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 by the Numbers

The Rainier Beach Action Coalition Beach Fresh program is still going strong in 2022 and activities are being planned to jump-start the new year in many ways. We have so much to reflect on as we move forward that can help us on our continued journey to healthier...

Food Justice Coordinator: Nurhaliza

As the new Food Justice Coordinator here at RBAC, it is with great honor to be given the space to share this work as we wrap up 2021! My name is Nurhaliza, South Seattle bred and Skyway raised. As an immigrant and daughter of refugees, my connection to food is a...

How to Grow Tomatoes Indoors

It is possible to grow tomatoes indoors, but you’ll need to understand what tomato plants need in order to bear fruit instead of spindly vines. Choosing the right tomato is the key to success. Micro dwarf tomatoes grow about six inches to a foot tall. You can put a...

Evolution of Nutrition at the Community Healing Space

RBAC as an organization, is committed to addressing food insecurity in Rainier Beach.  A few ways we currently do that are through our seasonal Farm Stand, weekly classes like Beach Fresh, and the development of the Food Innovation Center. We’ve been hosting Corner...

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...

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.

Clean Crew Invites Participation in MLK Day Legacy of Service Event at Rose Street

The RBAC Clean Crew will be joining forces with The Mission Continues to do major clean up, space care and planting at the corner of Rose Street and Wabash Ave S. Everyone in the community is invited to participate in honor of Dr. King's legacy. Register using the QR...

RBAC Staff by the Numbers

RBAC has 40 workers. 25 of the 40 workers are between the ages of 16-24 years old. 20 of the 40 workers are African American males. Through this workforce RBAC cycles into the Rainier Beach neighborhood over $1,000,000 in wages and compensation. In the story you are...

2021 By the Numbers

Clean Crew reported over 200 Find-it Fix-it issues including illegal dumping, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, traffic issues.  800 'Be safe, Be respectful, Be responsible' coloring books passed out 6 Public Safety Deep Dives that trained 14 organizations in PBIS for the...

2021 Year in Review: PBIS

Did you know that Rainier Beach Action Coalition is building the nation’s first community-wide PBIS program in Rainier Beach?  Never heard of PBIS? It’s a way to address behavioral challenges at schools through a systems-change framework. Believe it or not, there’s...

Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting on Friday December 17th

In the tradition of its legacy, the Rainier Beach Action Coalition in partnership with the Rainier Beach A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth is hosting a Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting on Friday, December 17th from 6 pm - 8 pm Having conducted over 50 of these since...

Clean Crew Learns about and Implements Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

In June and July the Clean Crew spent three days learning about crime prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).  The training was intended to: (1) provide the crew a high-level understanding of CPTED techniques and (2) how they might use the techniques to...

Treat it Like it’s Yours Cleanup Challenge 2021

After one incredibly successful month, the RBAC Clean Crew would like to give you a recap of the second annual 'Treat it Like it's Yours' clean-up challenge. The goal of this challenge is to increase the number of youth and young adults involved in cleanup service...

Regional Peacekeepers Collective

There is a new relationship emerging at RBAC in our public safety area, it's called Regional Peacekeepers Collective (RPKC) and it is as part of the Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) strategic plan. The RPKC was created to deliver support and provide services for young...

PBIS Deep Dive

There will be a PBIS Deep Dive taking place this Wednesday, Nov. 17th from 2:30-4:00 pm. Make sure to tune in and join us for a conversation on Neighborhood Safety! Click here for the link to join the meeting.  

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 Fives by the Numbers

Circle keeping - planning, facilitation and training Corner Greeting - planning, event participation, community healing space planning, continuous quality improvement, data analysis, credential development/coordination and coaching FreedomNet - editorial board...

KEEP SWINGIN

As we close out another year, it is important to remember that the next day is not promised; each day we get to see, we should greet with gratitude and excitement.  That approach to organizing is what helps us sustain. I have witnessed this gratitude and excitement,...

Gunshot Wound Training

Throughout the summer of 2021, one thing has remained very important while making waves throughout the city. South Seattle’s relationship to gun violence. Since I could remember, Rainer Beach has chronically made headlines for the shootings sporadically occurring in...

What Does it Mean to be a Circle Keeper?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself over the past 5 years of my circle-keeping experiences. To me, circle keeping is a radical empathy practice. With so much time having lead circles, I’ve been in spaces with people who have stories unlike anything else out...

Best Start for Kids Youth Measurement Committee

Bahsan is a Beach Fiver with a data analyst aspiration. Beach Fives is a program at RBAC where young adults are given an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and help add capacity to RBAC through their skills and interests. The young adults are hired as workers...

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...

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 by the Numbers

A message from our Priority Hire Outreach Worker, Eddie Grinnell about his work in 2021: “At the beginning of the year, I made it my goal to get 85 people assessed, 50 referred, and 25 placed. I did a good job & achieved these goals before the end of the year....

Guaranteed Basic Income

In the first few months of 2021, RBAC, in partnership with Urban Fam and Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, had the opportunity to work on the Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) research project. It started off with a bunch of researching, planning, and meetings. In this study,...

Tiny Home Development Coming to Rainier Beach

The RBAC Update is a space to share what is going on within this organization. That being said, we do want to take the time to update you on the fact that a Tiny Home development is coming to Rainier Beach, but we have to adhere to the intention of this publication....

We Need YOU to Build the Beach!

We Need YOU to Build the Beach! Community Voices, Diverse Subcontractors Needed for Rebuild of Rainier Beach High School  Finally! Rainier Beach High School—the only school in the district that had not received funding for major building improvement—is getting a...

RBAC on the scene during Seattle Department of Transportation Tour of Rainier Beach

On September 27th, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) contacted RBAC to participate in a neighborhood walk on September 30th to give them feedback on transportation issues and concerns.  Although the request was last minute, we were able to have someone...

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...