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Mar 20 2012

Proclamation : 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America

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Proclamation issued at Full Council on March 19, 2012

WHEREAS, March 12, 2012, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which began when Savannah, Georgia, native Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low gathered 18 girls to provide them opportunities to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually; and,

WHEREAS, Today, more than 50 million American women are Girl Scout alumnae, 3.3 million girls and adult volunteers are active members, and Girl Scouts is the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In the city of Seattle, there are 2,374 girls, 1,087 dedicated adult volunteers, and 205 lifetime members who are proud to a part of the Girl Scout tradition; and,

WHEREAS, The award winning Girl Scout Leadership Program helps girls discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place; and,

WHEREAS, As part of the 100th Anniversary celebration, our community has over 4,000 girls and adults being challenged to live Forever Green by exploring their impact on the environment and learning ways to lessen their footprint; and,

WHEREAS, Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that all girls can participate in Girl Scouts regardless of their financial circumstances and the Girl Scout program continues to evolve to address the changing societal challenges through many innovative programs.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that the Seattle City Council officially recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouting and 2012 marks this year as the


And we do hereby applaud the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for their 100 years of leadership and expertise as the voice for and of girls; the Girl Scouts of Western Washington for providing local support; and, the Girl Scouts of Seattle for their courage, confidence, and character.

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Nov 15 2009

Teaching our Youth by first, Listening

Unprecedented Youth Violence Forum. I was proud to take part in a Seattle Channel, CityClub and Town Hall sponsored Youth Violence Forum on Tuesday, November 10. C.R. Douglas, Seattle Channel’s public affairs host, moderated the lively panel discussion which included youth who have been impacted by violence first-hand. A short video was shown where I interviewed youth in the community who were very close to the issue of violence on the streets. “I was joined by Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Director Mariko Lockhart, Police Assistant Chief Jim Pugel, Urban League SYVPI Program Coordinator Jamila Taylor, Royal Alley-Barnes, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cleveland High School students Maraunjanique “Mook” Smallwood and Janisha “Boug” Sparks, a member of the Seattle Police Department gang unit, and Tony McCane, a former boxer, gang member and now community activist.”

Our City’s 2009-2010 budget allocated $8 million of the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative to end the killings and assaults among juveniles, ages 12 to 17. Last year about this time, 5 youth were killed in Seattle. This year, that number is reduced to 0, aside from the tragic killing of 18 year-old Aaron Sullivan.

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Aug 30 2009

Seattle City Council Mentors: Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Interns

At a recent Energy and Technology Committee meeting, I asked Seattle Youth Employment Program participants Tracelyn Moore, Hodan Dahir Hassan, Karen Wong, and Vincent Nguyen, to join the discussion at the Energy and Technology Committee at Council Chambers. We acknowledged each young man and woman for participating in the internship program at the City’s Legislative Department. Click here to view the Energy and Technology Committee meeting and the introductions of Tracelyn, Hodan, Karen, and Vincent. []

Each intern was provided opportunities to explore a variety of work experiences – they learned new office skills, communication skills, computer skills, office etiquette and social skills. Tracelyn, Hodan, Karen, and Vincent learned invaluable life lessons that come with working and earning a paycheck.

Each intern sat around the community table in the Council Chamber and spoke candidly about their accomplishments and aspirations:

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Jul 17 2009

Reinvesting in Youth

“Reinvesting in Youth” as an organization headed by former elected official Jim Street, has mobilized communities for the purpose of addressing our schools’ dropout issue. Its work has been informative and groundbreaking. Educators and administrators alike agree that schools need the support from the larger community in meeting the challenges faced by struggling students.

The 2007 Legislature established the Building Bridges Workgroup under 2SHB 1573. The Workgroup built a set of recommendations in their December 1, 2008, report to the Legislature and focused on important steps on how to address the dropout issue. Their recommendations were heavily influenced by the “systems” approach utilized by Reinvesting in Youth.

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Jul 08 2009

Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Summit

On July 7, I attended the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Summit at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club/Rainier Valley Teen Center. Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and a nationally recognized advocate for disadvantaged Americans, delivered the keynote address. Edelman’s address helped kick off a day of group discussions and speeches. Edelman stated that, “We’ve got to break up this cradle-to-prison pipeline.” She went on to say mental-health treatment cannot be overlooked and that dealing with health issues at a young age is more cost-effective in the long run, saving society future financial burdens. “We can’t afford not to do it,” she said.

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Apr 25 2009

19th Annual Youth and Law Forum:
A model for Mentorship

Seattle’s youth make well-informed career and life choices

On the morning of April 18th, 2009, I was honored to give the keynote address to almost 100 youth at the 19th Annual Youth and Law Forum, held at the First AME Church, Seattle. I have been involved in the Forum since it first began in 1990. This year’s theme, Law and Order, focused on teaching young people how to better understand the judicial and law enforcement fields from the very people who serve in them, as well as educate youth on court procedures and their legal rights and responsibilities.

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A model for Mentorship

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