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.

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...

RBAC Garden Update

Amazing things have been happening in the RBAC gardens thanks to our garden supervisor, Oscar Freeman. Over the past few weeks, Freeman has been working on the ten raised beds and the twelve trees in the backyard of the RBAC Office, in addition to the three beds at...

Farm Stand Update

Farm Stand season is getting close and the team is hard at work figuring out how to operate this year. Will it be free distribution like last year? Should we get our own cold storage? Do we need to hire a new Farm Stand Manager? What’s the best location for the Farm...

Rainier Beach Farm Stand Grand Re-Opening

The Rainier Beach Farm Stand grand re-opening will be June, 19th, 2021 at 10 am. This year the Farm Stand will be held at the new RBAC@MLK location, (9059 MLK Jr. Way S Seattle, 98118). You can read more about the purchase of that property here. This will be the...

Beach Fresh Update

On Wednesday, Beach Freshers got the chance to attend a summit Called Food is Power. This summit featured African American Chefs/Bakers that are running restaurants/bakeries while serving the community. Edouardo Jordan gave a cooking demonstration while talking about...

Farm Stand Update

  Farm Stand season is getting close and the team is hard at work figuring out how to operate this year. Will it be free distribution like last year? Should we get our own cold storage? Do we need to hire a new Farm Stand Manager? What’s the best location for the...

Rainier Beach Food Gardens

Did you know that there are several Food Gardens in Rainier Beach? Sure, you know about the Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands or the Thistle P-Patch off MLK. But that’s not it! There are now a number of little gems popping up everywhere. So many in fact, that...

Beach Fresh Update

RBAC’s own Beach Fresh program is going strong in 2021. The Beach Fresh program started in 2019, intent on giving Rainier Beach youth meal prep skills that would lead them towards independence as they move into adulthood. The program was put in place to challenge food...

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.

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...

Corner Greeter Data

It’s been a little over a year (June 19) since it was decided to activate the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot-- despite the pandemic-- due to a rise in incidents that contribute to neighborhood violence.  Our job, based on research, tells us that activating spaces...

Roles & Goals

We want to give you a glimpse inside the coordination of a non-arrest crime intervention project led by community young people. It is called the Corner Greeter project and RBAC operates it on behalf of the Rainier Beach A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth initiative. The...

Fatima’s RBAC Experience

My name is Fatima, I have been working with RBAC for the past two years now. I am blessed to be a part of this family. They are not just coworkers, this is a place that has people who I can go to and lean to. It is a family that can support and uplift me. RBAC really...

Interview with Corner Greeters Fatima & Taylon

A Beautiful Safe Place is perhaps one of the most active action areas within RBAC, containing programs like the Corner Greeters, Circle Keepers, Clean Crew, and more. Occasionally, we’ll sit down with some of the young adults that work in these programs to get an...

RBAC Department Circle Summary

“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” L. J. Isham There is a difference between believing in and practicing Restorative and Transformative Justice. Our Rainier Beach community has been elevating...

Corner Greeters Expand to More Locations

RBAC engagement workers - There has been a lot of energy around the RB Safeway parking lot these days. RBAC has dispatched its team of youth and neighborhood engagers-- the Corner Greeters-- to activate that space as a strategy to reduce the incidents that contribute...

Community Building Through Environmental Design

By Stewart Bowerman, Coordinator, Public Safety, Rainier Beach Action Coalition Earlier this month, RBAC’s Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) team and Seattle Neighborhood Group’s CPTED team visited the Rainier Beach NW Kidney Center to conduct a...

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

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...

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...

Financial Literacy Curriculum

As part of RBAC’s YATTA Rising Wellness Core, Elijah Lewis and his team facilitated 6 weeks of financial literacy curriculum, which they called the Flourish Financial Group Planning Series. Each class consisted of a new financial topic with a new financial coach. The...

206 Rising Peace Coalition Award Goes to RBAC Circle Keepers

On Thursday, May 28th on Facebook Live the Circle Keepers were given the annual 206 Rising Award, “to acknowledge special contributions to the well-being of the community.” The 206 Rising program, part of the PEACE Coalition which has partnered with RBAC since 2012,...

Financial Literacy Class

RBAC is having a financial wellness core class taught by Elijah Lewis. Elijah is one of the founders of the Financial Flourish group. So far, there have been four classes out of a six-week course.  In the first class, we talked about our relationship with money and...

Fatima’s RBAC Experience

My name is Fatima, I have been working with RBAC for the past two years now. I am blessed to be a part of this family. They are not just coworkers, this is a place that has people who I can go to and lean to. It is a family that can support and uplift me. RBAC really...

Supporting Youth and Young Adults for Success

This month, RBAC took steps to increase its capacity through the submission of two proposals to the City of Seattle's Human Services Department. The first proposal is titled, ‘Supporting Youth and Young Adults for Success’ and the other is, ‘Community Safety Capacity...

Social Movement Class 

By Marisol Santos-Perez Social Movement Class  When issues arise,  we don't always get taught how to create an action plan or discuss how we can make a change. I created my class “Social Movement” to do just that. It is a way for our YATTA’s to feel more comfortable,...

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).

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...

Eddie’s Update: Priority Hire

Eddie Grinnell has been continuing to hit the streets to find people interested in well-paid trade jobs. The city’s Priority Hire program is meant to ensure that people in the 98118 have access to the jobs created by the City’s construction projects, and Eddie makes...

Disaster Gentrification in King County and How to Stop it From Happening Again

Rainier Beach Action Coalition, the Multicultural Community Coalition and Puget Sound Sage studied the risks of disaster gentrification created by the COVID-19 pandemic and propose what our local governments can do now to protect and stabilize our BIPOC communities....

GiveBIG LIVE Hour of Giving!

Mark your calendars! RBAC is going live Wednesday, May 5th @ 6pm, for an 'Hour of Giving' to ring in GiveBIG day! This live stream will feature music, discussions with our young people, performances, and sneak previews of upcoming events. It is our hope that, with the...

Supporting Youth and Young Adults for Success

This month, RBAC took steps to increase its capacity through the submission of two proposals to the City of Seattle's Human Services Department. The first proposal is titled, ‘Supporting Youth and Young Adults for Success’ and the other is, ‘Community Safety Capacity...