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Graduation

Graduation

December 30, 2015

On Wednesday, December 16th, Career Pathways program participants gathered with friends, family, faculty, and program staff at South Seattle Community College to celebrate their graduation and accomplishments from the fall quarter. With more than thirty graduates in attendance, guests mingled and enjoyed dinner in the Jerry Brockey Center before being officially welcomed by Executive Director John Kim and Director Brian Surratt of the City of Seattle?s Office of Economic Development.

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Opening Doors: Paper Tigers Screening

Opening Doors: Paper Tigers Screening

December 18, 2015

This past Saturday, SJI was pleased to co-host a screening of the documentary Paper Tigers with the Road Map Project and the Seattle Times Education Lab that drew more than 200 community members. Educators, students, and policy makers, including state Representative Tina Orwall, heard the story of Walla Walla?s Lincoln High School and their successful application of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) research and training to discipline and instruction practices, resulting in higher graduation and lower misbehavior rates. ACEs ...

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Opening Doors: Annual Gala Recap

Opening Doors: Annual Gala Recap

December 17, 2015

On November 12th, more than a hundred of SJI?s partners, supporters, and participants gathered at the Northwest African American Museum to celebrate another year of achievements and partnerships during SJI?s annual Partner Gala.

Our night of celebration warmly recognized SJI?s Champion of the Year William Castillo for his tireless commitment to our program participants, Neighborcare Health as our Employer of the Year for the opportunities they provide to our medical profession graduates, and Jocelyn Martindale as our Commitment Award ...

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Opening Doors: Paper Tigers Screening

Opening Doors: Paper Tigers Screening

December 3, 2015

To succeed at teaching children, you must ensure that they are receptive to your teaching. In the absence of any sense of safety, hope, and relevance, the chances of succeeding are low. Come see how Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA is finding a way to succeed. Come hear the story of Paper Tigers.

We invite you to join SJI, The Road Map Project, and the Seattle Times Education Lab on December 12th?at Foster High School for a ...

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SJI Tapped for Nation’s First SNAP E&T Center of Excellence

November 2, 2015

The USDA?s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) has named Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) to create and manage the nation?s first Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) Center of Excellence (COE). The nearly $3.6 million contract will support the multiple activities of the SJI-led COE undertaken during the next two years to build, expand and improve SNAP E&T programs throughout the United States. Activities will include providing direct technical assistance to states, developing tools and resources ...

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Opening Doors: 2015 Annual Conference Recap

Opening Doors: 2015 Annual Conference Recap

October 26, 2015

On Monday, October 19, Seattle Jobs Initiative was joined by more than 150 distinguished thought leaders from workforce development, education, policy, human services, and business for our conference on Illuminating Pathways to Self-Sufficiency. After a morning of networking, SJI Executive Director John Kim opened the day by leading a call to action to do whatever it takes to ensure individuals are granted the resources and opportunities to succeed. Dr. Eldar Shafir led the conversation with his groundbreaking research ...

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Opening Doors: The Pedagogy of Confidence

Opening Doors: The Pedagogy of Confidence

October 6, 2015

How can we inspire learning and high intellectual performance in urban schools and better support low-income students to develop their potential? In preparation for our upcoming fall conference, we?ve been reading Dr. Yvette Jackson?s book The Pedagogy of Confidence, which explores these very questions.

In the book, Dr. Jackson describes how educators can focus on students? strengths, rather than weaknesses, to inspire high intellectual performance. Her Pedagogy of Confidence framework is ?based on the ...

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Opening Doors: Scarcity

September 29, 2015

Our staff recently read Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan?s book Scarcity in preparation for Eldar Shafir?s presentation at our fall conference. The book explores the science of scarcity, or having less than you feel you need, such as time, money, or energy, and how that scarcity impacts our brains. Here are five facts from the book that blew our minds:

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New Book on Workforce Development Policies

New Book on Workforce Development Policies

September 24, 2015

Seattle Jobs Initiative is pleased to announce the release of a collaborative new book, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century.

SJI?s own policy director David Kaz contributed a chapter in this book, entitled ?Basic Food Employment and Training: How Washington State Brought to Scale Skills Training for Its Food Stamp Population?.

Readers can download the entire book as well as individual chapters of the book here.

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Opening Doors: Day of Caring

Opening Doors: Day of Caring

September 24, 2015

This past Friday was United Way of King County?s Day of Caring, the largest volunteer event in Washington State, and we were so grateful for the service of the volunteers on our project, Computers2Careers!

With the help of thirteen Microsoft volunteers, SJI hosted a computer give-away and skills training for our Career Pathway program participants. Career Pathways provides short-term and long-term training in growing industry sectors and wrap-around support services to low-income individuals, creating opportunities for participants to ...

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