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8 Wednesday, September 10, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News GUEST OPINION The levy has taken a preventive approach to the social and educa- tional challenges Seattle's families By Steve Dasehle and children face. It has funded SPECIAL TO THE HERALD-NEWS On Sept. 16, we have the chance many services the federal govern- to make it crystal clear that we care ment, state legislators and private ~3out the young people and families organizations are no longer willing of Southwest Seattle by voting yes or able to provide. on Proposition One, the renewal of School districts are regularly the Families and Education Levy. forced to scrimp on bilingual educa- Rarely does so little do so much to tion, music and sports programs, make the quality of life in this city while having to meet the financial second to none in the nation, demands of providing computer During the last seven years, the technology in the classroom. services provided with funds from this levy have built an impressive THE POLITICAL mood in track record of success as they have Olympia is focused on only provid- helped young people and families ing funding for the nuts and bolts of be safe, healthy and ready to learn, education. Federal cutbacks and pri- This renewal will continue this vats limitations on social-service record of success while not raising funding hav~ left many families and taxes. It will earmark the same $69 children without essential services which provide food, clothing, emo- million during the next seven years, or about $40 per year on a home tional encouragement or medical valued at $150,000. support. Because children and fami- As the executive director of lies who learn and thrive depend on Southwest Youth and Family Ser- the stability and availability of these vices (SWYFS), as well as a father services, it is vital that the city of of two children (Our older child Seattle step up to provide them. starts in Seattle Public Schools this Levy funding is divided into tbur year), I strongly believe these ser- components: early-childhood devel- vices are essential to the success of opment, student and family-support our schools, services, out-of-school activities and academic achievement. South- west Seattle youth and families ben- efit from each of these components. The Family Center at Southwest Youth and Family Services is a tremendous resource for the com- munity. We offer parenting classes, English-as-a-second-language Federal cutbacks and private limita- tions on social service funding have left many families and children without essential services... ----~teve Daschle Direclor, SWYFS instruction, citizenship classes, a summer and after-school program for young people and a variety of opportunities to celebrate our diverse community. Child care is provided on-site lbr participants of all of these activities. Families also benefit from the assistance and training offered to and 150 child-care providers throughout plet Seattle. Six hundred and fifty chil- dren receive quality child care schools through this levy. vide SWYFS also provides counseling and educational support through our rals for! staff at Denny and Madison middle schools and our Seattle Team for Sinct Youth case managers, su Our counselors focus on the young people and families who less need the most help to be successful and in school. Our Seattle Team for more Youth case managers work closely with the Seattle Police to keep Why Host? Exciting! Rewarding! Relevant! * Lifetime! Shares America and the American Dream! Brings the world home to your family! With AISE, a ~uperior supf~rV program, excellent ~creening. good English, i~tealistic youth. Local, available, trained, active, caring repreoentat~ives. American Interculturol Student Exch, Highly rated non-profit Do you know about us? Small classes! IGreat teachers! s still available for next fall! :hool through 5th Grade Before & After School Care (7-9 am; 3-6 pm) Ask about our new Summer Program... 0 I 10015 - 28th Ave SW Member, Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools IPNAISI ,~ ~ >,,i i~~ ~ ~'!!!!iii filial ,(ii~,~iil i~,i, : .... INow Youthbuild Trainees! Information Meeting-Sept. 15th, 9arr I I construction trades? IIDo you want an opportunity to get more lin the skills needed to have a good pay [ Youthbuild Together might be the program for t Youthbuild Together Offers: Paid wages while you leam GED preparation Job placement Classroom on-site construction skills training Educational attendance bonuses Leadership training - Business training Who is Eligible? High school dropouts Young people 16-24 years old Low-income Young people with a desire to work in the construction trades Individuals who are serious and committed To apply you must attend an information meeting on September 15. 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