LEV: League of Education Voters

Why is the group that you chose to research important? This group I chose to research is important because they help improve education quality and access to individuals and families who have been a victim to systemic inequalities in the

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Centro Rendu Saint Vincent de Paul

https://centrorendu.org/?gclid=CjwKCAiAprGRBhBgEiwANJEY7KnqEPSKtSPSN_IKZkRZdJcIU1bhuobAsawXL0fODBVTNp4h6hJ9MRoCUQ8QAvD_BwE

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

I chose to investigate Latino students because this group makes up the second-highest race of population in the Puget Sound area. I am also part of this group so I get to learn more about what resources are out there and are provided for us.

Brief history of the educational organization that you have researched along with the purpose of the organization?

Centro Rendu was founded in the Puget sound area in 2013. The name Centro Rendu comes from a blessed daughter of Charity, Rosalie Rendu. Rosaline was a leader, teacher, organizer, and advocate for justice who took care of her family during the 19th-century industrial revolution in Paris. Centro Rendu’s mission is to protect, defend and support Latino families.

Whom do they serve? Programs offered?

This organization offers services through education, social services, legal advocacy, and leadership development that are aimed to empower and strengthen communities. They have many programs such as free adult education. You can take basic classes in Spanish for English lessons, high school completion, and computer classes. There is a case management program that provides service to help achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Legal services that connect individuals and families in their path to status. Their “Back 2 Work” program supports Latino adults to earn their diplomas as well as provide job connections. Early Childhood resources which is a direct line for families with preschool children who need access to services. A ReRuote program that aims to help prevent gang involvement, drug use, and academic challenges through mentorship.

What could they do better?

I think an area of growth would be more ways for this organization to reach their target audience of latinos in need of help. I had to do some digging to find this site and it’s a great one that should be towards the top when people in the Puget Sound Area need to search for these kinds of things.

Was information about the organization accessible?

Yes, I could easily find everything. The website is not overwhelming with information, it’s very direct, plus there is an option to view in Spanish. At the very top of the cite, drop downs such as why they’re doing what their doing, contact information, locations, as well as programs is clear and accesable. The page with the programs is color coded with simple expliations, along with links to more in depth information of each one to quide you to exactly what you’re looking for.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Here is another organization working to support Latinos. Casa Latina is a non-profit organization that help Latinos through education by providing skilled classes and workers rights as well as English lessons; employment that offers daily job dispatch for labor workers and community organization.

https://casa-latina.org/

One last organization that works to support Latinos is the Latino Community Fund. This non-profit organization invests to develop skills, knowledge and connections in communities. They have leadership programs for the youth, tech programs and economic empowerment programs.

https://www.latinocommunityfund.org/economic_empowerment_initiative

Creating Communities of Learning that Include Families

LEV: League of Education Voters

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

This group I chose to research is important because they help improve education quality and access to individuals and families who have been a victim to systemic inequalities in the state of Washington. This one particularly caught my eyes because even though I reside in Washington State, I haven’t came across this organization so I was intrigued to research into it.

Brief History/Organization’s Purpose:

This organization was founded in 2001 by local Washington residents in an effort to help support students in getting equal rights and opportunities for their education system in order to excel in their careers. They have influenced many of the landmark funding and policy decisions that were made in improving the education system in Washington on behalf of the students. The purpose of this organization consists of increasing Washington State’s student achievement to the top 10% in the nation, eliminating inequalities by addressing racial, economic, and social disparities in academic achievements, and increasing the number of students earning college degrees to 70%.

Whom do they serve?

This organization serves students and families all across the state of Washington to reduce the disparities of economical, racial, and social status for more educational equalities. They advocate for resources for the needs of students as well as mobilizing families, youth, educators, communities, and businesses to understand the public education system and remove barriers of systemic inequities. They also provide accurate and timely information to the media, voters, and policymakers regarding Washington State’s public education system.

The programs offered are:

  • Welcoming, safe, and inclusive school communities
  • Establishing equitable resourcing structures centered on the need of students
  • Addressing the student mental health and social-emotional wellness crisis
  • Students receiving special education services
  • Students with disabilities are general education students first and must be supported and included

What could they do better?

This organization could add a tab on their website regarding the programs they offer and more information regarding those programs. In reviewing their jobs and internships tab, they mentioned they are not recruiting at this moment, so they could have more internships and recruit more people.

Was information about the program accessible/red flags?

The information for this program was very accessible and there wasn’t any red flags to be noticed by researching the website. The only thing that I noted was that it was very difficult to find the programs offered by this organization.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Another organization that is doing similar work to League of Education Voters is Communities in schools of Washington. Their mission is to surround students with support from communities and empowering them to stay in school to succeed in their lives.

Resources

“Putting Students First.” League of Education Voters, 10 Feb. 2022, https://educationvoters.org/. 

Low Income

Education is a right.

Picture was taken from the NWEA website

Education is a right that all people should have access to. Sadly, we live in a world where that is not an equal opportunity for all. Children born every year cannot control their income status, and their opportunities can be slim compared to others around them. The Northwest Education access is a non-profit that provides comprehensive and individual support to help low-income young people, from the ages of 16-29, build a path toward higher education. The NWEA came to be after Dr. Polly Trout saw how many barriers low-income youth had to overcome to succeed in college. From 2002-2006 the association was fully volunteer based, but finally received funding in 2006. Through expansion the Seattle Education Access started to grow into the King County area and is currently continuing to grow to the point where they changed their name to the Northwest Education Access.The Northwest Education Access provides personal attention, mentorship, technical assistance, and support to low-income people navigating post-secondary education. They connect low-income students with information and resources, Advocate for and with low-income people, empowering them to develop a voice of their own, and lastly provide financial support to those in need to help chase their goals of higher education.

The NWEA offer a premium service that differentiates them from other non-profits in the field. This is their education advocates. The advocates are a direct line to the students, and they help create an educational plan directly based off of the goals of the students. At NWEA students are at the drivers seat the goal is to help them achieve their desired goals. Education advocates are available to students for support, mentoring, coaching. The education advocates offer:

  • Flexibility to meet with students
  • In-person support to help navigate financial aid and other resources
  • Open-ended timeline in working towards a goal
  • Low-barrier access to a support service
  • Loyalty to the student, not a school, or outside organization

Although the NWEA offer a really good mentorship towards their students they only serve the older community. Before the ages of 16 they offer no help to any student. This is a glaring flaw, because there are many low-income students who will already be struggling by the time, they get to the age of 16. They do offer great support to higher education, and I love that they serve no bias to a school or organization.

NWEA do what they do very well and in their goal and main program of college prep for students they are almost unmatched in the greater Seattle area. They are spoken off very highly being given 100 out of 100 points by Charity Navigator. There are many similar educational organizations in Seattle including Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, as well as equity in education coalition which both serve similar higher education opportunities for students.

Education should be a given, not a luxury and non-profit organizations such as the North West Education Access are giving students the opportunities they deserve.

Accessible Forums for Social Justice, Gender Justice, LGBTQ+

Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

FEPPS (@FreedomEdProj) / Twitter
http://fepps.org/

Making a Difference for Women and Trans People in Prison

This non-profit organization provides college classes to women and trans people who are in prison so that they can get either their associates degree or a bachelor of arts degree. This is important because it helps prevent these people from getting sent to prison again after they get out of prison and helps them get jobs once they are released.

A History and A Purpose

This organization was started in 2011 when a group at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) called the Women’s Village started inviting professors to the prison to teach college classes to the women.

Serving Women and Trans Inmates

This organization serves Women and Trans inmates in prisons around the Puget Sound area. They offer associate and bachelor degree programs to help inmates prepare for their future once they get out of the prison. So far they only work with Washington’s Corrections Center for Women and have not yet branched out to helping other groups of people in prisons with other genders or juvenile detention facilities.

Ways to Improve

This organization has a great website with a lot of information on it. They could go into more detail about their history or provide a list of specific prisons that they work in but other than that I found everything very easily.

Information Accessibility

The information on the website was very accessible with a clear board of directors and staff as well as information about how they use donations. It was also up to date with current Covid guidelines and a warning about a scam that has been using their name.

Similar Organizations

A similar organization is the Women’s Village. Women’s Village is an organization in WCCW, which I mentioned in the history section of my post.

Another similar organization is the Prison Education Foundation which provides higher education to men and women in prison. https://www.prisonedu.org/

LGBTQ+

PFLAG Seattle

Image from PFLAG

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the first and largest family and ally support group for LGBTQ+ individuals, and it is important because it provides aid for LGBTQ+ students and their friends and family.

Brief history of the educational organization that you have researched along with the purpose of the organization?

This organization was founded in 1973 inspired by a small action of a mother publicly supporting her gay son. PFLAG serves the purpose of creating an inclusive community where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected and valued no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. In their early years after the establishment, they were even asked to chaperone the first-ever Lesbian/Gay prom at the University of Washington. PFLAG Seattle remains to be one of the most active chapters and they continue to strive for their mission by providing resources such as newsletters, their blog, and booklets to help inform their members regarding this topic.

Whom do they serve?

Their main focus is to hold online and in-person monthly support meetings for parents, allies, and LGBTQ+ youths, and they are since the organization serves the members to give them opportunities to share their experiences of being a part of the LGBTQ+ community or knowing someone who is LGBTQ+.

Programs offered?

As it is their mission is to bring unity to LGBTQ+ individuals and their loved ones, the PFLAG Seattle chapter has made a significant impact in the LGBTQ+ community in the greater Seattle area by giving motivational speeches to many high school students and university LGBTQ+ student groups and offering them various resources to make the members reach an understanding.

What could they do better?

I believe that PFLAG Seattle is doing outstanding work of inspiring LGBTQ+ youths by giving them the space to connect with their families, friends, and allies. I really hope they continue to work with their members to help the LGBTQ+ youths feel safe and become confident in themselves.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

As far as I know, I could not find any red flags as it is a national organization and it has local chapters all over the country, and I found the information on the website to be easily accessible because I was able to find the purpose of this organization and what they do without any difficulties.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

I found a couple of organizations that do similar work as PFLAG, and they are Campus Pride and GLSEN. Campus Pride is a national nonprofit organization to create a safer campus environment for LGBTQ+ students and they work to bring LGBTQ+ students and ally students together. Next, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is an educational organization that works against harassment, discrimination, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in K-12 schools. I feel relieved knowing that there are many organizations for LGBTQ+ students to make them feel safe and give inspiration to them and I hope these organizations keep working to aspire LGBTQ+ students and help them achieve their dreams.

Works Cited:

Campus Pride. (2022, January 28). Retrieved February 9, 2022, from https://www.campuspride.org/ 

GLSEN. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from https://www.glsen.org/ 

PFLAG Seattle. (1970, February 14). Retrieved February 9, 2022, from https://www.pflagseattle.org/ 

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