SPS Family Resources
Seattle Public Schools is excited to begin the creation of learning materials in partnership with various community organizations. We are in the stage of creating and sustaining these partnerships with the hope that we can co-create our Ethnic Studies program in a meaningful, community-centered way. Below are links to some of the organizations we are beginning to partner with. Many offer valuable community resources and advocate for the well-being of our community.
Families of Color Seattle
Families Of Color Seattle (FOCS) is a non-profit organization that is connecting parents to build a loving community of families of color. Our mission is to build a strong community by supporting families of color through parenting programs, resource sharing and fostering meaningful connections. FOCS Programs include Parent Groups, cultural arts and community events. FOCS also specializes in community dialogues, race and equity workshops and consulting on FOC engagement and anti-bias education. We equip parents and educators with tools to talk with children on identity, racism, inclusion & equity, and trauma informed practices.
Parent Groups: Are you expecting or have children? Looking to meet other progressive families of color? Want to engage in a social justice community working on dismantling racism and inequity? Join one of our Parent Groups: Newborns South/ Newborns North/Toddlers and Waddlers/ Black Moms / Native Moms/ Children with Disabilities / Couples / LGBTQ (QTFOCS) / Multiracial and Mixed-Race Families / Single Moms of Color/ Transracial Adoptive and Foster Care Families/ Growing Families/ Working Moms/ Dads Groups… and more to come!
Fathers and Sons Together (FAST)
FAST is a 501©3 youth development organization based in Southeast Seattle centered on providing guidance, support, and nurturing to underprivileged youth-particularly youth of color. Our work promotes lifestyle changes that support improved educational outcomes, improved health and wellness, and better decision making from our youth, while also encouraging community advocacy and engagement from youth and parents alike.
Studies show that children who enjoy the support of a strong father figure displays better decision-making skills, are more likely to achieve academically, and do better in the workplace as adults—all of which contribute to lowered risk of involvement in the criminal justice system. FAST seeks to aid in the creation of these bonds by supporting fathers to be present, positive and active with their sons-building loving relationships that feature good boundaries, direct involvement, and strength of character on both sides of the generational divide. We recognize the unfortunate statistics of fatherless homes in our communities and encourage uncles, grandfathers, coaches, and mothers and like to join our program as mentors to their youth. Supporting strong father/son relationships has a positive impact on the mental and emotional health of young men. It has the influence to improve the academic and vocational function; and aids in positive decision making; positioning our youth to become active and able participants in community life as they reach adulthood. Our primary focus is to prevent our youth from entering the juvenile justice systems and to empower their fathers/mentors to take ownership of their journey. This all begins at home.
To date, FAST has successfully developed several FREE signature projects where we empower, educate, and enjoy an activity, food and dynamic workshops featuring open discussions led by professional African American leaders as facilitators on relevant topics which directly affect our community: Fishing Day & Play, Empowerment Baseball Camp, Empowerment Basketball Camp, Barbershop Chat Chew & Play, Walk for Change, Father and Son overnight Camping Experience.
ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance)
ReWA is a non-profit, multi-ethnic organization that promotes inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate services. ReWA advocates for social justice, public policy changes, and equal access to services while respecting cultural values and the right to self-determination.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos.
Sea Mar is one of the largest community health centers in the country with 34 medical clinics, 26 dental clinics, 36 behavioral health clinics and several human and educational services across 13 counties in Washington state. Sea Mar continuously strives to engage, strengthen and respond to the needs of its communities. By doing so, Sea Mar has evolved into more than a health center; it has become an essential resource to patients and families. From the north in Everson to the south in Vancouver, Sea Mar provides affordable and quality care for communities throughout western Washington.
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC)
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition(SESEC) is a coalition of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), schools,educators, community leaders, parents and caregivers, and concerned SESeattle residents working to improve education for all children,especially those in SE Seattle and those farthest away fromopportunities.