Youth to lead 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Jan. 16

Teens brave the weather during the 2014 MLK march.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

This is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 11th annual youth march. Teens from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day.

A keynote speaker will talk at 1 p.m. and educational workshops will follow at 1:30 p.m. The three workshops are:

  • Are your rights at risk? A voter’s education session with mock voting activity
  • Microaggressions led by youth
  • Straight talk community panel

Dinner and giveaways will take place from 3-4 p.m.

The event is free of cost to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment and plenty of fun!

For more information, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316 or cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov.

Teens help seniors become tech-savvy

In December 2015, Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Group Health and Ageis Living, hosted its first graduation for tech-savvy seniors.

This year, Group Health and Ageis Living approached Seattle Parks and Recreation to help launch the Cyber Seniors program aiming to bridge the generation gap when it comes to technology education. Teens at Garfield Teen Life Center mentored seniors on how to use a computer or smart device independently. The program empowered students and provided seniors with tools to safely engage online and interact with peers and family. At the end of the six-week program, the seniors were able to send emails, complete Google searches, Skype, text, use Facebook and many other applications and the youth experienced being valuable leaders in their community.

The Cyber Seniors program will hold additional sessions in 2016. For more information, please call Garfield Teen Life Center at 206-684-4550.

Teens host blanket and winter clothing drive

A note from Seattle Park and Recreation teens

We are 206 Forward: Youth Advocates of Seattle. Our program invites teens across the city to promote youth advocacy and have their voices heard as well as give back to the community. Our latest project is to start a blanket drive to collect blankets and warm clothes for the homeless people in Seattle. You can help us by donating any blankets and warm clothes. We have drop off boxes at the Jefferson, Rainier (in the teen room), Rainier Beach and Van Asselt community centers as well as at the Dexter Administration Building and will be taking donations until Dec.1, 2015.  We appreciate the help the Seattle Parks and Recreation community can provide to this cause!

Celebrate a Week Without Violence Oct. 16-23

Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Young Adults Program  invites youth and teens between the ages of 12 and 19 to participate in annual Week Without Violence Events. This year’s Week Without Violence will be celebrated October 16-23. This week gives youth a chance to express their feelings about violence in their community and engage in a safe environment through free recreation programs and activities but all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Week Without Violence will kick off on Friday Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m.at Bitter Lake Community Center. Activities will include a Top Teen Chef Competition, music, a youth resource fair and food. Bitter Lake Community Center is located at 13035 Linden Ave N.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Southwest Teen Life Center will host a reflection to honor loved ones who have been lost to violence. The event will last from 5-6 p.m. Southwest Teen Life Center is located at 2801 SW Thistle St.

On Friday, Oct. 23, there will be a Remembrance Dinner at Montlake Community Center from 6-8 p.m. for youth and families to celebrate memories of those who have passed.  Montlake Community Center is located at 1618 E Calhoun St.

For more information about events, on how to sign up, or transportation contact Seattle Parks and Recreation’s teen unit at 206-684-7523 or visit your local Teen Life Center or Late Night Site.

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

Summer Drills and Skills program schools 90+ youth

Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

Bitter Lake Community Center teamed up with the Aaron Brooks Foundation again this summer to serve more than 90 youth between the ages of 8-19 in the Drills and Skills program. The Drills and Skills program connects with students’ recreational interests while also engaging them in structured, curriculum-based activities to gain successful life skills.  It empowers youth to become successful citizens by providing a safe, nurturing environment where they will develop their academic, social and leadership skills.

Drills and Skills is also offered at Bitter Lake Community Center for free during the school year (Mondays from 3-7 p.m.), historically serving upwards of 50 youth.  This fall, the program will also expand to four new sites, Garfield, Yesler, Rainier Beach, and Van Asselt community centers. To register, visit https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/start.asp.