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.

Farmers Markets are Closed

  On March 23rd, Governor Inslee published a 14-page document listing “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”. That list comprises a whole page of positions in the Food and Agriculture industry, including Farmers’ Markets. In Seattle, however, Farmers Markets...

Resource List In Light of COVID 19

Food Rainier Valley Food Bank – open 9:30 – 2 pm, Saturday Wednesday advance call-in only for curbside pick up between 2 pm and 4 pm, working on home delivery solution – info@rvfb.org WA-BLOC – preparing meals while students  are out of school 11:30 am – 1:00 pm,...

New Hire: Community Activist La Tanya Dubois

We are happy to announce La Tanya Dubois as the newest member of the RBAC squad! La Tanya is our Meal Program Coordinator, which means she oversees preparing the meals for the different RBAC programs, and makes sure nutrition is always available at the office. The...

We look forward to seeing you at the next Town Hall! March 12th at South Shore from 6-8:30

The next Town Hall is on March 12th at South Shore from 6-8, and will focus on food justice, more specifically RBAC's impending Food Innovation Center. Town Halls give the community a chance to voice their thoughts around what’s happening in Rainier Beach. You can...

Come Learn about RBAC’s Food Innovation Center Project at the next Town Hall

Come learn about the RBAC's Food Innovation Center project at the next town hall, on March 12th from 6-8 at a location TBD. This will be an opportunity for you to give input which will help determine the direction of this ambitious project. The Food Innovation Center...

Beach Fresh: More Than a Program

Every Thursday from 4-7 at RBAC, Beach Fresh participants learn life and cooking skills from Amanda Lopez-Castanon and Gabbie Price. Beach Fresh is a program that is open to all RBAC youth. These young adults are learning skills like learning how to budget,  cooking...

Mapping Waste Free Communities in Rainier Beach

RBAC has recently started a project that aims to reduce the amount of food waste in Rainier Beach. This project will be led by RBAC young adults and possibly some other Young Adults from Rainier Beach High School. The people involved in this project are called Youth...

Making your own pickles!

Making pickles at homeServings 4Ready In: 26hrsCalories: 14Good For: SnacksInroduction About this RecipeBy: Ariel Bangs This recipe is especially great if you have a lot of cucumbers in your garden! Ingredients 2 lbs cucumbers 1 lb okra 3 tsp salt 3/4 cup chopped...

Beach Fresh

RBAC has started a program called Beach Fresh. Beach Fresh aims to teach young adults at RBAC life Skills for Food Prep, Healthy Living and Nutritional Lifestyle. The first lesson is all about water and all the amazing things that can be made from simply boiling water...

RBAC and Dirt Corp. Giving away trees!

RBAC and Dirt Corp. are working together for the rest of the year to hand out free planting trees to the community, and this is one of the events you can get one! At the Town Hall, happening October 17th, 2019  from 6-8:30!       Flyer designed by...

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.

Corner Greeter Update #todayi

  #todayi Our corner greeter youth usually are physically out in the field making a change in the community of Rainier Beach by activating spaces while providing non-arrest crime prevention work/activities, beautifying the neighborhood, as well as sharing and...

Resource List In Light of COVID 19

Food Rainier Valley Food Bank – open 9:30 – 2 pm, Saturday Wednesday advance call-in only for curbside pick up between 2 pm and 4 pm, working on home delivery solution – info@rvfb.org WA-BLOC – preparing meals while students  are out of school 11:30 am – 1:00 pm,...

Join YATTA Rising!

Young Adults: Join YATTA Rising! The Rainier Beach neighborhood is looking for young adults transitioning into adulthood, typically 15-24 years old, to join RBAC and work on creating policy change strategies within the Seattle Police Department.  YATTA Rising is an...

A Blast From the Past: We Are Rainier Beach

https://vimeo.com/21904133

Creative Placemaking Coming to Rainier Beach

As part of the research process for the Places for People project, Mr. Gregory Davis and I attended a recent presentation about Creative Placemaking at The Trust for Public Land’s office. City Parks Alliance describes Creative Placemaking as, “A cooperative,...

Corner Greeters Back Stronger than Ever

  After a seven-week break, the Corner Greeters will be out on the streets in Rainier Beach interacting with community members and surveying them about potential improvements in the neighborhood. On February 3rd, they will have their first planning meeting, and...

Trees Are Rooting Community in Rainier Beach.

Article re-printed with permission By Bunthay Cheam   “Does anyone remember what type of tree this is?” asked Andrew Schiffer of DIRT Corps. “Coniferous,” a youth shouted. “And which one is the other one?” Andrew responded. “Syberlindigh…” another youth spurted...

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

How to pivot an organization to function in the COVID-19 Era in 9 Steps

Hold Meetings. RBAC held four COVID centered meetings in the first seven days of the leading up to and following the Stay Home Stay Healthy order. Communication is key and meetings are an important tool in helping communication to flow. There is no guarantee that...

Resource List In Light of COVID 19

Food Rainier Valley Food Bank – open 9:30 – 2 pm, Saturday Wednesday advance call-in only for curbside pick up between 2 pm and 4 pm, working on home delivery solution – info@rvfb.org WA-BLOC – preparing meals while students  are out of school 11:30 am – 1:00 pm,...

Beach Fresh Diaries: Layers of Lasagna

On March 5th, 2020, the Beach Freshers learned how to make Garfield's favorite food:  lasagna. They also made salad, garlic bread with real, homemade garlic butter. This was a special week because our new meal program Coordinator La Tanya Horace took charge and taught...

Beach Fresh Diaries:What the Quiche?

On Thursday, February 19th, Beach Fresh participants learned how to make quiche, salad, and apple pie. This week Food Innovation District Strategist, David Sauvion taught the program. An immigrant from France,  David claims he can make quiche in his sleep! The Beach...

It’s a Tart Kiwi, you Know?

  On Thursday, February 6th, Beach Fresh Participants learned how to cook chicken teriyaki with dragon fruit and mango salad. RBAC youth start trickling in before the program starts at four pm. While they work on their other projects, there is often laughter,...

Less Food Waste Equals a Better Place

During the next few weeks, the Food Justice Fellow will be seeking community input on their campaign to reduce food waste in the Rainier Beach area. Food waste is a bigger problem than meets the eye. The trends are disturbing, and all of us are contributing. Here are...

RBAC’s Youth Engagement

RBAC's Youth Engagement practitioners offer insight into the world of engaging youth to take control of their community and their lives. RBAC sent a few of its workers involved in youth engagement work to a Youth Engagement Learning Exchange that included...

RBAC Program Descriptions-2019

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...

2019 RBAC Worker Profiles

RBAC spotlight:Ken Gillgren Ken Gillgren is the Tech Strategist at RBAC. Ken was raised in Milwaukee and has been in Seattle since 1992. One of his favorite books is Smiley’s People. His favorite dish is a Korean dish called Sundubu (A soft tofu stew) with typical...

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).

Priority Hire

      We have from time to time provided information about the Priority Hire ordinance and its impact by reviewing the numbers. We have attempted to translate an industry's way of reporting so that the person on the street could understand, as the...

Resource List In Light of COVID 19

Food Rainier Valley Food Bank – open 9:30 – 2 pm, Saturday Wednesday advance call-in only for curbside pick up between 2 pm and 4 pm, working on home delivery solution – info@rvfb.org WA-BLOC – preparing meals while students  are out of school 11:30 am – 1:00 pm,...

Leading the Way: An Intergenerational Workplace

RBAC is in an interesting season of life. RBAC is essentially a start-up, having turned two years old in its current state recently. We have an intergenerational workplace where of the 38 workers, 23 are between the age of 15-24. Essentially  RBAC pays young people...

Connecting People to Construction Opportunities

Eddie Grinnell is on a quest to find people from the South End to literally build Seattle. RBAC's Priority Hire Community Promoter, has been recruiting all over the Rainier Beach area to find people for the Pre-Apprentice Construction training program, happening every...

RBAC Welcomes NW Kidney Center

RBAC staff Amanda, David, and Mr.Davis recently attend the NW Kidney Center open house. At the open house they got to tour the center and view all of its innovative designs. At  the open house, RBAC shared with them the community resources Rainier Beach has like the...

Equitable Development Initiative Summit

RBAC recently got the chance to attend the Equitable Development Initiative Summit. The Summit was held at the Northwest African American Museum. They were multiple workshops. Here are some notes from the workshop called “The Power Of Organizing to advance policy...

Rainier Beach Town Hall – Developmeant for the Community

Rainier Beach Town Hall - Developmeant for the Community. October 17, 2019; SouthShore Pk-8.   At least 150 people attended a one-of-a-kind event. 11 real estate development projects intended for development in Rainier Beach were on hand. The descriptions of the...

Rainier Beach Town Hall:October 17th, 2019

The next town hall will be October 17,2019 at South Shore from 6-8:30. Twelve developers will be there so the community can learn about what they are going to build in Rainier Beach. It's a chance for you to give your opinions and influence what's happening. Hope to...

Priority Hire Update at RBAC and Arena at Seattle Center

RBAC's outreach and assessment efforts regarding Priority Hire has netted 36 assessments, 26 referrals to pre-apprenticeship programs and 10 placements into pre-apprenticeship programs to date. Our focus has been economically distressed zip codes and people of color...

RBAC was a recipient of a City of Seattle Equitable Development grant of $507,500

RBAC was a recipient of a City of Seattle Equitable Development grant of $507,500. David Sauvion represented RBAC and the press conference held by Mayor Durkan to announce the awards. The Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), part of the City’s effort to support...