January 2016

Virtue of the month: Optimism
Optimism is expecting the best. It is a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future. When you have optimism, you believe something will turn out successfully.  

We welcome the new year with confidence and cheerfulness, looking forward to positive outcomes in our collective work.  
In This Issue
Systems Change: More than a Buzzword

A reflection by Jeff Edmondson, current managing director of StriveTogether , shared with the Network members on what they have learned about Systems Change. 

Bellevue School District Creates a BOOM Experience at Bellevue College

Bellevue College hosted Bellevue School District middle and high school students of color for an all -day conference engaging with male leaders that looked like them. 

Bellevue Members Added to Best Starts for Kids Board

Find out who the four Bellevue community members appointed to the Best Start for Kids Advisory Board are. 

Partner Testimonial:  Working Together - Working Better

A thoughtful conversation with Dorothy Wong, executive director  at the Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC), regarding the work they are doing in Seattle and the Eastside.

Partner Profile:  Camp Kindness Counts

Camp Kindness Counts is one of Eastside Pathways' most recent partner.  Learn about how they are empowering children to make a positive change through simple acts of  kindness. 
January Collaborative Updates
Haven't been able to make it to a collaborative meeting? No worries, you can stay in the loop about the latest news and happenings in each of our Collaboratives teams. 

Eastside Pathways News

Happy to announce that Eastside Pathways has been selected as a 2016 Boeing community grantee!  Thank you @BoeingAirplanes, for supporting every child step by step, from cradle to career. 

To kick off the new year, five representatives of Eastside Pathways attended the regional convening for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Six other Campaign communities from Washington and Oregon also attended. Each community shared their key achievements and challenges over the past year. Several speakers also shared ideas and resources in the areas of attendance, early learning, developmental screenings, and summer learning. The Washington communities are scheduled for a follow-up conversation about attendance in February with representatives of Attendance Works and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Eastside Pathways is accepting proposals from partner organizations for the 2016 Bill Henningsgaard Fund for Children Grant through February 15, 2016

The purpose of the grant is to assist in bettering the lives of and creating opportunities for children of all ages through leveraged programs in Bellevue.  We know that regular attendance leads to students learning at their highest levels and being successful overall. Therefore, in 2016, we are eager to fund a program that supports the Eastside Pathways initiative related to increasing attendance and/or being in school on time for students of all ages.   

You can view the grant guidelines and access the scoring tool with specific details on Eastside Pathways' website. If you have any questions regarding criteria and eligibility, please submit to bhfund@eastsidepathways.org
Eastside Pathways 101

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

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 !

Community Announcements
Youth Eastside Services (YES)  provides free drop-in counseling services for teens at four locations across the Eastside: the Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB), the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue "The Club" Teen Center and the TXL: Teen Excellence Center, Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond, and Crossroads Community Center. 

Counselors are experienced in youth and family issues, and can talk teens through smaller issues, such as relationship conflicts, as well as address larger issues like trauma and depression. They also work to connect teens with additional resources and referrals when necessary. Counselors are on-site after school one or more days each week; contact the location for specific hours:

KTUB, 425-822-3088
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue "The Club"/TXL, 425-429-3203
Old Fire House Teen Center, 425-556-2370 or  ofh@redmond.gov
Crossroads Community Center, 425-452-4874
Eastside Latino Leadership Forum along with Bellevue School District invite Hispanic students and families from all Bellevue high schools to attend Spanish college night on Thursday, February 11th. There will be people familiar and specialized in scholarships, college applications & requirements, and exams to answer any questions as well as assist with planning for the future. 
Noche Universitaria (College Night)
Sesión Informativa en Español (Informational Session in Spanish)
Thursday, February 11, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Interlake High School 
16245 NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, home of Polliwog Preschool, is hosting a free Project Learning Tree/Project WILD training for early childhood educators (and anyone else who is interested) in March. STARS credit is available. 

Early Childhood Educators
WHAT:  Project Learning Tree and Project WILD Early Childhood guide training
WHEN:  March 26, 2016 9:00 AM -3:30 PM
WHERE: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center 1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005

If you have any questions please contact Pat Otto.
UW Bothell Admissions is hosting a series of Diversity Outreach & Recruitment Events.
These events are designed to help prepare high school students with the tools needed to access higher education. Students will interact with UW Bothell students, staff and faculty, engage with speakers, tour campus, and participate in cultural and educational workshops.
Reaching American Indian Nations (R.A.I.N.)*
Friday, February 5, 2016, 9:00am to 1:30pm
*This event is almost at full capacity
Pacific Islanders Pursuing Education (P.I.P.E.)
Friday, February 26, 2016, 9:00am-1:30pm
Black Opportunity and Leadership Day (B.O.L.D.)
Friday, March 4, 2016, 9:00am-1:30pm
Dia de Avanzando Latinos en Educacion (D.A.L.E.)
Friday, March 18, 2016, 9:00am-1:30pm
College Awareness Day
Friday, May 6, 2016 from 9:00am-1:30pm
Students can register by calling  425-352-5000 or  emailing uwbinfo@uw.edu