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Speaking of Equity with LaShawn Routé Chatmon, 2019 Bridge Keynote

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Bridge Conference, School's Out News, Workshops & Training

We are delighted to announce our Tuesday morning keynote, LaShawn Routé Chatmon. We will set the mood for the day, and enter into deep dialogue on transforming racial equity in education.

LaShawn Routé Chatmon is the founding Executive Director of the National Equity Project, leading the organization’s transition from the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES).

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BSK Grantee Spotlight: WAPI Community Services

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Best Starts for Kids OST, School's Out News

When asked what was unique about Washington Asian Pacific Islander Community Services (WAPI), Executive Director Aileen De Leon immediately named the organization’s focus on serving marginalized communities. They hire from within the community to promote authentic relationship building with youth, and to provide leadership opportunities for people who historically haven’t had access to positions of power.

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2019 Bridge Speaker Spotlight — Sexuality, Sustainability, & Supportive Spaces

Posted under Bridge Conference, School's Out News

How can we better support our youth in all spaces? Beyond building those one-on-one relationships outside of school and home, these inspiring speakers at the 2019 Bridge Conference truly transform how to build trusting communities and spaces. From a session on how we reconstruct what sustainability means within affordable housing organizations — to transformative conversations around queer sex education — you will not want to miss these incredible speakers!

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Vietnamese Friendship Association Builds on the Findings of Their "Research Year" with BSK

Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Best Starts for Kids OST, School's Out News

Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) held their first Pride celebration at the Seattle World School this June. Students had rainbow temporary tattoos all over their faces and looked at posters showing Prides from around the world. The event was an opportunity for the newly-arrived immigrant and refugee middle and high school students served by the organization to have fun with each other and with the staff that they had built relationships with over the last school year. It was the first Pride event for many of them but it was also a first for VFA, who officially started serving middle schoolers in the fall of 2018.

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