People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

People's Academy for Community EngagementSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/peoples-academy-for-community-engagement/pace-application. The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.

Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Othello+Intl+music+nwlrSeptember 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at surveymonkey.com/r/ZHM36BJ or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

Next 50 Film Project seeks Seattle neighborhood stories

Seattle’s neighborhoods are rich with stories. A Story Runs Through It is a celebration of Seattle’s diverse communities through video storytelling. Residents are invited to submit short videos that tell a tale from their own neighborhoods and communities. This Next Fifty project aims to capture Seattle’s stories, engage and train communities in the art of filmmaking and build connections between neighborhoods. The submission deadline is Aug. 31. A free filmmaking workshop will take place 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at Seattle Center. Register for the workshop and get more information about The Next Fifty Film Project here or watch a project video.

Today’s hours for Neighborhood Service Centers

Here is a list of Neighborhood Service Centers that serve as Payment and Information Service sites and today’s hours of operation due to weather conditions:

Lake City: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ballard: Open – 9:00-5:00
Open for lunch

University: Closed

Central: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Southeast: Open – 9:00 – 5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Delridge: Open until 3:30 p.m.

West Seattle: Closed

Thomas Whittemore, New East District Coordinator

Thomas Whittemore is the new East District Coordinator, replacing Jose Cervantes, who retired at the end of March, after 31 years working for the City.  Thomas has worked for the department of neighborhoods for nine years, serving as a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager, Involving all Neighbors program manager, Planning Outreach Specialist and Acting District Coordinator for the Central and Greater Duwamish Districts.  The Neighborhood District Coordinator acts as a liaison between the general public and city officials. The East District includes the Capitol Hill, First Hill, Pike/Pine, Miller and Madison neighborhoods. 

In an interview for the Capitol Hill blog, Thomas stated, “Part of my job as district coordinator is working with underrepresented populations, which is inspiring to me,” “I hope to bring that passion to the East district, no matter who the underrepresented are. My role is to bring community issues forward, not as an advocate, but as facilitator.”

Thomas can be reached at 684-4574 or Thomas.whittemore@seattle.gov