Archive for the ‘Education’ category

Seattle Times: Seattle Schools budget of $556 million would use savings to fund raises, new hires

June 24, 2008

It’s a plan that Steve Sundquist, chairman of the School Board’s finance committee, calls unsustainable but responsible. MORE…


Campaign Launched to Promote Black Men and Boys’ Achievement

June 24, 2008


On the heels of a growing body of research revealing that the isolation and negative outcomes for African American men and boys is more extreme than previously acknowledged, the Open Society Institute has launched a campaign to promote Black men and boys’ achievement. For example, more than 50% of all African American boys do not finish high school and a mere 18% of black males aged 18 to 21 are enrolled in college. MORE…

Become a Mentor

June 19, 2008

Who wouldn’t want to make a child smile?¬†There are thousands of children in our neighborhood waiting for someone to put a smile on their faces. You have the opportunity to be that person. Become a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. They are in dire need of responsible role models who can help change the life of the youth in our community.

The youth have so much to gain by being in this program. It is proven that they are more likely to engage in school, and to refrain from using drugs and alcohol. It is our responsibility to reach out to these kids, afterall, they are the future of America. There are thousands of children between the ages of 6 and 18 in the program. For a minimum of four hours each month, you can transform the life of someone’s child.

Can you think of a better way to invest your time?… Didn’t think so! Check out BBBS at their website¬†for more information and to join the program.

First-generation students struggle to find their place in college

June 17, 2008


When Carlito Umali takes center stage Sunday at Seattle University’s commencement ceremony, he’s going to talk about community.

And that’s just about all the soon-to-be grad is willing to reveal about his commencement speech. “You want to know more, you’ve got to come out and see,” said SU’s student commencement speaker, a charismatic 21-year-old who will graduate Sunday against the odds.