Seattle Parks accepting applications for scholarship funding for youth programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation is increasing access to scholarships for teen programs with $40,000 from the 2015 Hope for Youth Fund.

INTRODUCTION
$40,000 has been allocated for the 2015 Hope for Youth Fund to increase access to recreational and positive youth development activities by providing scholarships to youth and teens residing in the Seattle area.

APPLICATION
2015 Hope For Youth Scholarship application

ELIGIBILTY
Proposals may be submitted by:
• An agency/organization that is a 501c3 serving youth ages 11 to 19
• Proposed activities/services to be funded must be completed  by December 31, 2015

PROCESS
• Proposers must completely fill out and sign the proposal.
•  Representatives of all partners must sign the proposal.
• Proposals can be submitted by mail (4209 West Marginal Way SW Seattle, WA 98106) or email to Patricia Young (patricia.young@seattle.gov) at Seattle Parks and Recreation.
•  Proposals must be received by Parks no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015.
• A panel made up of representatives from Seattle Parks, Department of Neighborhoods and the community will rate the proposals.
• Funding awards are scheduled to be made by Monday, May 18, 2015.

If you have any questions, please call Patricia Young at 206-233-7011 or email her at patricia.young@seattle.gov.

Be a superhero: Help children learn to swim and reduce drowning

You can be a superhero for local children; no masks, capes or gadgets required.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting donations large and small for the Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund. The fund helps make swimming lessons affordable for all families, specifically those who meet low-income guidelines.

From 2008 to 2012, 122 drowning deaths were reported in King County; nine of these deaths were of children ages 17 years and younger. Seattle Parks and Recreation believes swimming lessons are vital to changing this statistic. In a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill.

It’s easy to contribute to the swimming lesson scholarship fund. Visit your local swimming pool to use cash, check, or VISA/MasterCard/American Express, or donate online at the Associated Recreation Council’s website at www.arcseattle.org/get-involved/ (select “donate now” and then select “Learn to Swim” from the drop-down menu).

Donors can set up recurring donations online and can designate donations on behalf of or in honor of someone. Donations are 100% tax-deductible, and Seattle Parks staff are happy to provide information to your Employer Matching Gift program. For more information, to donate, or to register for swim lessons please contact your local pool: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp

The City of Seattle offers half-price swimming lessons to low-income children, but this is not enough for many families. The Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund helps to reduce the price to the same level offered for other programs such as child care scholarships. Every family still pays a portion of the fee for swimming in our pools, but the reduction makes it an affordable option. Without the reduction the price prevents children from learning this essential skill.

Help Seattle Parks give every child the opportunity to be a strong swimmer. It doesn’t take much to save a life.