schools and a grass-roots community organizer for the human rights of Filipinos with Gabriela-Seattle and Bayan Pacific Northwest.
 
1. In one sentence, how would you sum up your day-to-day work?  
Building systems and support to ensure all students at Tyee High School graduate college-and-career ready.
 
2. What do you want people to know about the community or communities you are a member of? 
When I think about the Filipino community, I wish people know we are a people who come from a rich history of resilience and revolution.  This passage from Carlos Bulosan's poem, "If You Want to Know Who We Are," sums it up beautifully: "We are the vision and the star, the quietus of pain; we are the terminals of inquisition, the hiatuses of a new crusade; we are the subterranean subways of suffering; we are the will of dignities; we are the living testament of a flowering race. If you want to know what we are ----      WE ARE REVOLUTION!"

3. Tell us about a time when an educator or educational experience made a big impact on you.
An educational experience that was foundational for me happened when I was in college and took a course on multicultural literature. I had never, up until that point, read books in school by authors who reflected me and my experience in the world. It was an extremely empowering experience for me, which is why I often make book recommendations to the students I work with ----      I want them also to see that the world of words, books, literature belongs to them too and can be used as a tool to change, move, inspire, and transform.
 
4. Who's your favorite social justice advocate, living, dead or fictional?
There are many social justice advocates and revolutionary heroes and sheroes who I draw strength and inspiration from. One in particular is Maria Lorena Barros (Philippines, 1948-1976). She not only organized many others in the fight for justice, but she put her life (figuratively and physically) on the line for her beliefs. She was a fierce revolutionary leader for the Filipino people who continues to inspire me today.
 
5. If you can make one immediate change to the education system, what would it be?
I would change budget disbursements to happen through an equity lens rather than an equality lens.  Schools with greater needs (with high numbers of English-language learners, special education students, low-income students, first-generation college students, etc.) should be allocated more funds to provide wrap-around services for students based on amount of need ---- not the total number of students registered.
 
6. What are your hopes for the Community Leadership Team?
My hope is that we can champion equitable change across the region for the benefit of students.
 
7. Finish this sentence: Equity is...
... when all students receive what they need to develop their full potential; when systems in place no longer predict the success or failure of a student based on racial, social, economic, or cultural factors.
 
8. What was the last thing you read, watched or listened to? Would you recommend it?  
The last book I read was Octavia Butler's "Kindred" ----      and yes, I would recommend it.
 
9. Where is your favorite place to go in the Road Map Project region (South Seattle and South King County)?
My favorite place to go in South King County is home. I'm a resident of South King County, and home to me is where my partner and my daughter are. It is a place where I feel safe and loved.
 
10. What is one of your most cherished family traditions?
Every year before the start of the school year my family gets together (often for activities like camping or spending time on the water). This has become increasingly important since my family is spread across California, Nevada, and Washington, and this is a dedicated time that we all take to spend together.
 
11. What inspires you?
I am inspired when I see youth empowered, when they step into positions of leadership, when they take action for what they believe to be right, and when they find their voice.
Road Map Project Upcoming Events

December 6, 2017
10:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Followed by networking lunch.)
Renton Pavilion

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sound Discipline

December 6 - 8, 2017
Hotel Murano, Tacoma

December 7, 2017
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Puget Sound Educational Service District

December 5, 12, 19 
El Centro de la Raza


The Road Map Project is a collective impact initiative to improve student achievement from cradle through college and career in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila. 
Through multisector collaboration with more than 200 partners and individuals, the Road Map Project aims to eliminate the opportunity and achievement gap impacting students of color and low-income students by increasing equitable policies and practices in education systems by 2020 and for 70 percent of its region's youth to earn a college degree credential by 2030. 

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) is a nonprofit created to staff and support the Road Map Project. CCER works alongside partner organizations and individuals to provide research, communications, strategy and operations support.

Please email info@ccedresults.org with any questions or comments. 
      
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