Celebrate a Week Without Violence

Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Young Adults Program invites everyone between the ages of 12 and 19 and their family members to participate in our annual Week Without Violence Events.  This year’s Week Without Violence will be October 13th-21st. This week gives youth a chance to express their feelings about violence in their community and provides safe, free recreation programs and activities.

The Week Without Violence; “No Time for Hate” theme, kicked off on Friday Oct. 13th from 6-8:30p.m. at South Park Community Center.   This year we have a collaboration with Free2luv. The event lineup will provide teens an opportunity to explore bullying in all contexts while understanding how to use their personal power to create an environment free of hate, free of violence, and free to love. Food and beverages are provided by Taco Time, Trophy Cup, and Cakes and Giggles. South Park Community Center is located at 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108.

On Thursday, Oct. 19th, Meadowbrook Teen Life Center will host a remembrance dinner to honor loved ones who have been lost to violence. The event will last from 4-8p.m. where they will co-host a Domestic Violence Workshop lead by the Silent Task Force, and a Suicide Prevention Workshop lead by YPAR (Youth Participatory Action Research). Meadowbrook Teen Life Center is located at 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

On Saturday, Oct. 21st, there will be a Self-Defense Workshop from 6:30-8:00pm at Garfield Teen Life Center.
Garfield Teen Life Center is located at 428 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

For more information about events, on how to sign up, or transportation contact Seattle Parks and Recreation’s teen unit at 206-551-7316.

To learn more about the week and Seattle Parks teen programs visit www.seattle.gov/parks/teens.

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Seattle Parks accepting applications for teen summer programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for its 2014 youth summer programs such as Summer of Service, Student Teen Employment Preparation and Youth Engaged in Service.

Summer of Service (SOS) is a summer program for youth entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades. SOS helps youth identify needs and their community and make a difference while gaining leadership and work skills. Upon program completion, youth receive a $150 stipend.

Student Teen Employment Preparation (STEP) is open to teens ages 14-19.  STEP has teams of youth focusing on community-based projects addressing a need and incorporates job readiness and life skills activities.  Work takes place in various parks and facilities throughout Seattle.  The stipend is $599.

The Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Program is a year-round volunteer program for Seattle-based youth between the ages of 13 and 18. In the summer, participants will volunteer for six weeks from early July to mid-August for a total of 120 hours in a Seattle Parks and Recreation program or facility or community-based organization.  Sixty hours of the required 120 may be used towards the Seattle public high school service learning graduation requirement with proper pre-approval from the school. As recognition for their efforts, YES volunteers can receive a $150 stipend for the remaining 60 hours at the conclusion of the program. YES volunteers must complete all 120 hours to be eligible for the stipend.

All applications for the above programs are due Wednesday, May 14, 2014, but early submission is encouraged. For more information about the summer programs and to download applications, please click HERE.

Mentor application for YES program- The YES program is looking for mentors who are able to supervise, educate and support YES participants in a professional work environment from early July to mid-August.  Sites provide about 20 hours/week of work.  Applications are due Wednesday, May 28. To download the application, click the following link: 2014 YES mentor application