Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Sound Habitat For HumanityOlympia, WA — The Thurston County Asset Building Coalition will present Housing First: A Shared Learning Event, on the topic of rapid re-housing on Thursday, March 7, from 10 AM to 12 PM, at the First United Methodist Church of Olympia (1224 Legion Way SE). The event is open to all local service providers, policy makers, advocates, and other community members with an interest in issues of housing and homelessness.The event will feature presentations by Curt Andino, Executive Director of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, and Phil Owen, Program Director of Sidewalk, and will include a moderated discussion of best practices in the field of rapid re-housing.Rapid re-housing is a set of strategies designed to help families move out of homelessness and into permanent housing as quickly as possible. The strategies often include help with housing searches and landlord mediation, short-term and flexible rental assistance, and transitional case management.The Thurston County Asset Building Coalition is comprised of leadership from human and social services, financial institutions, micro-enterprise, workforce development, and economic and community development agencies. The Coalition has forged partnerships to assist in building individual’s assets and improving quality of life throughout our community. Members of the Thurston County Asset Building Coalition work together to assist people with low incomes to have the tools they need to become prosperous. The Asset Building Coalition coordinates service providers to identify and fill gaps and strengthen our ability to help people in our community to gain access to services they need.For more information about this event, please contact the event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 360-956-3456 ext. 4.
Facebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Phoenix Rising School“It is a problem that so many children love learning and hate school,” says Nick Gillon, The Phoenix Rising School’s Education Director. “It’s a problem when rich, rigorous, relevant and engaging experiences have become the exception rather than the norm.” At heart, he says, the issue is one of equating ‘learning’ with ‘schooling’, and academic schooling at that.But learning encompasses many other skills which are applicable in everyday life, which is why every Friday, Phoenix students from kindergarten through 6th grade get the chance to participate in workshops that run the gamut from crochet to canning, bmx bikes to propulsion science, and acrogym to candle making. The result is enthusiasm, new skills, pride in their work and – dare we say it? – joy.“I don’t know many schools that make homemade spaghetti, bike ride, weave, do pickling and lots of other things,” says Pyrenees, age ten. “This way kids can learn about things that they love,” explains Chatalain, also age ten. “Sometimes if you just get assigned something, you don’t want to be there. When you can choose it, you can easily feel like, ‘I love this because I chose it and I knew what I wanted to do.’”Students find that the skills they pick up in workshops transfer nicely to the rest of their lives. “If you didn’t know how to ride a bike and you took the biking workshop, you would know how to do that skill,” says Helen, a third grader. “And cooking, that’s something we can use every day.”For teachers, workshops offer a chance to teach a subject they’re passionate about. “I get to choose something that I’m really interested in, so it’s not like actually working because I have so much fun,” says 3rd and 4th grade teacher Megan Moskwa, who has taught canning, soap making, candle making and more.“Seeing kids get excited about making blackberry jam really makes my day,” Audrey Goodwin-Arpin concurs. Four days a week she teaches K-1, but on Fridays she has offered acrogym, crochet, jewelry making, knitting and most recently, cooking. “If I like something and I do it in my own life, I transfer that passion to them,” she says.Students and teachers also get an opportunity to mix with people they wouldn’t normally see. According to Miles, a first grader, “You can get to know other people better.” The different grouping of students add to the feeling of a village, says Audrey. “When I see the students outside at recess, I’ve already been their teacher. There’s a different level of respect and a feeling that we’re responsible for all of them, not just the ones in our class. It’s also a way to keep track of the ones that I’ve already had that have moved on from my class.”Here are some of the workshops that have been taught at Phoenix Rising over the last three years:bmx bikesartfairy housescandle makingsoccercookingsurvival skillsacrogymadvanced electronicssoap makingweavingKorean languagepuppetspianotheaterpotterycartoonjournalismjewelry makingimprovsinginglamp makingcreative dramagardeningfiber artsliving historydanceschool beautifulrace carswater colorcarpentryhandbuilt potteryanimepropulsion scienceoutdoor educationdigital photo and video
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