Archive for the ‘youth’ category

Seattle PI: Native American, black kids more likely to end up in foster care

June 26, 2008

By JOHN IWASAKI
P-I REPORTER

Until he was 17, Charles Goodwin spent most of his teen years living with foster families and interacting with caseworkers who never fully understood him for a basic reason: None shared his Native American heritage.

The state removed him from his dysfunctional home and passed him through the child welfare system, where some foster parents referred to him as an “Injun” and disregarded his cultural interests, he said, while the state ignored his requests for a Native American caseworker. MORE…

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Campaign Launched to Promote Black Men and Boys’ Achievement

June 24, 2008

From DiversitySpectrum.com:

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…

Two shootings. Six months pass. Zero suspects.

June 19, 2008

By Levi Pulkkinen, P-I Reporter

Six months have passed since two South Seattle teens were gunned down in separate incidents in disparate corners of the city. And police still have no suspects, as witnesses refuse to come forward.

Allen Joplin and De’Che Morrison had much in common. Both were sons of Seattle, students at city schools who had minor scrapes with the law. Both were mourned as children killed before they could correct mistakes made in the arrogance of youth. 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 www.bbbs.org¬†for more information and to join the program.