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“Stop the Hate: Come Together” Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Join El Centro de la Raza on January 16th, 2017 for this important celebration of Martin Luther King Day. The MLK Seattle Celebration Committee is organizing a celebration with workshops, rallies, and a march. All events will begin at Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave East Jefferson) and workshops will be held from 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM. Read more or learn how to get involved here.

MLK Day poster

Math Exploration Party with Zeno

On Tuesday June 6th, our Parent-Child Home Program hosted a math exploration party for our families in partnership with Zeno, a Seattle based nonprofit dedicated to building children’s excitement and confidence about math!

The floor was spread with articles typically found in any home – socks, plates, beanbags, measuring cups, tiny cars, dinosaurs – in an assortment of colors and shapes. Children were free to play, to paint, to sort and stack.  The goal was to encourage a fun early learning environment for math in a child’s life, and to support parents to be a part of that process. A total of 13 parents and children attended.

A special thank you to Zeno for collaborating with us and providing families with math activities throughout the year!

Learning Center Seattle GED Prep Classes

The Learning Center Seattle Open Doors 1418 youth re-engagement program is now enrolling for GED prep classes. Students enrolled in the program prepare for their GED for free and work with a case manager and education advocate for barrier support and college readiness. Students 16-21 years old and no longer in school should attend an information session to learn more: contact Emily Williams at emily.williams@seattlecolleges.edu or (206) 934-4439,  or text (503) 451-5276 for more information about how to enroll.

Juneteenth International Celebration

On June 16th, 17th, and 18th, celebrate Juneteenth with the Central Area Chamber of Commerce! The event will be held from 12 PM – 10 PM each day at Pratt Park (1800 S Main St), and is free and open to the public. Activities include an ice cream social, live music, and more. Kids of all talents can be included in the Kid’s Star Search (17 and under), and pop performers will be considered for the Star Search: to sign up, contact DeCharlene Williams by May 31st at (206) 325-2864 or decharlene2108@aol.com.

Applications Open for Lending Circles/Tandas

lending circlesWhat’s your financial goal for 2017? Well, Lending Circles are here to help! We’re partnering with Mission Asset Fund to offer a safe, reliable, zero-interest loan that helps you build your credit. There is NO credit requirement to be eligible! Apply online today at www.lendingcircles.org. For more information, please contact Francisco Molinero at (206) 957-4610 or fmolinero@elcentrodelaraza.org.

Labor Standards Outreach Program

Our Labor Standards Program helps Seattle workers with minimum wage, wage theft and paid sick time issues. Please contact Enrique at (206) 973-4290 or eespinosa@elcentrodelaraza.org to learn more.
Nuestro programa de normas laborales ayuda a trabajadores con problemas de salario mínimo, robo de salario, y pago por ausencia de enfermdad, dentro la cuidad de Seattle. Póngase en contacto con Enrique al (206) 973-4290 o eespinosa@elcentrodelaraza.org para aprender más.

Vendor Carts Open at Plaza Roberto Maestas!

1223ff9a-2b94-11e7-ac0d-04d40dc30b47-750x500Six food carts have recently opened for business at Plaza Roberto Maestas! We are so excited to have graduates from our Business Opportunity Center classes sharing their heritage through food with us.
Our vendors are chosen through
an application process and are able to lease a cart, table and canopy for a year. This gives individuals who are hoping to open up a small restaurant down the road experience and a foot in the door! [Photo credit: The Seattle Times. Oscar Fernandez dishes up paninis and tamales to his customers].

From Hiroshima to Hope

Seattle’s annual peace event honoring the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “From Hiroshima to Hope,” will be from 6 PM – 9 PM on Sunday, August 6th. This will mark the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings and the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 1066, which led to the internment and confiscation of property of American citizens of Japanese descent on the West Coast of the U.S. This event will feature musical performances, speakers, and a candle-lit lantern floating ceremony. It will be held just south of the Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse on Green Lake’s northwest shore at West Green Lake Drive North and Stone Ave North, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (206) 453-4471 or visit fromhiroshimatohope.org.

Proposal to Boost Funding for Arts, Science and Heritage Education on August Ballot

In August, King County voters will now have the option to boost funding for arts, sciences, and heritage education and access. Last Tuesday on the steps of El Centro de la Raza, community leaders and organizations came together to kick off the YES on Prop. 1 campaign that will support these educational advancements. As Renton Superintendent-elect Dr. Pattenaude stated: “In a district where more than half of our students rely on free and reduced lunch, Proposition 1 will be instrumental to leveling the playing field so all students have access to arts, science and heritage education.” Volunteer here or donate here to help make these transformed educational outcomes a reality!

Financial and Credit Counseling

Would you like to establish or improve your credit? Do you want help creating a plan to pay down debts and start saving? Our financial counselor can help you set and meet your financial goals or explore options to address difficult financial situations. We support clients in the following areas: creating strategies to pay down debt and improve credit; correcting errors on credit reports; building credit; addressing identity theft; creating and keeping spending and savings plans; establishing student loan and other types of payment plans; negotiating with creditors; and accessing financial and social services that suit client needs. For more information, please contact Financial Counselor Jennyfer Berrueta-Trejo at (206) 717-0085 or jbtrejo@elcentrodelaraza.org

Roberto Maestas Summer Learning Program

The Roberto Maestas Summer Learning Program is now enrolling! This program will run from June 28 through August 9, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM at El Centro de la Raza. Summer Learning will provide 2.5 hours of academic instruction and cultural enrichment. Students and parents will have an opportunity to work with a case manager, and fun and educational field trips are scheduled every Friday! It includes free lunch and transportation. The program is for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who want to improve their math, science and literacy skills. Please contact Mark at malvarez@elcentrodelaraza.org or (206) 957-4631 for more information.