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Get out the vote volunteer smiles at camera next to map of Puget Sound

ReWA reaches 400 first-time voters

It was Friday morning before Election Day. My foot anxiously tapped on the floor as I considered the potential impacts of our local and national races. ReWA’s team of six voter outreach volunteers—who spoke Vietnamese, Somali, and Arabic—were in the final days of calling new voters. They had all attended ReWA’s online training in early October where they learned how…

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ESL teacher's finger pointing to mailed homework packet

ESL online: bridging the digital divide

ReWA’s ESL Coordinator, Yuliya Matyushkina, doesn’t usually make house-calls, but last week she did. Wearing a face mask and social distancing, she visited several adult English learners to help them learn to use a laptop for English classes. ReWA’s six classrooms in Seattle, Kent and SeaTac, reach over 200 students each year. English learners come from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan,…

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Counseling for COVID-19 anxiety

“Mariam”* came to the US a few years ago, fleeing war in East Africa. She learned English, got her driving license, and found a clerical job. But persistent traumatic memories impacted her daily life. She lost several members of her family in the conflict, including her parents who were killed when a bomb fell on their home one morning just…

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Finding Home

  Seven years ago, Seng and Brang came to the United States as refugees from Myanmar.  Brang found a minimum-wage job in manufacturing while Seng stayed home with their children. But despite their hard work, they were nearing financial collapse. Rent consumed 70% of their income and an auto loan and credit card payments had this young family careening towards…

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childcare training graduation

Starting Careers in Childcare

                  Congratulations to the 12 graduates of the Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate course who completed a year of academic studies in partnership with North Seattle College and attended the first ever graduation ceremony online on August 19th.  Salwa is one of these graduates. Since completing ReWA’s ChildCare Basics training course last…

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blue paper mache piggy bank created by Angel, a 3rd grader

Youth Annual Showcase Art Gallery

Youth Art Showcase   One good thing about being stuck at home is the extra time to make art! ReWA encourages our students to explore art as a way to express, reflect, and cultivate an image they could not with words. This year’s Annual Youth Art Showcase has gone virtual and features work of art by youth, ages 8-21, and reflecting the…

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children at desks learning to write alphabet with felt tip markers

We are headed Back to School…online

Back to School Appeal update (9.3.20): Big thank you to everyone who gave to ReWA’s Back to School appeal last week. Thanks to your support and generosity we raised over $2k for tech purchases and received numerous items from the WishList including laptops, headphones and webcams so students from immigrant and refugee families can stay connected to learning this year….

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Kimberly Lee is a ReWA youth instructor

Youth tackle teen homelessness

Back in February when we had no idea what was in store for us. In partnership with the Seattle Reparatory Theatre (the Rep), ReWA’s Project-Based Learning (PBL) program was set to focus on storytelling and public speaking – skills particularly helpful for English Language Learners. Little did we know how meaningful these skills would be as youth faced a global…

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