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July 24, 2014
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Mil gracias to all the Table Ambassadors, sponsors, and other supporters who joined us for our Gala Supporters Event last week at El Quetzal to enjoy food, drinks, prizes, and good company! The event was a success despite the heat, and we had a great time talking more about our 2014 Building the Beloved Community Gala and all the different ways that people can get involved.

If you are not yet signed up to be a Table Ambassador, please click here to register! We need everybody's help to make this year's Building the Beloved Community Gala our biggest and best one yet, so even if you cannot commit to being a Table Ambassador this year, we would love to have your support in another way.

I would also like to share with you a new auction item that we are very excited about! Alfredo Arreguín is a renowned Seattle-based artist from Mexico, and a long-time friend of El Centro de la Raza. We are so honored to have another one of Alfredo's beautiful works in our auction this year: Zapata's Azulejos. See the image and description below to learn more about Arreguín and this amazing contribution, and don't forget to register for the event so that you have a chance to own this unique piece!


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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 El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Summer Youth Interns Bring Energy to ECDLR!

El Centro de la Raza is very excited to be partnering with the City of Seattle's Youth Employment Program (SYEP) again this summer! El Centro de la Raza is a host site for SYEP’s summer internship program, providing high school-aged youth with summer internships that help build professional skills and experience. Associate Administrator Miguel Maestas is happy to have the youth interns around the building, as, "they bring lots of dynamic energy to the workplace and the organization."
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Jaelonie, 17, is interning in ECDLR's Executive Office this summer.
This summer, we are fortunate to have 6 outstanding interns from SYEP. One of these interns is Jaelonie, a 17-year-old Seattle native with a passion for architecture and traveling the world. Jaelonie loves helping people and enjoys being at ECDLR because “it’s a good place for kids to be in a positive place, stay away from trouble, and also do good work to help the community.” Jaelonie hopes to someday pursue a career in architecture and fulfill his dreams of traveling to Thailand to immerse himself in the culture and study the ancient architecture. Jaelonie is also a spoken word artist, and when he’s not working hard at ECDLR, he is likely making beats and rhymes with his friends. Mil gracias for being with us this summer, Jaelonie!

Do a Year of Service With El Centro de la Raza!

Last week El Centro de la Raza was sad to say goodbye to a great member of our team who had been with us for the last 2 years, working hard to empower Latino youth to graduate high school and attend college. Eduardo Diaz was the Hope for Youth AmeriCorps member since Fall 2012, and his great work and presence will be missed. Mil gracias for all your hard work, Eduardo!

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Eduardo Diaz (top row, 5th from right) says goodbye to the El Centro de la Raza familia.

This news means that ECDLR now has an opening in our Hope for Youth Program and is accepting applications! The position is a year-long commitment and is hosted by the Washington State Service Corps, a division of AmeriCorps. Candidates must be college graduates between the ages of 18 and 25 and must meet all requirements outlined on the AmeriCorps application. This position would work directly with at-risk Latino youth throughout Seattle Public Schools, through our Hope for Youth Civil Rights History and Hip Hop Poetry programs.

Click here to view the position description and access the application. For more information about Hope for Youth and the AmeriCorps position, contact Alex Bautista at or (206) 957-4620.


Kids and Teens Eat Free All Summer at
El Centro de la Raza!

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El Centro de la Raza is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a site for the City of Seattle's Summer Food Service Program again this year! The program provides no-cost breakfast, lunch, and snacks to children and teens ages 1-18 and is open now through August 30th, 2014. Click here for more detailed information about our site schedule.

Many children rely on free and reduced meals at school for their daily nutrition, and as a result are often left stranded during summer break. The Summer Food Service Program began in the early 1970's in an effort to keep children healthy and fed during the summer, and it has grown immensely since then. The program is open to all children and teens and requires no application. Just show up at El Centro de la Raza's Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park and enjoy a free meal in the sun!

Click here to learn more about the program, and click here to find more summer meal sites throughout the City of Seattle.


Creating the Parks System that Seattle Deserves

Mark your calendars for August
5th, the official voting day for Proposition 1, an important measure to protect our parks. Seattle has one of the greatest park systems in America, but for years we've neglected this extraordinary legacy. Daily maintenance has been reduced at nearly every park and community center, and as the current parks levy expires, it is time to establish stable, dedicated funding for our parks. Proposition 1 will address a wide variety of parks needs, including protecting wildlife habitats and other open spaces in the city and creating funding for over $267 million worth of work that has been piling up for years.

Click here to learn more about the details of this new funding measure, and to get involved in promoting Proposition 1 and the health of our parks for years to come.

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

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

Register Now 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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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.

Comcast Digital Connectors Program Now Accepting Applications!

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Felicidades to the 2013-2014 Comcast Digital Connectors graduating class!

For the third year in a row, El Centro de la Raza has been approved to host the Comcast Digital Connectors Program, and we are now accepting applications! This unique program works with students ages 14-21 to teach computer software and hardware skills, an introduction to Cisco networking and mobile technologies, and life skills to prepare them for careers in Information Technology.

This program has grown every year since its inception, and students who successfully complete the program receive a personal laptop computer from program funders Comcast! The program begins in September of 2014 and will end in June of 2015.

For applications and more information, contact Alex Bautista at or (206) 957-4620.


JMCDC Enrolling for 2014-2015 School Year!

With 85 students graduating from our JMCDC program this year, 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 (206) 957-4619 or



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 Application for State Financial Aid) allows non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. Many colleges also require additional applications with separate 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

From Hiroshima to Hope in Need of Volunteers

From Hiroshima to Hope is an annual lantern lighting ceremony on Green Lake in North Seattle. Lanterns are lit and floated onto the lake in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and all victims of war violence around the world. This ceremony is meant to promote peace and unity among all people. This year's event is on August 6th from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and is currently in need of volunteers to help make it a success. There are many shifts and a variety of volunteer tasks available from greeters and peace keepers to set-up and clean-up, but the most needed positions are boat and lantern crew, which will prepare lanterns and make sure they get back to shore.

For more information about this event and volunteer opportunities, contact Fred at (206) 453-4471 or Shirley at

Working to Bring White River Amphitheater Back to the Community

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe's White River Amphitheater has become widely known as a premier concert venue, hosting a wide variety of well-attended events. However, the original goal of the amphitheater was to to be a community asset, a place to build community, and the Muckleshoot tribe is working hard with OneReel, a nonprofit arts and culture organization, to bring that vision back.

See below for information about the campaign kickoff event, To Gather, on August 10th at White River Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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:

El Centro de la Raza Hosting Summer Youth Interns!

Hope for Youth AmeriCorps Position Now Open!

Free Meals for Kids and Teens!

Help Preserve Our Outstanding Parks System

Check out the New Arreguín Piece for the Auction!

Digital Connectors Now Open to Applicants for 2014-2015

From Hiroshima to Hope in Need of Volunteers

Community Cultural Celebration at White River Amphitheater!

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

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Events Calendar:

August 7: Café con El Centro de la Raza
August 16: Tamale Class
August 30: Veggie Tamale Class

Mil Gracias Summer Funders:

City of Seattle Human Services Department
Selected as Summer Food Service Site; Free Summer Meals for Youth

Building the Beloved Community Gala Sponsors:

Clear Channel

Chase Bank
Clear Channel Outdoor
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Bank of America
Ben Bridge Jewler

Catholic Community Services
Heritage Bank
Molina Healthcare
Seattle City Light
Washington Education Association

Kantor Taylor
Plaza Bank
PNW Carpenters
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Education Association
Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Seahawks
SEIU Local 6
SMR Architects
Sprague Israel Giles
Union Bank
United Healthcare
United Way
Washington Federal
Watson McDonnell
Washington Community Reinvestment Association

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News Roundup:

YES on Prop 1, co-authored by Estela Ortega
City Council hopes to avoid one-third of bus-service cuts

Jose Antonio Vargas detained by Border Patrol in Texas
Missing the Point: A study about the effects that Native Mascots have on Native Youth

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

GoodShop Ad

Bartells Ad

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