Students of Color

Students of Color

Black lives matter in education and more

(from:https://www.voicesofyouth.org/blog/nothing-changed)

Life has been really tough for black people. That includes being treated as a minority group in society and being discriminated against in school. It results in poor treatment and fewer opportunities. Whites have always had better opportunities also due to the reason for having money and best materials, best classroom, etc. It’s important to bring light to this issue. For that reason, knowing who you are, what you stand for, and having the right mindset in a school setting and more is important for a Black student. Black Lives Matter Seattle-King Country is a non-profit organization that is doing this exact thing and helping students to fight for the protection and direct action.

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

This group https://blacklivesseattle.org/ is important because it helps students and cares for their protection. Which is worth a lot for a Black student. This organization knows the struggles and pain students of color go through. It doesn’t matter who you are regarding your gender, identity, economic status, religion, etc. They are fighting for black lives. They don’t only take into account school but public health, incarceration, community health, mental health, and others. And it’s important to recognize the troubles not inside the school but also outside school.

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

From the looks of this website https://blacklivesseattle.org/ and all the information I could find online, it has been a long time since they started their journey. They were fighting for racial justice back when George Floyd was killed. The Black Lives Matter Seattle-King Country has 6 directors that are strategists, activists, and partners that have been working in the community to pull apart anti-black policies. “Demand to be Counted 2020” was when they collaborated with Leggette ETI to evaluate an effort to educate and empower black and people of color in Washington state including LGBTQIA. “Strike for Black Lives” on July 20, 2020, thousands of workers across the country demanded the government to take action and confront racism and injustice that is harming the black and browns in the communities.

They raised quarter-million dollars to Black media, Black legal aid, and other Black community organizations.

And the board of directors is as follows: Marlon Brown, Anthony Canape, Cliff Cawthon, Jordan Compton, Deaunte Damper, and Livio De La Cruz.

Whom do they serve?

They serve the community, black women, and collectively any black people who are struggling in life. their targeted group is anyone regardless of sexual identity, gender, status, disability, religion, location.

Programs offered?

They also encourage people to join and help their movement.  “Black-Led Wellness Weekend” is a program where they come together to focus on health and healing. It is an opportunity to receive services, resources, connections, and support. This is also joined with other community organizations that offer free health and healing at Seattle Central College. “State-wide Silent March & General Strike” is a program where they support Black lives in Washington state. The call to action and a general strike is a powerful message to a lot of their institutions.

What could they do better?

They could offer more programs because it would help grow their organization and get more Black students involved. As of right now, they only offer a few more programs.

Was information about the organization accessible?

The information about the organization was accessible on the website https://blacklivesseattle.org/ and very easy to find.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

https://www.girltrek.org/our_mission

This is the largest public health non-profit for African American women and it encourages them to walk and use the first steps to encourage and inspire others in the communities and families. They call up members to support their efforts and to lead a good civilized health movement.

https://www.africanyouthcoalitionhq.com/

This is an African youth organization that believes in building unity and creating a community that will help African American women to create a collective action. They want to make a difference and impact the world in a better way. There are a bunch of activities and organizations as well.

References

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picture from: https://www.voicesofyouth.org/blog/nothing-changed

Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless, Low Income, Poverty, Students of Color, Trauma

Communities in Schools of Seattle

Two students working on a project.

Why is the group you chose to research important?

I chose this group because I myself am a student of color and I think it is important for us to recognize who we are and that we have a lot more power than what it may seem. I know many people who doubt their own abilities just because of where they are from, and there should be no doubts about this. This organization has the resources to give us that opportunity and to give us the chance to find our abilities. Since many kids do not graduate high school, this organization is important in that their goal is to make sure those kids do graduate and have the confidence to further their careers.

Brief history of the organization and its purpose.

The Communities In Schools Seattle states their purpose in their equity statement. They say it is to support students of color in their communities by providing them with resources and opportunities. They also recognize what is needed by the community and eliminate social/historical barriers. They say 1 on 4 students fail to graduate on time in Washington, and they are partnering up with public schools to help address this. The parent organization, which is just Communities In Washington, has a goal of giving the youth control in the classroom and a quality education by addressing inequalities in the education system.

Whom do they serve?

They serve the children and youth of Seattle, and the parent one areas of Washington. By giving kids across the region access to resources, they can help those kids with adult-problems such as homelessness, racism, trauma, and more. They help those youth in various situations whom need the educational assistance. Kids who are at risk of dropping out, that is who they help majority of the time as well.

Programs offered?

There is no area where they list their programs, but there is a page of how one could help. Besides publicizing the organization and donations, people can help organize their own Communities In Schools in one’s community. They are also looking for people to fill their board of directors. They also have live and virtual fundraisers.

Besides what other people can do, they offer services to those in school who have adult problems like homelessness, low income, and others who are at risk of not meeting their graduation quotas.

What could they do better?

They could definitely offer more programs to the community. This is an area they are definitely lacking in, and since they are an organization that branches out to specific regions, having region-specific programs to the community would be extremely beneficial and inviting. I do worry about the intentions of the organization, but they do have a list of all the schools they work with and it is a pretty comprehensive list. They have a success stories page, but it only has three stories. I would expect that an organization would manage more, but any success story is good.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

There was a lot of information that was accessible. The financial information is relatively transparent, and when one goes to the donation form, there is a list of amounts of donations attached with the purpose of it. They seem to be in a great need of sponsorships, probably to get their word out and not for any ill intentions. They publicly list their tax ID presumably to get their tax information. It is good that they are not trying to hide that information, but openly giving it. It is also easy to see the list of employees and the board of directors. I even saw students of the University of Washington on the board, which makes the organization even more trustworthy. The website looks very professional and does not have any formatting mistakes.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

One organization I found was Washington STEM. They are a nonprofit organization that also has a goal in providing better education and to remove historical barriers. They say they envision our state as one where no matter where someone comes from, it does not influence or predict their career.

Another educational organization I found was Northwest Education Access. Their mission is to help low-income students and to give them financial support in their educational careers.

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Gender Justice, Students of Color

Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)

Why is this Nonprofit important?

After so long of women having to fight so hard for something as simple as equal rights to men, we still face obstacles as women and some of us tend to shy away from leading, or a challenge. Women of color specifically experience societal downfalls. The typical school layout has made it easier for students to stand on the sidelines rather than choosing to be involved in leadership opportunities. This organization (Y-WE) helps young women empower themselves and creates a community with a sense of belonging.

Brief history and purpose of the organization

This Nonprofit has been an independent organization since 2015 but it started off as a 7-month pilot leadership program in 2010. It was so successful that everyone who was involved in the program in any way created an organization that would offer year-round programs for girls and women. Y-WE provides a community for young women who are moving towards adulthood identify college and career interests, while also exploring ways to take action in their communities.

Whom do they serve? What programs are offered?

The organization name clues you into the audience they are directed towards. Young women around the Seattle area (especially women of color) who are approaching a more independent age. Y-WE has a plethora of programs to partake in. Some are more conversational such as the Anti-Racism Accountability Program that helps people engage in conversation around how we can be anti-racist and be strong allies for the Black community. They also provide more hands-on programs like the Y-WE Tech Program that teaches young women how to use technology tools for learning, career success, self-expression, social change, and the history of women in technology. There are many other programs offered for young girls to be engaged with their community.

What could they do better?

This nonprofit has pretty much done everything correctly, they are helping the community, provided volunteer opportunities, made it possible to donate money and overall have helped so many young women in the Seattle area. One thing that their website seems to be missing comments from the girls who have been a part of Y-WE. There is one video of them explaining their overall experience with the organization, but I feel like there should be a place on the website where the alumni can comment on the specific programs and add in what they liked, didn’t like, and their recommendations.

Was information about the organization accessible?

Yes. This was a very accessible website and not confusing to use at all. All of the information they provide is clear and concise. They made it easy to navigate and find the specific information you are looking for.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

There are some other organizations that have a similar goal and are doing similar work in this community. There is a nonprofit called Powerful Voices that is “Reimagining Girl Power” by building a community of female activists for female justice. Another Organization called DigiGirlz that gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

Immigrant, Students of Color

Puget Sound Educational Service District

Immigrants in Today’s Society

Immigrants are the backbone of American existence. This country is built on the backs of immigrants and they are a vital part of any new generation of Americans. It’s important that we don’t leave new immigrants in the dust as our society progresses. We need to maintain a standard for the education of immigrant students. The Puget Sound Education Service District works to help immigrant and refugee families with educational improvement

The PSESD’s History and Purpose

This organization helps to fill in the gaps between students from immigrant families, and their education centers by improving the “quality, equity, and efficiency” of their programs. By improving the effectiveness of educational programs, they can help save money and allocate funds to parts of the educational network that support immigrant students, and improve their education quality.

Who does the PSESD Serve?

The PSESD serves all people who are affected by education imbalances by a system that is rigged against them. They are determined to become an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization whose prime directive is to eliminate opportunity gaps that are present due to racial inequality.

PSESD’s Offered Programs

The PSESD offers a few main services to help better the education of immigrant families and others who are affected by educational program inequality. Administrative and management services: They offer this service to provide a program that improves leadership at the administrative level in schools. This service improves how an educational environment can be run by teaching those who run it how to improve themselves. Another major service they provide is Equity in Education: This service’s primary goal is to further develop the education services that are already put into place. They do this by implementing better changes into initiatives already put into place in education organizations and supporting that staff that carries them out. The final service they offer is Learning, Teaching and Family Support: This service helps support the families of immigrant students, which helps immigrant students who are struggling in school maintain a better foothold in the family unit. When a student is struggling at home, it’s incredibly difficult for them to maintain a good education at school. This service also assists learning professionals and supports them by assisting in their ability to provide equitable access to academic resources for all students.

What could the PSESD improve on?

Currently, the PSESD gets less than 2% of its funding from state allocation and relies on entrepreneurial means, and grants. However this money isn’t guaranteed, and in the event that money stops coming in, all of these services will cease, and the foundation that they built to support these affected students begins to crumble. They need to receive more state funding to allow them to maintain their existence. Pushing harder for state funding should be a focus.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

Most of the PSESD’s service information is quite vague. It’s not clear based on their website what they are specifically doing to assist these students in their education. However, on their homepage, they have a list of classes and services that they offer that you can register to directly and their site is easy to navigate.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has a migrant education program that does similar work to the PSESD.

Accessible Forums for Social Justice, Creating Communities of Learning that Include Families, Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless, Immigrant, Students of Color

FCS – Filipino Community of Seattle

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

Filipinos all throughout the United States of America are prominent enough and numerous enough to be important enough to have all the support they need, numbering around 4.2 Million Nationwide and around 100 Thousand around the Seattle Area and possibly more around the Puget Sound.

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

Artwork by Christopher Ramos

Having been around since the mid 1930s, the FCS has a long and reputable history on its back and they have served a great purpose on helping the Filipino Communities around the area especially with those that are in incredibly need like those of recent immigrants, those who have been suffering from racial strife and segregation, and simply Filipinos that are in need. Thus, having the need to band together to survive in a rather hostile environment.

From helping the elderly to nurturing filipino children, their overall mission is to safeguard the well-being of the Filipino Community in the Greater Seattle region in order to achieve as stated in their Vision: “A united, thriving and vibrant Filipinx community.”

Whom do they serve? Programs Offered?

They mainly serve Filipinos from American-born Filipinos to Immigrant Filipinos coming from all around the world.

As their goal is to cultivate and develop a vibrant Filipino community, they offer services ranging from Youth Development like Youth Programs; to Cultural and Artistic Programs; to Senior/Elderly Focused Services like Senior Lunch/Food Banks and Senior Hubs; to even Civil Rights Services regarding Gender Based Violence that supports those who have been victims and are currently victimized with advocacy groups like the Filipinx Against Violence (FA V) that increases awareness and advocacy to those who have been victimized to crimes like domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. (Source)

What could they do better?

Regarding growth as an organization, perhaps increasing outreach as weird as it is, my family which are all Filipinos have yet to really know about such organizations other than our other relatives that might be more in touch within the Filipino community around the Puget Area Region.

Furthermore, perhaps an increase of services regarding that of the youth and even that of cultural events can get some more services, however, I suppose due to the pandemic, such actions might not be as needed as it is now. With the elderly requiring more attention and support in these dire times. Which is why I believe outreach is more of a priority in regards to organizational growth and perhaps even membership.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

Yes, the information about it is incredibly accessible with both a website that is user-friendly and most of the information being readily available all within their website. Furthermore, they do also have a Facebook Page, which is what most Filipino use and is highly rated as well, as another source of information to be able to gather from.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Regarding similar organizations, there are those like the Filipino-American Community of Puget Sound (FACPS), however, their website is rather empty and are filled with fillers like “Lorem Ipsum” throughout the website which was a big red flag in regards to activity. However, they do offer services like Scholarships to their Food Banks and with a rather remote location like Algona, WA, I believe FCS would be a better one overall. (Link to Website)

Another one is the Filipino-American National Historical Society (FANHS), arguably a better than one than that of the FACPS, focuses more on Education and History than that of Social Service; however, due to that, they have a more comprehensive program list and curriculum for Filipino Education with Formal Educational Programs like that of Filipino American Heritage Studies and Filipino American Education Institute. Overall, an organization that has a different focus but similar in essence and work, serving Filipinos in America. (Link to Website)

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