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September 2017

For Immediate Release:                                                                             Contact: Teresa Everett
September 28, 2017                                                                                                       206-329-2050
ATLANTIC STREET CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
SEATTLE, WA – Atlantic Street Center is pleased to announce our new Executive Director, Someireh Amirfaiz, a proven leader with a strong history of forging sustainable relationships and achieving positive outcomes benefiting the community. Someireh will fill the vacancy created by Edith Elion when she retires after forty years of service to ASC at the end of the year.
“We are delighted to announce this appointment,” said Bob Vivian, Atlantic Street Center Board President. “As we build on more than a century of legacy and services to our communities, Someireh’s proven leadership, experience, creativity, and commitment to equity made her a clear choice to lead our organization into the future.” Her appointment initiates an exciting new phase for Atlantic Street Center as the organization continues to deepen its services to meet the changing needs of a growing community.
“Someireh’s commitment to creating opportunities for marginalized communities is critical in our efforts to provide wraparound services to meet the needs of low-income African-American children, youth, and families of color,” said Board Member Brenda Fitch.
Someireh holds Degrees in Psychology from the University of Washington and Seattle University and is currently completing her Doctorate Degree in the College of Education at Seattle University. As an accomplished leader, Someireh’s non-profit experience includes twenty-five years of advocacy, leadership development, administration, communications and community mobilization. She served as the Executive Director of Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) for twelve years where she led the agency through tremendous growth and expansion. Someireh has served on numerous Boards and Committees to increase awareness about the causes of disparities and inequities facing racial and ethnic minorities.
“We are particularly excited about her demonstrated leadership, vision and passion as well as her experience leading a capital campaign and the success she had refining and sharpening organizational vision and mission of the agencies she has led,” said Board Member John Martin. “As an accomplished leader, she has demonstrated innovative strategies and ideas in all aspects of her leadership. We believe her expertise in those areas will enhance and benefit our organization immensely.”
“United Way of King County is pleased to hear Someireh Amirfaiz will lead Atlantic Street Center,” said Jon Fine, President and CEO of United Way of King County. “We value our long-standing partnership with Atlantic Street Center and look forward to working with Ms. Amirfaiz to serve children, youth and families of color in King County.”
Someireh’s selection came after a national search and selection process that included input from staff, community and ASC Board members. The search team was chaired by Board Member Rick DuPree who said, “As we strive to be the premier agency serving the African American community, we are excited about her strong track record of being a fearless advocate for social change and social justice. It became crystal clear during the interview process that Someireh was a true leader, a visionary, and the right person to lead Atlantic Street Center moving forward.” The staff and Board are excited to welcome Someireh to the team starting October 2.
 “To champion justice and social equity is hard work. I’m honored and excited to lead an organization that has demonstrated a sustained and unwavering commitment to the common good,” said Someireh. “I’m confident that Atlantic Street Center will lead the way in turning the focus on structural disadvantages that impact the equality of opportunity for so many families of color. As we identify what needs to be changed, we will enhance our collective work towards a systematic approach to solving problems of inequality and inequity.”
Atlantic Street Center (ASC) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization providing educational, family support and mental health counseling services for children, youth, and their families. ASC primarily serves low-income African-American and other families of color who reside in central, southeast and greater Seattle area.  For more information, visit www.atlanticstreet.org
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August 2017

SA 2017

Atlantic Street Center celebrated another amazing and incredible Summer Academy. For four weeks, students participated in math, language, writing and spelling in the mornings and positive, educational enrichment activities in the afternoon. Students also participated in the reading lab, accomplished new feats, set goals for themselves, made new friends and overcame academic challenges.

ASC staff were on site every day to assist in the classrooms, kitchen and reading lab. The Mental Health Therapists developed and implemented a curriculum focused on social/emotional development. This year, they worked with teachers to ensure a safe and fun learning environment. The group’s topics focused on the following: feelings identification, social/interpersonal skills, cultural and communication differences, self-soothing regulation and mindfulness. The teachers stated that students were successful in applying what they learned in the everyday class setting.

Thank you to our community partners, the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, Junior Achievement, the Seattle Public Library for providing enrichment activities. We’d like to offer a special thank you to Rick Rizzs Toys for Kids for providing back packs and school supplies for every child at Summer Academy.

 


July 2017

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Monday, July 3rd, was the perfect summer night to watch a baseball game. Thanks to the generosity of Rick Rizzs’ Toys for Kids, Atlantic Street Center families attended a Mariners game and stayed after to watch a spectacular fireworks show. Atlantic Street Center families were invited to celebrate Christmas in July with Rick Rizzs’ Toys for Kids at Safeco Field.

This annual event is part of the Rick Rizzs’ Toys for Kids fundraising campaign to ensure that homeless and disadvantaged children throughout Seattle and King County receive toys for Christmas each year. Atlantic Street Center is one of a handful of local nonprofits chosen by Toys for Kids to distribute toys to families with the hope of making the families’ holiday season just a bit brighter.

Rick’s Toys for Kids was founded in September 1995 after Rick Rizzs and Dave Henderson saw a news report about the rising numbers of homeless families in Seattle. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of homeless and disadvantaged children, Rick and Dave, along with some of the Mariners’ players provided 300 children with gifts that year.  Twenty-one years later, Toys for Kids is still going strong and making an even bigger impact.

Thank you to Rick Rizzs Toys for Kids and the Seattle Mariners for inviting Atlantic Street Center families to enjoy a perfect summer evening at Safeco Field.


June 2017

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Juneteenth had 411 participants and over 20 organizations and partners who came out to see local entertainment, arts and crafts, haircuts, balloons and face-painting and core-gaming activities for youth and young adults. Over $1,000 worth of prizes were raffled to kids and adults for attending. Each child, 16 and under, received a passport to visit each community partner table and activity rooms provided to receive a stamp and be entered in a drawing. We were able to re-engage participants who have been a part of the organization for the last 20 years and also reach out to new youth and families.


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December 2016

Just in case you missed us in The Seattle Times:

Nowhere to go and an SUV full of kids:
A disabled widow keeps her family together

Originally published December 17, 2016 at 8:00 am  

Nicole Hagins, center, with her family. Seated in foreground are Malique, 19, left, and Joshua, 5. Standing behind are, from left: Jordan, 15, Jade, 14, Sojourner, 11, and Shadai, 14. At far right is Kishan Scipio, a family advocate with Atlantic Street Center who has helped Hagins’ family find schools and housing in Seattle and settle into the community.  (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)
After losing her husband to a sudden illness, Nicole Hagins found herself alone with six kids and no place to go. Help came from Seattle’s Atlantic Street Center, one of 12 nonprofits aided by your donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.
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Seattle Times staff reporter
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October/November 2016

Our 106th Annual Dinner and Auction took place on October 1, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel. The event raised $70,000 thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors. Because the event costs were covered by sponsors, 100 percent of the monies raised will help us further our mission of helping families and communities raise healthy successful children and youth. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

A few ‘thanks yous’ are in order. The first thank you is to our title sponsor Alaska Airlines. Other event sponsors included Pepsi, MCM, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Amerigroup Real Solutions, Seattle Children’s and THS. We so appreciate your unfailing support and commitment to changing the lives of children, youth and families. Thank you to our wonderful board members for all you did to make the event a great success. Thank you also ASC staff and volunteers for supporting us that evening.

We were also honored to present two awards that evening. The John S. Radovich Spirit Award was presented to Ginny Meisenbach, a longtime children’s advocate and philanthropist. Also, the Lacewing Foundation was presented with the Philanthropy of the Year Award for their contributions to our Summer Academy program.
 


September, 2016


Welcome to Youth Development, Michelle Mitchell-Brannon!

Congratulations to Michelle Mitchell-Brannon for her recent promotion!  Michelle brings nine years of experience and creativity to her new position as the Youth Development Manager.  She has worked in Youth Development, Resource Development and, most recently, the Teens as Parents Program.  We are excited to welcome Michelle to the Youth Development department and are excited to see where YD goes from here.


ASC Counseling Presents at NAMI Conference 

Conference LogoThis year we are proud to announce that ASC’s Mental Health Counseling Program will be presenting on “Healing Mistrust within Systems” at the 2016 Annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington State Conference.  ASC’s own Justin Chu, Tamera Cook and Devin McCabe have worked hard to create their presentation for the NAMI Conference on October 1, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles, Washington.

For more information on the conference visit the conference website at: http://www.namiwa.org/index.php/programs/annual-state-conference


What’s Happening at ASCFRC: Parent/Caregiver Programs

Our parent education programs focus on strengthening family bonds and increasing knowledge and parent-child interactions. Parental participation increases the parents’ ability to encourage children’s social, emotional and language development. Parents are encouraged to work towards promoting family health and wellness through social and emotional opportunities, increased academic competence.  Other goals include preventing and/or reducing behavioral and emotional problems in young children and eliminating violence. Parents have the chance to engage with peers to discuss topics and practice techniques to foster positive parenting.   Below is  general overview of each of the classes offered at ASFRC.

Incredible Years

An evidence-based program that offers parents the opportunity to learn techniques that support children’s social and emotional growth. Parents learn how nurturing, coaching and playing with their child can be a key to success as their children grow.

Guiding Good Choices

This class is geared towards parents of children ages 9-14.  Parents are encouraged use skills such asking open-ended questions, creating opportunities to discuss family goals and setting guidelines for their children.

Parents as Educational Partners

Parents and caregivers learn techniques to promote reading skills, encourage children’s learning, foster good habits and routines, engage in the school experience and advocate for the children in their care.

Ages & Stages

First Swing: Parents learn skills and techniques when welcoming a new member to the family. The class discusses a range of topics from labor to what to expect in the first 6 months. Different presenters from various community organizations present a new topic each week.

Part II: In the early years, a child’s brain develops connections that serve as the basis for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skills and emotional well-being. Parents learn skills to support each of the five key growth areas most important to a child’s development: Relationships, Exploring & Learning, Communication, Playing and Moving.

Kinship Caregivers

Our Kinship Caregiver support group is a safe space for caregivers to receive information and resources and engage in fun activities with peers and young family members.


August, 2016


Educating Our Youth of Tomorrow
Diesha Rodgers, M. Ed., Early Learning Program Manager

Summer Academy is one of Atlantic Street Center’s prize programs. Summer Academy is a daily program held throughout the month of July providing students with summer academic support,  social skills development, and enrichment activities. The morning program focused on language, writing, and math skill building.  Individualized reading help was provided on a daily basis by way of our Reading Lab.  The afternoon Enrichment Activities included an emphasis on science and technology, and emotional and behavioral management as well as field trips.

Each teacher and student received a Kindle Fire Tablet to use as an instrument to further enhance their academic journey in and out of the classroom. Each students receive their tablet as a gift from Atlantic Street Center to take home after completing the program.
Enrichment activities highlights:
  • Social Emotional Skill Building:
    Students learned and practiced skills to help them develop positive habits and strengthen their pro-social skills and interpersonal effectiveness. This program was facilitated by ASC therapists.
  • CoRe Gaming Group:  A group for students using video games to strengthen their social skills and develop behavior and emotional management strategies.
  • Junior Achievement: Students learned about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.
  • STEM: STEM provided students opportunities to explore engineering, computer science, robotics, coding and mathematics.  This program was facilitated by representatives from Microsoft, the Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center and Zeno Math.
  • Artistic Expression:  Students expressed themselves and explored self-identity through structured visual art activities.
  • Luche Libre:  A fun and engaging literacy program facilitated by the Seattle Public Library.

Staff, students, families, volunteers and community members all joined in as we celebrated the successful completion of Summer Academy 2016 at our Summer Academy Celebration.  Each class prepared and gave presentations they worked hard to create showcasing what they’d learned this summer.

Thank you to all the teachers, staff, volunteers and community partners for another successful summer program.

 


July, 2016


ASC Families Celebrate Christmas in July at Safeco Field

On Tuesday, July 19th, Atlantic Street Center families were invited to celebrate Christmas in July with Rick Rizzs’ Toys for Kids at Safeco Field. ASC families received free t-shirts, took pictures with Santa, and, of course, rooted for the home team, the Seattle Mariners.

This annual event is part of the Rick Rizzs’ Toys for Kids fundraising campaign to ensure that homeless and disadvantaged children throughout Seattle and King County receive toys for Christmas each year. Atlantic Street Center is one of a handful of local nonprofits chosen by Toys for Kids to distribute toys to families with the hope of making the families’ holiday season just a bit brighter.

Rick’s Toys for Kids was founded in September 1995 after Rick Rizzs and Dave Henderson saw a news report about the rising numbers of homeless families in Seattle. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of homeless and disadvantaged children, Rick and Dave, along with some of the Mariners’ players provided 300 children with gifts that year.  Twenty-one years later, Toys for Kids is still going strong and making an even bigger impact.

Thank you to Rick Rizzs Toys for Kids and the Seattle Mariners for inviting Atlantic Street Center families to enjoy a perfect summer evening at Safeco Field.

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June, 2016

ASC Celebrates Juneteenth

Jazmyn Scott, Family Support Program Manager

juneteenthOn Friday, June 17th, Atlantic Street Center celebrated the 106th commemoration of Juneteenth.  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.  This news arrived two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year, we partnered with Therapeutic Health Services and Seattle Parks & Recreation, to present a celebration that included participation from over 30 community vendors, free food, performances, games, activities and a special presentation on the history of Juneteenth. Although there was some rain, the celebration attracted over 100 people, including students, families and other community members.

Thank you to Therapeutic Health Services and Seattle Parks & Recreation, Atlantic Street Center staff and all who attended for celebrating with us.

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Bothell United Methodist Church Hosts Raise it Up Concert to Benefit ASC Programs

Bothell United Methodist Church hosted the Raise it Up Concert on Sunday, June 14th.  Atlantic Street Center Board Member, Lynne Pearson, issued a warm welcome and introduced the many musical performances. Concert goers enjoyed the melodic afternoon as several choirs graciously shared their musical talents. ASC Executive Director, Edith C. Elion, closed out the afternoon with a heartfelt thank you to all for supporting Atlantic Street Center. A free will offering was collected with proceeds benefitting Atlantic Street Center programs.  We are so thankful for and appreciative of all the hard work that it took to create and carry out this wonderful event.

Atlantic Street Center would like to offer a sincere thank you to:

Bothell UMC Bell Choir, Bothell UMC Chant Choir, Cascadia Big Band Sax Quintet, Faith UMC Praise Band, Mt. Calvary Christian, Center Youth Choir, Ronald UMC, Sprida Ut, Trinity UMC