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Advocacy Day: 2015

We urge legislators to restore the TANF grant to its 2011 level and help families get out of poverty faster. Remove TANF’s lifetime limit, reinstating some of the previously eligible families who either cannot work or cannot find work due to factors beyond their control. Please support HB 1875, which expands allowable vocational education from one year to two years in…

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Limited English Proficiency  (LEP) Pathway

Advocacy Day 2015 We urge legislators to maintain funding for LEP Pathway program, a vital program that helps put refugees to work, thereby reducing or eliminating their need for public assistance. Expand educational and vocational opportunities available to LEP Pathway participants, including re-certification for educated professionals.   The 2010 American Community Survey reported that 21.3% of Seattle households speak a…

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K-12 English Language Learners (ELL’s)

Advocacy Day 2015 We urge legislators to expand the number of Early Learning and K-12 dual language programs in Washington state as a means of closing the academic opportunity gap. Increase the bilingual teaching workforce to provide all Washington students with the best opportunity to succeed. Please pass bills: SB 5675 HB 1783. About 11% of students enrolled in Seattle…

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Youth Civic Education Award

We are honored to announce that ReWA’s Youth Program has been selected as a winner of the Seattle CityClub’s Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Award!   Along with four other leading youth civic education programs, ReWA’s Youth Program was chosen from a pool of over 80 applicants. Judges selected winners based on the knowledge, skills, values, and experience that students…

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Our Mission: Changing Lives

After spending 20 years in a refugee camp, Putra was given the opportunity to start a new life with his family in the United States.  Putra, his wife, and three children arrived in Seattle in the summer of 2011, speaking no English and with limited exposure to the world outside of the refugee camp. Like many newly arrived refugees, Putra’s family…

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