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.

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...

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...

The last farm stand of the season will be September 28, 2019

Like always there will be fresh local produce from poc farmers. This last farm stand will have a few things to make it extra fun! Chef Ariel will be doing a cooking demo with something involving apples.See pics of some previous cooking demo below and maybe some...

Food Innovation Center

The Food Innovation Center is a project that has been talked about and a plan in progress for many years.  The hope is to eventually acquire a building that would make the Food Innovation Center possible. The Food Innovation Center is a place that will focus on...

RBAC Worker Profile: Amanda Lopez-Castanon

. Amanda Lopez-Castanon is our Food Innovation Center Director. She's the lady on the left in the picture below. The picture is of the judges for the first Rainier Beach Grill Off Held at Beer Sheva Park. It was the third in a series of gatherings there to promote the...

Farm Stand Produce

Strawberries!!! Tastes like summer, right? Did you know this fruit consistently tops the list of "Dirty Dozen" fruits & vegetables that use the most pesticides and chemicals to grow? Pure Nelida Farm in Skagit Valley brings our strawberries and raspberries this...

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.

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...

Rainier Beach Town Hall. Safe Neighborhood Pathwayz

Rainier Beach Town Hall. Safe Neighborhood Pathwayz. Rainier Beach had its last Town Hall of 2019 on 12/12/2019. If you didn’t get to attend you can check it out here.  https://www.pscp.tv/w/1LyxBLAXarjGN   Mr. Davis and Dunia were the mc for this town hall and...

RBAC and ABSPY Billboards.

If you have been driving around the neighborhood you may have noticed these awesome billboard designed by Messiah Fagerholm. We hope you take this mantra to heart and Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. RBAC and ABSPY Billboard on MLK & Ryan at Public Storage.

Rainier Beach “Light” walk (Happening Today!!)

Rainier Beach "Light" walk (Happening Today!!)

CORNER GREETER SAFETY SURVEY SUMMARY

  SUMMARY of FINDINGS After 6 months of surveying 377 people in Rainier Beach, there are some clear conclusions regarding people use of the neighborhood, their recent experience of the neighborhood and suggestions on how to improve the neighborhood. Highlights...

Clean Crew

Clean Crew If you lived in Seattle long enough. Then you probably have heard about the stigma affecting this area. The people that live and work in this community know that stigma isn’t true. However, every time RBAC is present in the community, we know that we are...

RBAC in the community

RBAC in the community. RBAC has been in the community and in house doing dome awesome work. Here is a brief glimpse of what we have been up to Corner Greeters at Lake Washington Apartments. Corner Greeters have been showing up at Lake Washington Apartments for at...

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

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...

Beach Fives

The Beach Fives project is a young adult (18 - 24 years old) empowerment and leadership initiative, where they learn-by-doing and lead by example. It’s a citizen-led community service for young adults to leverage the neighborhood they come from. Beach Fives is funded...

Makayla’s RBAC Journey

How many people (young adults) can truly say they are building skills for the career they want, at the job they currently have. The answer to that is probably not many. Which is why I am grateful to RBAC for allowing me to do just that. As you may or may not know, the...

XR Valley Workshops

XR  Valley workshop. XR is any form of an immersive experience. This can include virtual reality but also things like guided tours.  Something that you may not have known RBAC has is the Food Innovation Center concept in virtual reality. The idea is to be able to put...

RBAC Potluck

The RBAC Potluck occured on September 7. RBAC employees,families and friend's, all got a chance to get to know each other and the work we are doing at RBAC. Here is a photo display of the event.

Back2School Bash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29igh0hc7y0 Back2School Bash Drums and Dragons 16th annual Rainier Beach Back2School Bash serves hundreds. For the 16th year RBAC hosted the Back2School Bash that brought together 50 resource tables, 6 artistic performances, 15 members...

RBAC learning and Training

The Corners Greeters on July 1st got a chance to visit King County's Renton Wastewater Treatment plant.  They learned how water gets filtered and how compost is made from solid waste.    Aside from their owning learning, the Corner Greeters are also teaching the...

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).

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...

The first annual Rainier Beach Grill Master Championship, hosted by Link2Lake.

RBAC is a staunch supporter of this group and its efforts...they are fine people. We served as judges (thanks Davon, Amanda and Daishun) for the grill off, entered as a contestant (thanks Tariq). The Corner Greeters were there and the winner was Sam Osborne.  

Priority Hire at Work

Remember when Rainier Beach Community Center was demolished and rebuilt in 2009. Did you know that no residents of Rainier Beach worked on the construction. We organized and won an ordinance with the City of Seattle that now requires all City of Seattle Construction...

Back2School Bash! Happening, August 10th, 2019

Signature events have been a staple of RBAC since its origin as Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition (2004). We come by it honestly, when we surveyed Rainier Beach residents back then, including youth. We learned they felt disconnected from their community...

Rainier Beach Economic Development Roundtable

There are many tables RBAC sits at that affect the lives of Rainier Beach residents. RBAC makes its purpose to look out for the interest of Rainier Beach when it is at them. One of those tables is the Rainier Beach Economic...

Priority Hire At Work

Priority Hire at Work Remember when Rainier Beach Community Center was demolished and rebuilt in 2009. Did you know that no residents of Rainier Beach worked on the construction. We organized and won an ordinance with the City of Seattle that now requires all City of...