The Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (“the Council”) is a unique partnership between the Center for Children and Youth Justice and high-level decision makers from across South and East King County that is focused on creating a coordinated and collaborative response to gang violence.
The goal of the Council is to create a comprehensive plan that brings together efforts in prevention, intervention, suppression and re-entry. The planning process begins with, and is driven by, a thorough community assessment designed to identify the nature and scope of gang activity and youth violence in King County’s suburban communities.
COMMUNITY RESIDENT SURVEY
No picture of a community’s gang crime problem is complete without the views of community residents. A planned survey will give respondents an opportunity to share their own experience or beliefs about gangs and gang activity in their community. Answers to the following questions will be sought:
- Do community residents believe a gang problem exists in the community? If so, what is the problem?
- Are there significant differences across groups? What are those differences?
Staff at White Center Heights Elementary, community groups, and businesses are rallying around White Center children and families with an outpouring of holiday assistance.
White Center Heights staff and friends purchased over 165 gifts of clothing and other items for students. In addition, staff is coordinating contributions from the community:
• Arryve, a Redmond-based management consulting firm, provided clothes and gifts for 75 children and donated 125 school sweatshirts.
• Fauntleroy Church contributed 50 school sweatshirts.
• World Vision donated toys, balls, games, and gift certificates to be given as holiday gifts.
• The Rotary Club of Burien/White Center gave coats, mittens, and scarves to 43 students.
• Students at Highline’s CHOICE Academy donated gifts and nearly 2,000 cans of food.
• A local business provided gifts and clothes for 20 students.
By Sidney Lenz
(Editor’s Note: On Nov. 29, the middle school students at Seattle Christian School in SeaTac participated in a 24-hour famine to raise money for famine relief in East Africa.
Sidney Lenz, a seventh-grade student in teacher Matt Althoff’s class, wrote this article about the experience.)
Every twelve seconds, a child in the Horn of Africa dies from hunger related causes. Hundreds of children suffer from stunted growth, illness, and lack of energy.
The devastation from hunger affects many in that region of the world from the smallest child to a mother who has to watch her child suffer.
Last week the middle school students at Seattle Christian and I fasted voluntarily for twenty-four hours. We did this to raise awareness of starving people in Africa. We also did this to raise money for them.
About halfway through the day, I felt hungry. The famine was difficult for me, but it made me think more of the kids who feel every day.
The first activity of the famine was a chapel service with a speaker from World Vision. He told us a story of two African girls named Lucianna and Faucia.
B-Town’s Recovering Youth in Motion is taking a break for the Christmas season.
The group normally holds a monthly fun gathering in Burien for youth recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
There will be no gathering in December but the group plans a fun event to kick off the new year in January. When a date and place are determined, the Times/News and Highlinetimes.com will provide details. Stay tuned.
B-Town’s activities are now highlighted on the National Recovery Month community events website.
The Windermere Foundation recently donated $1000 each to three local non-profits. Here are the details from Bruce Bright with the Windermere Foundation:
The Windermere Foundation receives money from each Agent when an Agent Closes a Real Estate transaction. Our Burien Office pools our money with 6 other Windermere Offices, 2 in Federal Way, 2 in Renton, 1 in Kent and 1 in Maple Valley.
In October the 7 Offices put on an Oktoberfest Event at Fairwood Golf Course and we raised $15,000 to go to the Foundation. In our group of 7 Offices it is all Volunteers, no one gets paid, so it is all to the Foundation. This was our 3rd Event, like this. We started doing the Events 3 years ago because we have not raised as much money because of the poor Real Estate Market. We needed to do something extra to help out the Organizations we give Grants to. We also do a Spring Grant.
Our Burien Office is giving Grants of $1000 each to Hospitality House in Burien, Victory Outreach in Burien, and Angle Lake Family Resource Center in SeaTac.
Here is some additional information on the Hospitality house grant:
November’s monthly evening for Burien youth recovering from substance abuse is Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Burien Library’s Multipurpose Room, 400 S.W. 152nd St. Activities go from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The evening will include harvest/Thanksgiving crafts, Wii games, music, food, drink, prizes and more.
Last month’s B-Town’s Recovering Youth in Motion event drew 30 participants.
The evening is sponsored by Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA,) which strives to eliminate the disease of substance addiction in youth.
For more information, call 206-251-9171.
The White Center Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (www.ugm.org) and WestSide Baby (www.westsidebaby.org), is planning a working summit of White Center service providers on Friday, Oct 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mt. View Presbyterian Church, 10806 12th Ave. SW.
The summit will bring together front line service providers who are currently serving the estimated 45 people struggling with homelessness and chronic alcoholism, who currently live on White Center streets.
The goal of this summit is to find ways to help our homeless neighbors and to establish a 10-point plan that addresses their service needs, plan a budget estimating the costs to provide these services, and discuss possible policies needed to address the challenges they create for our community.
Effective Aug. 8, Navos, one of King County's two largest providers of community mental health services, will be moving a portion of their programs and services to a new campus which has been under construction for over a year.
The organization will open the completed first floor to clients in the new Mental Health and Wellness Center, located at S.W. 136th Street and Ambaum Boulevard, 2.2 miles from the current Burien location where Navos has been providing programs and services to low income children, families and adults in need since the mid 1980's.
The organization was forced to move its programs and services and build a new home for them as a result of the implementation of the third runway at Sea Tac Airport directly over its current campus. That location was subsequently rezoned and Navos must relocate by July 2012.
Of Navos' vast array of programs and services, the only programs that are scheduled to move as of Aug. 8 are:
ê Child & Family Services
ê Community Access Department
ê Domestic Violence
ê Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
Local nonprofit, New Futures, that serves low-income children, youth, and families in Burien and SeaTac, will celebrate the academic achievements of four students at a May 4th benefit breakfast honoring the 2011 New Futures Scholars.
The Sixth Annual Get Inspired! Breakfast, held at the Washington State Convention Center and emceed by KIRO's Angela Russell, features four Highline School District students who will each receive a $1,500 scholarship for higher education. Says New Futures Executive Director Mario Paredes, "It's a fabulous opportunity we offer to these students, to recognize their work and inspire their higher education endeavors. Not only do we hold the opportunity to inspire these four scholars, but also their families and friends, and the other youth throughout New Futures programs who aspire to reach for higher accomplishments."
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The Ballard Boys & Girls club is undergoing its third remodel in 25 years and invited BNT to come take a look.
“This past summer we had 50 kids on the waiting list,” said Mark Hendricks, Executive Director. “The remodel will almost double the space we have now.”
The $2.1 million remodel adds an additional 5,000 square feet of classroom space. The parking lot is also being renewed, which will have an entrance on 63rd street instead of 64th street.
“We’re not necessarily looking to increase but to give the kids more elbow room,” Hendrick said, adding that 130 to 145 kids make use of the club’s rooms on a daily basis.
“We try to maximize every inch of space on this property,” he said pointing out that the gym doubles as a breakfast space in the morning, a playground during the day now that construction is moving the playground, and a training ground for the many basketball teams and leagues in the evening.
The club has not closed any of its programs and is making the best out of the construction period.