Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

Weekly Wrap-Up

Thank you to The Giving Group for selecting SESEC for a gift. “SESEC was the group they believed could create lasting impact for many families of colors in the South Seattle area.” We are humbled and grateful for the support.

Carmen Rahm, Chief Information Officer at Seattle Public Schools, came to speak at the April SESEC Meeting. If you weren’t able to make it or would like to see the presentation and notes that were discussed, visit this post.

SESEC is currently seeking community volunteers, nonprofit leaders, and parents for our Advocacy and Policy Workgroups to develop stronger policy and advocacy skills in the SE Seattle community. If you are interested, please contact [email protected].

SESEC has also invested in an online foundation directory to research grant opportunities that are available from local and national grantmakers. If you are seeking funding and would like SESEC’s assistance in identifying opportunities, please complete this online form. Staff will conduct an online review and provide you with the results of the search. Please be as specific as possible so we can conduct a search that provides you with viable opportunities. Priority for services will be given to SESEC partners. If you would like to become a partner, sign up here.

Community Announcements

The Robert Chinn Foundation is accepting applications for funding. The RCF Grant Program will consider program requests in the following areas: Art, Culture, and Performing Arts; Health; and Youth Development. Youth Development includes afterschool activities, athletics, mentoring, leadership programs and academic advising. Please go to for more information and to access the grant application.

Washington CAN! wants to know about your experiences renting in Seattle. Please take the survey to share your experiences with the condition of your rental and the costs associated with renting. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Seattle Public Schools is seeking interviewees to help them improve their district and school websites through a user experience interview. You will be asked to complete several short tasks using a website, asked questions about your experience and perceptions. They will provide the laptop and smartphone. If you are interested, please contact [email protected].

Apply for the Patsy Collins Award. Washington K-12 schools with three $10,000 awards to 3 teachers or teams. The funds can be used at the full discretion of the teachers. The Aware will go to teachers who create learning experiences that make a difference for youth and their community. They are currently seeking nominations for educators who extend learning beyond the classroom.

Please fill out this suvey from the ACLU. If your student has been impacted by these practices, the ACLU of Washington would like to hear from you.

Upcoming Events

FOCS Arts Fest
When: Saturday, April 30 | 11.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m.
Where: Nectar Lounge, 412 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
What: Fundraiser and Family Concert for Families of Color Seattle (FOCS). DANCE PARTY with our kids and get down to the premier Seattle sound with our city’s best and FOCS ARTS global teaching artists! Gather together with our beautiful community of families on El día de los niños! Afrofuturism, Hip-Hop, reggae, R&B, traditional and modern dance, West African, soul, Brasilian. Buy your tickets here!

Mayor’s Education Summit
When: Saturday, April 30 | 9.00 a.m.-3.30 p.m.
Where: Garfield Community Center | 2323 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122
What: All are invited to the Summit on Saturday, April 30 at Garfield Community Center. The Mayor and other staff will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed. RVSP here.

Seattle Opportunity Youth Fair
When: Thursday, May 5 | 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. | Come the whole day or just a few hours!
Where: WAMU Theater, Century Link Event Center
WhatOpportunity Fair with job interviews & on-the-spot offers, mock interviews, resume and application computers, clothing assistance, training resources, mentorship, food, and more! Targeting Opportunity Youth (16-24 year olds not working or in school). [email protected] for more information. All attendees must register online. After youth register, they will receive email/text confirmations and full details on any required job applications for specific companies (if they selected a prescheduled interview). Many companies who have a booth on site will accept “walk-in” interviews with youth.

Students of Color Summit
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15
Where: Central Washington University
What: The Washington Student Association is organizing a Student of Color summit. Helping students navigate through school, life, and diversity. Student-led workshops | Guest Speakers | Evening Event | Food. Please RSVP. More info at

News to Follow

Nearly a quarter of the students in Seattle Public Schools live in families whose home language is not English, yet often interpretation services are lacking, leaving many parents unable to communicate with their children’s educators. OneAmerica has been working with a diverse group of parents who have testified to several school boards in King County about the need for greater access to language services. 

“In Washington…the average district spends $9,383 per student, less than the nationwide average.” See how much your school district spends per child.

A new plan would fix the issue of ballot drop boxes in South Seattle before the next election.

Job Opportunities

Seattle Housing Authority is hiring a part-time Temporary Youth Program Coordinator (Job #102729).

Seattle Education Association is seeking a UniServe Representative.

SOAR is seeing an Early Learning Collaboration Manager.

Seattle Works is hiring a Development and Communications Manager.

Vietnamese Friendship Association is hiring a Youth Program Coordinator.

Listen and Learn is seeking a part-time, one-on-one Afrikaans tutor in Kent, WA. Email a resume to [email protected] if you are interested and direct any questions to her.

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