March 2016

In This Issue

Why do businesses get involved in the community? Hint: it usually is not about the bottom line. 
Are We Talking About The Backbone Or The Partnership?

Learn more about the collective impact model, especially the difference between the partnership doing the work and the backbone facilitating it. 

Backbone Staff: Our Volunteers

Read about the fabulous volunteers who make Eastside Pathways run!
Partner Testimonial: Business With A Heart

Mainspring Wealth Advisors is leading the Business Engagement Group and dreaming big about how the private sector can support young adults in the community.  
New Partner Profile:  Westminster Chapel

Westminster Chapel is on a mission to respond to local and global needs by turning compassion into action. 

Eastside Pathways News
Bill Henningsgaard Fund for Children 2016 Grantee 

We are happy to announce that the 2016 grant award for Attendance and/or Tardiness goes to... Community Truancy Board. Congratulations!

The Community Truancy Board, staffed by the Bellevue School District, is the third recipient of the $5,000 grant to advance the mission of Eastside Pathways and honor Bill Henningsgaard's memory.

In early March, Eastside Pathways expanded once again. We welcome our newest partner, 
Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)! 
Data Council Seeking Members!

Using data effectively is central to collective impact and continuous improvement, but it requires both time and expertise.
The Eastside Pathways Data Council is the accountability and decision-making body for the partnership on matters of data quality, strategy, and use. It has been a very small group up to this point and is actively seeking new members.
Responsibilities of the Data Council will be defined by the group and may include:
  • Identifying available data sources to measure our progress toward partnership goals
  • Evaluating the validity and reliability of potential measures
  • Supporting effective data use by collaboratives for continuous improvement
  • Facilitating data sharing across partners
  • Identifying critical data needs of partner organizations and building a strategy to address them
The time commitment will be a two-hour meeting every six to eight weeks. This is a great role for the people in your organization who work with data the most and have the strongest skills in that area. It could also be a fit for a strategic thinker who would like to get deeper into these issues but is light on the technical skills. Participants do not need to be on staff at a partner organization; individual community volunteers are welcome to join.
To learn more, or to suggest someone who could serve the partnership in this role, please contact Data Officer Kelly Jones at
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 April 4, 2016. 
"Plug-In" to the Transitions Collaborative

How can all stakeholders, including parents and students, work together in the planning and implementing of strategies that will ease the transition to middle school and provide children with the foundation for success in school and life?

Please join us for dinner on Thursday, April 14th, for a thoughtful discussion on why a successful school transition is so important.  

Plug-In to Transitions Dinner
Date/Time: Thursday, April 14 from 5:00-7:00
Location: WISC, Rainier Room
12241 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98005

Come find out how you and your organization can "plug-In" to the Transitions Collaborative so that we can partner together and support Bellevue's young adolescents.

Are you interested in learning more about Eastside Pathways? Do you have questions about collective impact? If so, you are invited to attend an Eastside Pathways 101 meeting! 
Eastside Pathways 101 is a forum in which individuals or organizations interested in learning about Eastside Pathways can get the basics of collective impact, learn how Eastside Pathways is utilizing the model on the Eastside, and exactly what that looks like in our collaboratives. There will be plenty of time for questions. Here are the details:
Eastside Pathways 101
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Bellevue City Hall - 450 110th Ave NE, Room E-108, Bellevue, WA 98004
 Join us on April 19th - register now!
Collaborative Updates

The Mental and Physical Health and Safety/Social-Emotional Learning (MPHS/SEL) work group met on March 14 at Youth Eastside Services. Following more than a year of discussion, participants held a vote and agreed to a focus on mental health! The next step will be to draft a charter and submit a formal proposal to launch the Mental Health Collaborative. A big thank you to all who have participated in moving this group past its "alphabet soup" acronym stage and into a clearer focus! 

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
Best Starts for Kids
Now is the time to help with Best Starts for Kids planning! They are looking for community input for their emerging framework and will be hosting a series of listening sessions throughout King County. The main discussion questions will be "Are we on the right track based on what is important to you?" and "Are there any critical gaps that have been overlooked?"

The East King County meeting will be held:

April 7th, from 6:30-8:30pm 
(Onsite registration begins at 6pm) 
Highland Community Center
14224 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98009

To stay in the loop about what is happening with the  initiative, read all about it in their new blog.
Hello BSD Community Partners!
The Bellevue School District Student Services in conjunction with the VIBES Mentor Tutor Program is hosting a workshop on Social Emotional Learning. Wendy Powell, BSD Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Developer, will share with us:
  • What is Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning (SEL),
  • Why is SEL critical in education,
  • How are we teaching SEL in BSD (pK-12), and
  • Specific tools to help students with emotional regulation
Social Emotional Learning Workshop
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
WISC / Rainier Room / 12241 Main St, Bellevue WA  98005
6-6:30pm            Light Dinner
6:30-7:30pm       Presentation
Please R.S.V.P.:  or 425-456-4154
Westminster Chapel  is hosting a training about homelessness on Tuesday, April 19, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM , related to plans for opening a womens/children's shelter a couple blocks from Interlake HS and Sherwood Forest ES this spring.   Dawn Stenberg, staff with Seattle UGM, will be facilitating the training, which is open to the community.
A quick link for info is:
Puget Sound Energy has announced their preferred route for Energize Eastside. PSE's preferred route, called "Willow 2," is a modification of the "Willow" route recommended by the Community Advisory Group in December 2014. Willow 2 primarily uses the existing utility corridor and introduces a new segment in the Factoria area. 

Learn more about the proposed route options and view route maps and photo simulations at .
With tax season in full swing, the United Way of King County would like to highlight their free tax preparation services as an option available to eligible clients, employees, and community.

United Way offers free tax preparation services at 24 locations throughout King County from now until April 21st.  Households making under $62,000 can have their taxes prepared plus they can get connected to other community resources and public benefits.  During March there is increased capacity at the tax sites, so it is a great time to get your taxes prepared with little to no wait times.

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Students

The King County Library System is offering new programs this Spring for our Latino families. Please be sure to share with the community: