"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Photo by Danielle Ness from Criativo Photography 

July 2016 

In this issue:  
Congratulations to all the Spring 2016 graduates who are moving on to achieve their dreams! 
Whether that be pursuing of further education or a career, we wish you the best of luck.
      First Annual Rites of Passage                 
        The Parent Alliance of Black Scholars, also known  
        as  PABS,  hosted "Inspire 2016: Rites of Passage"          
         event on  May 20,  honoring students graduating              
         to middle school,  high school, and college.                     

        (Dream towards the Future 2016)
        The future took center stage at the graduation
         celebration on June 17 for graduates from Youth
        Eastside Services' Latino H.E.A.T and MAMAS 
        Unidas programs for grades preschool to college.

With the closure  of the Highland Village Apartments  and  the loss of Head Start preschool funding, it has  become apparent that the growing need in  Bellevue is  not being recognized, and our diversity is negatively impacted as a result. 

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Eastside Pathways staff and partners attended the Pacific Education Group Regional Summit in Vancouver, WA, on June 23 and 24th to continue on  the journey towards racial equity as a community in Bellevue. Stephanie Cherrington and Susan Sullivan share their personal insights on their latest  participation. 

Welcome New Partner: 

Assistance League of the Eastside is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action. Their community-based, philanthropic programs make a positive difference in the lives of children and adults touched by hardship or violence.
Most Eastside Pathways 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 collaborative, please email the facilitator to let them know you will be attending to receive information in advance and any updates.  
  Register here
Eastside Pathways Staff Updates 

We would like to welcome and introduce our social media intern, Kate Chen. Kate is a rising senior at Interlake High School and is very active in the Bellevue community. She works with Councilmember Conrad Lee on a student-led nonprofit, American Immigration Forums, and also co-runs a science summer camp, Spark. She joins Eastside Pathways with the hope of learning how to impacting the community through social media tools.

On a different note, we are sad to say good bye to our Transitions facilitator, Lisa Hart. We are grateful for her  work these past couple of years in supporting the launching of a new collaborative and taking the helm. Lisa, THANK YOU for your time and dedication to our vision of building a community where every child is healthy, happy, and successful.  We wish her the best on her new journey as PTSA president at her children's school.

For the past five years Susan Sullivan, has been dedicated to building a community where every child is happy, healthy, and successful.  She brought to Eastside Pathways her passion for and experience in youth development as well as her commitment to making the community she lives in a better place for all. 

Susan shares with us her upcoming  plans for this December. Please take a moment to read her letter to the community.
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CENSE and Eastside Energy
In addition to PSE's "Energize Eastside" project, the Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy brings another perspective. Representing over 4,000 residents and employers concerned about the plan to industrialize 29 neighborhoods with 18-miles of massive poles, high voltage electricity transmission lines, and jet fuel pipelines,  CENSE advocates for a plan that adopts practices in distributed generation, advanced energy management and conservation- already at work in other cities-to safely and reliably power our growth.  Learn more here .
SVP Fast Pitch 
Whether you have a great idea to pitch, skills to volunteer, or passion for our community - SVP Fast Pitch has a place for you! Fast pitch connects social impact innovators with business and nonprofit leaders to help bring their ideas to life. Participants receive mentoring and training to improve their ideas and build relationships with advisors, investors, and SVP Partners. For more info, visit here.
Application Deadline:  September 1 (for-profit social enterprise) 
English for Work
Do you want to improve your English communication skills to get a job or job training? Hopelink is offering an intensive English for Work class for August 2016! In both Bellevue and Redmond, students will meet three times a week for three hours sessions to prepare to take the next steps in their employment or training. Please apply and attend the 2-part orientation! More info on scheduling and details here. 
Contact:  Marci
marciw@hope-link.org;  (425)250-3007
Application Deadline: J u ly 18
Bellevue Essentials
Are you interested in learning about the structure and inner workings of the Bellevue city government ? Join 2016 Bellevue Essentials, the City's program for emerging neighborhood and community leaders. Learn how to be civically engaged, meet Council members and key City staff, and learn how Bellevue is moving forward! More info here.  
Contact: Julie Ellenhorn
jellenhorn@bellevue.gov; ( 425)452-5372
Application Deadline: July 15
Spark Your Imagination! Award
SPARK, a nonprofit science summer camp created by Interlake High School students, is hosting an award for Bellevue students passionate about science and their community entering 4th-7th grade. Projects can be from planting trees to teaching math to a sibling! First place prize receives a 100% scholarship to SPARK 2017 as well as a $1,000 donation to their school's STEM program. Apply and find more info here
Contact: Kathleen Chen 
Application Deadline:  September 18
Happy Hikers
A day out on the trail can be daunting. Join City of Bellevue  Rangers to learn how to prepare, the best places to go, and how to practice proper trail etiquette so that you and your kids' next adventure with nature will be safe and successful.  And yes, enjoyable for all! Find more info here
Cost:  Free!
Date: 7/9, Saturday
Time: 2pm-3pm
Early Childhood Summit
The National Head Start Association, with the 
Washington Head Start Association & ECEAP, brings practitioners together to explore early childhood performance. Program leaders are inspired by their peers to build their skills for creative thinking and program design. Find more info here. 
Cost: $435 (non-members)
Date: 7/25 - 7/27, Mon - Wed
Time: all day
Fraser Cabin Heritage 
The Fraser Cabin, built in 1888, comes to life with activities and interpretation from volunteers of staff of the Eastside Heritage Center.  Participate in 1880s settler life activities:  agriculture, dairy, household tasks, log cabins, games and Eastside history.  Find more info  here.
Cost:  Free!
Date:  7/16, Saturday
Time:  11am-3pm
Good Beginnings Fair
Prepare your child for Kindergarten at the Good Beginnings Fairs, with activities for parents and kids. Learn about how to give your child the best start possible while your kids can have fun! Including kindergarten information tables, tips for parents, story time, and a mascot meet and greet! Find more info here
Cost:  Free!
Date:  8/2 - 8/4
Time:  10:30am-12:30pm
"Fabulous Frogs"
Join the City of Bellevue to discover the amazing life of frogs . Some can actually freeze solid! Others live happily in the hot African desert. Learn a billion fascinating facts about these amphibian creatures with BBC naturalist, Sir David Attenborough. They'll pop the corn! Find more info here. 
Cost:  Free!
Date:  7/29, Friday
Time:  5pm-6pm
August Nights for Kindering
For adults only, support Kindering  in their mission to provide hope, courage, and skills to soar for children of diverse abilities at their annual August Nights fundraiser! With mouth-watering tapas, and tastings of Edgefield wines , your taste buds will be delighted, with games and more. Find more info here.  
Cost:  $50 
Date:  8/4, Thursday
Time: 6pm-10pm
Year Up Puget Sound Graduation 
Share in the joy and celebrate the Year Up Puget Sound tenth graduation ceremony!     Cost: Free! 
This year, Year Up will be congratulating the first class of Bellevue College graduates       Date: 8/4, Thursday
and Year
Up's tenth class of Seattle graduates. Find more info and RSVP here.                  Time: 
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