Creating a More Equitable and Just Future
Today, our country is caught up in great racial and economic upheaval. This turmoil is set against a public health pandemic, which is disproportionately impacting the health and economic well-being of Black families in our city and state.
In mid-March when Seattle Public Schools moved their classes online, Seattle CARES reacted quickly. Within a few weeks, we transitioned our Rising program, currently in two Seattle middle schools, to an all-virtual setting. Our Community Wellness Circles and Positive Family Connections programs went online, as well.
This sounded good in theory but we soon found out that many of our students did not have a laptop or computer. Others did not have WiFi because their parents had lost their jobs or had reduced hours and wages. There was not enough money to just get through the month.
We reached out to our community partners to supply computer equipment, financial and technical support. If families needed rent support or food, we linked them up with agencies that could help. We were determined not to let our students or families down. You can read more about our programs, partners and mentors in this issue of Momentum. And be sure to take a look at our story on our new superhero curriculum which we launched this spring.
Each of us needs to decide how we can help create a healthier, more equitable and more just community. Some might decide to make a donation. Others might choose to volunteer or become a mentor. Whichever path your choose, we thank you for your continued support.
Don Cameron, Executive Director
Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement