Highlights

   Rainier Beach Back2School Bash – 16th year, 400/900 Youth/Attendees, 49 Organizations with resource tables
o   Town Halls –  2 held, topics: Open Space, Developmeant in the Community, 230 attendees
o   Farm Stand – 18 events held, ___ attendees
o   Corner Greeters – 24 events held, ____ attendees
o   271 people surveyed for their views on public safety and transportation issues in Rainier Beach
o   704 headlines posted to RB News Wire via Twitter  (Goal 400)

Approach

 All work efforts, programs and services listed above provides jobs, health and well-being
to the fine people of Rainier Beach.
o   RBAC is focusing on neighborhood engagement and empowerment.
o   All work efforts, programs and services serve as outreach mechanisms to the residents of RB, these outreach efforts are in turn pathways for Rainier Beach residents to contribute to the well-being of their own neighborhood.
 

Action Area: Growing Food to develop Healthy Industry

Work Area:  Food Justice, Health, Environmental Justice. Programs RBAC leads in this action area are:

Rainier Beach Food Innovation District promotes the geographic concentration of food-production businesses, services and community activities representative of the cultures present in Rainier Beach. Properties are being identified as sites for community benefit amenities on the ground floor as opposed to typical development models of retail. Currently 5 food producing locations and 4 neighborhood kitchens have been identified that can be used to cook healthy food for the Rainier Beach residents.
Rainier Beach Food Innovation Center is a catalytic venue with a vision for vocational training, food processing and community assets e.g., gathering hall, community kitchen and child-care. A Food Innovation Center Director has been hired (Amanda Lopez Castanon). RBAC property acquisition is underway.
Rainier Beach Farm Stand is an RBAC/Ethiopian Community in Seattle collaboration that brings fresh affordable culturally relevant produce to the neighborhood from nearby farmers of color in order to help support residents practice healthy eating habits. 5 young adult leaders are serving as RB Farm Stand Fellows. 18 Farm Stand event held, a record amount of produce has been sold from 10 people of color farmers.

Beach Fresh is a learning opportunity for young adults participating in RBAC program. Intending to equip young adults transitioning into adulthood with basic life skills in harvesting, preparing, eating in a health and self-sufficient way.

 

Waste Free Communities engages young adults in Rainier Beach in designing, implementing and mapping waste reduction action with a focus on Food Waste/Food Justice. Actions will result in measurably less solid waste going to the landfill.

Beach Fresh Still Going Strong

Our Beach Fresh program is one in which youth, aged 14-24, come to learn useful life skills related to food, health, cooking, and setting up a home kitchen.  We look closely at budgeting, how to make foods from scratch and how to eat a balanced diet.  We’ve been going...

End of Season Celebration at the Farm Stand

As we approach the end of our farm stand season, it is safe to say that we have seen improvements week after week regarding our turnout! Our farm stand team has been successfully adapting to new conditions while keeping an enthusiastic attitude throughout the process....

Farm Stand Celebration!

After a successful farm stand celebration back in July, the crew has decided to put on another gathering to commemorate the end of the season and beginning of Fall in a few weeks! This will be another all ages event taking place on Saturday, October 2nd from 10am-2pm....

Food Resource Guide

The Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) Food Justice team has produced a food resource guide that will provide the community with affordable and/or free, healthy options. This pamphlet is centered in South Seattle and includes information highlighting 10...

Nurturing Roots: A Note from the Farm Stand Managers

  Hello everyone, this is Kidest, Derartu, and Abby and we are the 2021 farm stand managers! A big part of our role here at RBAC is not only operating the farm stand, but it also consists of going down to Nurturing Roots farm in Beacon Hill 1-2 times a week and...

Farm Stand Celebration a Huge Success

After hosting our first farm stand celebration of the season on July 31st, we would like to deeply thank everyone who came down and made it a success! Without the numerous RBAC staff, volunteers, performers, caterers—and most importantly, our visitors, none of this...

The Apple Tree at Rainier Beach High School

Back in 2012, Rainier Beach High School senior, Yoda Pokhrel, planted an apple tree on her school’s campus. Yoda and her family were Nepalese, immigrating to the U.S. after being expelled from Bhutan. At the time when she planted the apple tree, it was the only food...

Farm Stand Celebration

By Kidest Waihsun As we approach the halfway mark of our farm stand season, it is safe to say that we are seeing improvements week after week regarding our turnout! Our farm stand team has been successfully adapting to new conditions while keeping an enthusiastic...

Rainier Beach Farm Stand and Garden Update

The Rainier Beach Farm Stand is still going strong! It has been operating for 4 weeks now!  The Farm Stand happens every Saturday from 10-12 right across from the RB light rail station. Each week there is fresh produce from local and POC Farms. Last week there were...

RBAC @ MLK tours!

We have some very exciting news for you! The first guided tour of our new property-- the future Food Innovation Center-- will be happening on Saturday, July 31st. This tour will focus on current uses of the space and the plans for the future construction of the new...

Action Area: A Beautiful Safe Place

Work areas: Public Safety through youth and neighborhood engagement and Art.  Programs RBAC leads in this action are are:

Corner Greeters activate spaces to reduce incidents that contribute to youth crime. Corner Greeters is the only autonomous neighborhood led public safety alternative to policing in the city of Seattle. Since its start in 2015 incidents have decreased 30% (no more than one incident a day among a population of 10,000 people). 40 youth/young adult workers, 18 neighborhood scouting walks, 18 neighborhood corner greeting events, 271 public safety surveys taken. Partnerships exists with DIRT (Duwamish Intervention Restorative Team), Ethiopian Community in Seattle, Seattle Department of Transportation. Seattle Public Utilities, Office of Housing and Sound Transit has had audience with Corner Greeters.
Rainier Beach Clean Crew is trying to “solve the litter problem” in Rainier Beach. A team is dispatched Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday to pick up litter in designated areas and identify “hot spots” for targeting. 5 of 8 sectors served.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support is a universal, community wide prevention program that aims to establish a social culture with the Rainier Beach neighborhood in which residents expect and support appropriate behavior from one another – and thereby create neighborhood environments that are socially predictable, consistent, safe and positive. The primary goals of “community wide positive behavioral supports” are to reduce problems behaviors within community that lead to interaction with law enforcement authorities, and to change perceptions of community safety. Rainier Beach’s neighborhood values are Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.
Southeast Seattle FreedomNet uses social media to document and chronicle Rainier Beach activity and uses it to change the Rainier Beach narrative to one of a vibrant, connected, healthy, safe neighborhood. Quantitative Results: 704 online posts of positive activity occurring in Rainier Beach. Online assets include a youth centered web site and general public web site, Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard and Instagram.

Fatima’s Experience as a Youth Leader

How did I get involved in RBAC? My great, immaculate friend Mariam Bayo helped me a lot. I am so blessed to have a wonderful friend like her. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t really know anything about Rainier Beach Action Coalition. We are a non-profit organization,...

Clean Crew Update

  The Clean Crew is the resident Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) program. They are stewards of the Rainier Beach neighborhood and have some exciting plans to close out the year. Here is a glimpse of what they (Malcolm, Deshaun, Ryan, Jesiah,...

PBIS Site Visits

Want to make your space safer? We can help! RBAC is now scheduling FREE site visits in the neighborhood. Our goal is simple. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to bring people together and equip them to make Rainier Beach a safer neighborhood.  Here’s what we’ll...

Pho Van Mural Project Celebration Update

Have you seen the new mural lighting up the walls of the old Pho Van building? That project took place as a result of collaboration between Cathie Wilmore of Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, Kema Jones & Mari Shibuya of Arts for Resistance &...

Mayor Durkan Announces Fourth School Year of Free, Unlimited Transit Passes

The Office of the Mayor recently announced that this will be the fourth year of the ORCA Opportunity Program, a program that provides all eligible Seattle Public Students with access to free ORCA Cards. These ORCA cards give students access to free public...

Pho Van Mural

If you’re a Rainier Beach local, you’ve definitely driven by the closed-down Pho Van restaurant neighboring Safeway. For many years, this graffiti-covered building has prompted public safety concerns and has been an eyesore on a road that could essentially be the...

Pho Van Mural

If you’re by Safeway sometime over the next week, make sure you take a minute to walk across the parking lot and check out the old Pho Van restaurant's new paint job! Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth and Seattle Neighborhood Group are collaborating to...

Public Safety Deep Dive

Join us for the next online Public Safety Deep Dive on August 4th @ 2:30 to meet your neighbors and learn evidence-based practices for how to build and maintain a safe, positive environment at your organization.  Want a sneak peek? Here you go… People reach out to us...

RBAC Awarded Funds to Expand Community Safety Programs

A couple of weeks ago we received an email stating that RBAC, out of 78 applicants & a total of +$40million in requests, had been selected to receive funding from the Human Service Department’s Community Safety Capacity Building RFP. This means that we will be...

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Deep Dive

There is an online positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) training coming up on August 4th from 2:30-4:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for us to engage in conversation about what is happening and how we can improve public safety through positive...

Action Area: Life Long Learning

Work Area: Education (Advocacy, support), Family Life via local community based organizations. Programs RBAC leads in this action area are:

 

Rainier Beach Back2School Bash is an annual education-centered event where free backpacks, resource tables and community building takes place in order to inspire our youth about education. Quantitative Results: 700 backpacks, 55 resource tables for 500 children. 400 families present
Beach 5 is a leadership development pathway for 18-24-year-old Rainier Beach neighborhood talent. Quantitative Results: 6 young adults transitioning to adulthood, over 100 youth touched by the work of the five program participants through their provision of circle keeping, FreedomNet coaching, nutrition

YATTA Rising at Black is Back

This past weekend, our YATTA's attended the Black is Back event, which was hosted by the UW Seattle Black Student Union (BSU). The event was put on as a joint effort to provide a community-building space for Black students on campus. Sprawling across the infamous Red...

Beach Fives Update

The Beach Fives is a program currently composed of six young adults at RBAC who provide capacity-building support within the RBAC organization while also developing their leadership skills. The Beach Fives, funded by King County’s Best Start for Kids initiative and...

Hani Ahmed’s Wellness Core Class

Hello! It’s Hani Ahmed again, and I’m back with another Wellness Core class. In this class, I wanted to impress upon young people the importance of internet safety and how to conduct business on the internet. I also tied it in with my previous business class by...

Rainier Beach Emergency Communications Hub

Do you know what you and your family would do if an emergency happened in your neighborhood? The Rainier Beach Emergency Communications Hub is an annual community training where neighbors learn & practice what they should do in response to a major natural...

Wellness Core Class

On Wednesday, we had another amazing (Young Adults Transitioning to Adulthood) YATTA Rising Wellness Core class taught by the passionate and knowledgeable Zion Thomas. This week was a continuation of his class series called Deep Blue which focuses on the effects of...

Hani Ahmed’s Wellness Core Class

Last week, the knowledgeable Hani Ahmed confidently taught a Wellness Core Class to a group of young adults. The first session of her class focused on internet safety, and the youth shared tips on how to stay safe on the internet. Some of the ideas mentioned were...

Wellness Core Class

Zion Thomas, a member of the YATTA Rising program is teaching a wellness core class that digs deep into the history of policing. The class is called Deep blue and it is an analysis of policing in Seattle. Each class starts with a check-in where we can understand what...

Beach Fresh Update

For the past few months, Beach Fresh has had the opportunity to add yoga to its curriculum. These yoga classes are taught by Minh Hai Alex who is a registered dietician at Mindful Nutrition in Seattle. Everyone who attends the class gets the chance to learn how to do...

Youth Achievement Center

There will be a fundraiser event this Sunday from 12-4 pm to fundraise for the future Youth Achievement Center (YAC), a space meant to provide housing and other crucial resources to young people. A collaborative effort by Creative Justice, Africatown Community Land...

YATTA Rising Wellness Core

Over the course of 17 weeks, the YATTA (Young Adults Transitioning to Adulthood) Rising team delivered a weekly class on 4 different topics as part of our Wellness Core Curriculum. RBAC leaders Hani Ahmed, Marisol Santos-Perez, Zion Thomas, and RBHS graduate Elijah...

Action Area: A Place for Everyone

Work Area: Transportation, Employment, Housing Open space/Land Use. Programs RBAC leads in this action area are:

Priority Hire is a construction industry service that specializes in outreach and assessment of African American males that creates pathway to living wage jobs and skill building.  74 Seattle residents (primarily African-American males) with aspirations for work in the construction trade are to be assessed, 54 will be referred to and 34 will be placed with pre-apprenticeship training programs.
Coalition participation (tables we are at) to address public safety, economic development, food justice issue occurring in Rainier Beach. Through leading and/or attending critical local and regional coalitions RBAC strives to move the needle on jobs, improved mobility and safe, affordable places to live.  10 tables we are at – Communities of Opportunity Steering Committee (COO SC), Communities of Opportunity Evaluation Advisory Group, South Communities Organizing for Regional and Racial Equity (South CORE), South CORE Land for Justice Subcommittee, RSET (Racial and Social Equity Taskforce), Rainier Beach Economic Development Round Table, RB A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth (RBABSPY), Graham Street Station Steering Committee, South Seattle Peace Coalition/206 Rising (Neighborhood House).

Rainier Beach High School Rebuild

One of the newest projects that excite us in Rainier Beach is the Rainier Beach High School (RBHS) Rebuild. “The Beach” will undergo a full reconstruction of the pre-existing building offering our neighborhood students and others an innovative incubator for...

Eddie’s Update

An opportunity for youth who want to get involved in the construction industry has opened up again. YouthBuild is a Pre-Apprenticeship program for 18-24 year olds. Though it was withheld last year due to COVID-19 concerns, it will be back up and running this year. The...

Eddie’s Update

Lately, Eddie has noticed that the people who he is connecting with available opportunities are beyond Rainier Beach or even the South End. People have been reaching out from other places--especially in south King County or the Central District. He said that even as...

Priority Hire Update

This Saturday, Rainier Beach High School alum and former NBA player Jamal Crawford is having an event at Greenlake in the afternoon, and Eddie will be setting up a table to recruit people for highly paid jobs in the trades. Also, Pastor Willis, the program...

Eddie’s Update: Priority Hire

This Saturday, Rainier Beach High School alum and former NBA player Jamal Crawford is having an event at Greenlake in the afternoon, and Eddie will be setting up a table to recruit people for highly paid jobs in the trades. Also, Pastor Willis, the program...

RBAC @ MLK tours!

We have some very exciting news for you! The first guided tour of our new property-- the future Food Innovation Center-- will be happening on Saturday, July 31st. This tour will focus on current uses of the space and the plans for the future construction of the new...

Priority Hire

Priority Hire is an ordinance that exists in the City of Seattle that requires any City of Seattle public works construction projects of $5 million or more to have at least 25% of the workforce come from economically distressed zip codes, primarily 98118, 98144,...

Disaster Gentrification Series: Part II

By Jerrell Davis The CD. South Seattle. Sheikh Jarrah. New Orleans. Haiti. Colombia. Srok Khmer (Cambodia). Ethiopia. The world is not on fire, but it is heating up like never before. It is wise for us to understand the global context when analyzing local issues. The...

Guaranteed Basic Income

  RBAC launched a Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) pilot with support from the office of King County District 2 office and Council Member Girmay Zahilay. When we were approached to pilot a guaranteed basic income program for Rainier Beach households we jumped at the...

Priority Hire Advisory Committee Recommendations

About ten years ago the Rainier Beach Community Center was being demolished for a rebuild. We were so excited and Rainier Beach deserved it. Our excitement waned, however, when it was discovered that in the demolition and construction of the building (located at 8825...