Congratulations to Our Youth! June eNews
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June 12, 2014
Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

Last Thursday, June 5th. was a momentous day at El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR), as we had our 29th Annual Youth Graduation Luncheon, presented by ECDLR and Proyecto Saber. This celebration honored over 150 students from elementary to high school who have participated in Proyecto Saber and ECDLR’s youth programs, and are now successfully moving on to the next stages of their education. Of the 100 high school seniors participating in our programs, 91 are graduating this year! In addition, 68 middle school students and 5 elementary students from our programs will be moving on to high school and middle school, respectively.
2014 Youth Graduation Group Photo 

The graduates came from all regions of Seattle, representing Ballard High School, Chief Sealth International High School, Ingraham High School, Denny International Middle School, Washington Middle School, and Beacon Hill International School. Mil gracias to Seattle Public Schools, the United Way of King County, Seattle Human Services Department, Washington State Community Action Partnership, Seattle's Families & Education Levy, Washington Service Corps, and a special thank you to our volunteers from Perkins Coie who helped make the event a success! 
I would also like to remind you of our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala, which is coming up this year on Saturday, September 27
th! This event celebrates our anniversary, and is our biggest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds from the event go directly towards funding our 44 human services and programs, so I encourage you to get involved! There are many different ways to help make the event a success, from volunteering to donating auction items, becoming a Table Ambassador, or purchasing an advertisement. I hope to see you there, mil gracias for your continued support!


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

José Martí Child Development Center Now Enrolling for 2014-2015 School Year

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(Students from JMCDC throw their graduation caps in the air in celebration)

The José Martí Child Development Center works with children to reach age-appropriate developmental milestones and to equip them with the fundamental skills they need to be prepared for kindergarten, incorporating aspects from innovative curricula such as Soy Bilingue and Creative Curriculum. The dual-language JMCDC curriculum also integrates cultural and social justice activities to encourage pride in one’s own culture and language, and appreciation for cultural diversity.
This year 154 students ages 1-5 completed their year in the José Martí Child Development Center and 70 are graduating to kindergarten. With approximately 96% of our students meeting developmental outcomes, children leave our program successfully equipped with age-appropriate skills and fully prepared for the transition into elementary school.

With 70 students graduating, we are now enrolling students ages 3-4 for the summer and fall. Families may be eligible for a free half-day of preschool through the income-based ECEAP or StepAhead programs or a full day with subsidies. For more information or to enroll, please contact us at or (206) 957-4619.


Plaza Roberto Maestas Welcomes New Capital Campaign Co-Chairs

Plaza South
(Image courtesy of SMR Architects)

In March of 2015 El Centro de la Raza will break ground on Plaza Roberto Maestas (PRM), a community-inspired, transit-oriented, affordable housing, and mixed-use development. PRM will include a central plaza, a multi-cultural community center, an expansion of our award-winning child development center, affordable rental housing for working families, retail/ restaurant space, office space, and parking.

To make this vision a reality we have undertaken an ambitious fundraising campaign. As with everything that we do, volunteers are critical to the success of this effort, and we are thrilled to announce that long-time friends of El Centro de la Raza Enrique Cerna and Leticia Lucero have volunteered to lead our fundraising work and co-chair the Plaza Roberto Maestas Capital Campaign!

Enrique and Leticia are both exemplary community leaders and advocates for the Latino community. Enrique Cerna is a prominent local figure with over 35 years of Seattle TV and radio experience, and currently the Host and Executive Producer of KCTS 9. Leticia Lucero is the Director of Interior Design for Caron Architecture in Seattle and also runs a foundation of her own that supports Latino students aspiring to receive a college education. Mil gracias Enrique and Leticia, we would not be able to do this without your leadership!

We also want to include a special gracias to the Washington Indian Gaming Association, who generously donated $25,000 to El Centro de la Raza to help build Plaza Roberto Maestas! Our partnership with Native American Tribes goes back decades and symbolizes the unity of the Latino and Native American communities of Washington. 
To make a donation to Plaza Roberto Maestas and help make the vision a reality, contact Stephen Deal, Capital Campaign Director, at (206) 957-4607 or

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

El Centro de la Raza’s 2014 Building the Beloved Community Gala

Save the Date for our Annual Fundraising Gala:

  • Saturday, September 27th, 2014
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Reception, Dinner, Silent Auction & Live Auction

Join us on September 27th to:

  • Raise vital funds for El Centro de la Raza’s 44 programs and services 
  • Celebrate with the winners of the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships
    • Click here to view the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award Application form.

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Join Our Auction Item Procurement Committee!

On September 27th, 2014, El Centro de la Raza will hold its annual Building the Beloved Community Gala. To make this event a success, we are looking for volunteers to join our procurement committee. The procurement committee solicits donated items, gift certificates, or services from businesses to sell in our silent or live auction. If you’re creative, out-going, and full of ideas, we’d love to have you join us.

Procurement Committee meetings take place the last Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact Anne Pfeifle, Events Coordinator, at or (206) 957-4649.

Sign Up for Our New Cooking Classes Today!


Learn how to cook traditional cultural dishes, and support your community at the same time!

El Centro de la Raza is excited to announce that we are expanding our popular Tamale Making Classes to include a wider variety of cooking classes! Learn how to cook our favorite dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people at the same time. Class fees vary and directly support our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. Classes are held on select Saturdays at El Centro de la Raza. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes: (
Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail or call (206) 957-4611. 

Register Now for Summer Spanish Classes
Come to El Centro de la Raza and learn or improve your Spanish skills in a fun and interactive community-based setting. Classes fill up quickly, so now is the time to enroll! Summer Quarter classes begin on July 22nd and we are offering Beginner to Intermediate level classes (class offerings subject to change due to enrollment).
  • Summer Quarter: July 22nd  - September 25th
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuition is $300 per quarter
  • All proceeds from course fees go to support our 44 services and programs.
  • Classes are taught by professional Spanish speakers with a focus on one-on-one conversational development.
  • Enroll now and spread the word!
For more information or to register, contact or (206) 957-4605.

State Financial Aid for DREAMers, Apply NOW!

Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, a new state law will expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the program's income and eligibility requirements in addition to all three residency criteria listed below.
  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED.
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to earning the high school diploma or equivalent and continuously since.
  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a resident of the United States when eligible to apply.
The free web-based WASFA (Washington Applcation for State Financial Aid) allows non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. Many colleges also require additional applications with seperate deadlines, so make sure to check with your college for specific dates! Click here to access the WASFA application, and click here for detailed instructions that will guide you through the application.

El Centro de la Raza Offering Financial Education Classes

Bring your financial questions, and we'll be sure to cover the topics that are most important to you, from getting affordable car loans to preparing yourself financially to buy a house! At the end of the workshop you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a financial counselor, as well as receive a certificate of attendance making you eligible for a $100 incentive! Click here for dates and more detailed, bilingual information.

Free Bilingual Legal Clinics at El Centro de la Raza

Need legal assistance but can't afford it? Mil gracias to Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington for graciously providing free legal clinics in 2014, on the second Wednesday of every month. We are excited to be hosting these bilingual clinics here at El Centro de la Raza! Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

Become a Knowledgeable Homeowner at Our Homebuyer Education Workshops

El Centro de la Raza's Homeownership Center is holding a series of monthly Homebuyer Education Workshops. These classes will give you an overview of the home buying process and will be led by fully bilingual volunteers and staff. Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

To make a contribution to El Centro de la Raza and help us continue programs like Homebuyer and Financial Education classes, click here or call (206) 957-4652.

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Muckleshoot Presents: 2014 Veteran's PowWow

Don't miss out on Muckleshoot's Annual Veteran's PowWow! The event will take place from Friday, June 20th to Sunday, June 22nd and will include a dance contest, drum contest, and much more! Click here to view the event flyer, or contact Grant Timentwa at (253) 876-3327 or

Proyecto Saber Graduate Releases New Book

Gabriel Morales is a Gang Specialist with extensive experience working with juvenile and adult offenders for over 30 years. He has taught Gang I.D. and Management to thousands of criminal justice workers, and also was the Founder and a past Advisor for the International Latino Gang Investigators Association.

Clearly, Gabe does outstanding work in our communities, working to raise awareness and prevention of gangs and gang violence, but what makes him special to El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR) are his roots. Raised in Seattle in the 1970's, Gabe was a one of the earliest graduates of the Proyecto Saber program that partners with ECDLR's Youth Services. We are proud to have been a part of Gabe's early development as a young student and would encourage you to read his new book Gangster's Paradise: Gangs in the Pacific Northwest
. It is an in-depth look at gangs in our region, and also covers prevention and intervention. Click here to learn more or to purchase the book.

Show off Your Sustainable Home Practices!

Want to show-off the sustainability in your neighborhood? You are invited to showcase your home during an upcoming walk that starts and ends at El Centro de la Raza on June 28th in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, as part of Beacon Rocks. Hosted by Sustainable Seattle and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG, the walk will feature homes and sites that are helping keep our water clean! They are looking for homes that include one or more of the following:

  • Rain Gardens 
  • Cisterns
  • Rain Barrels
  • Compost Bins
  • Directed/Disconnected Downspouts
  • Edible Gardens
  • Permeable Pavers
  • Pervious Asphalt
  • Solar Panels
  • Zero Water Yards
  • Green Roofs

If you are interested in participating, please contact This walk is part of DRCC/TAG’s Rain2River program and Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainable Neighborhoods program. Visit to learn more.

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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Having trouble paying your electric bills? You may qualify for Seattle City Light's Utility Discount Program, which offers free home energy visits to help you maximize your discount, as well as assistance with other utilities such as water, sewage, and garbage. Visit Seattle City Light's website to see if you qualify for the discount program. To apply, call (206) 684-3417 or email Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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In This Issue:

JMCDC Now Enrolling for 2014-2015 School Year

Announcing Our Plaza Roberto Maestas Campaign Leaders

Auction Item Sneak Peek!

Join Our Auction Procurement Committee Today

Sign Up for Tamale Classes!

Summer Spanish Classes Open for Enrollment

State Financial Aid for DREAMers, Apply NOW

Show Off Your Home's Sustainability

Muckleshoot Veteran's PowWow

Proyecto Saber Graduate Releases New Book

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

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Mil Gracias June Funders:

Washington Indian Gaming Association
$25,000 for Plaza Roberto Maestas

Events Calendar:

June 21: Tamale Class
June 28: Pozole Class

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News Roundup:

City Council looking for ways around Metro Transit cuts
Seattle provides model for minimum wage hike

Obama to provide legal aid for immigrant children
Changing the economics of climate injustice

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary

Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Juan Cotto
Cristina Garcia
Dorry Elias-Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Jeff Middelton
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres

Room Rental Ad

Parking Lot Ad

Programs and Services:

Basic Healthcare Enrollment
Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Café con El Centro
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

José Martí Child Development Center
Latino Hot Meal Program
Legal Clinic Site
Local, State, National & International
Coalition Building

Luis Alfonso Velásquez Flores
After School Program

Parent-Child Home Program
Plaza Roberto Maestas
Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

Youth Violence Prevention

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Bartells Ad

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