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.

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...

Rainier Beach residents own land to develop their vision

RBAC owns a property off of Martin Luther King Jr Way South, across the Rainier Beach light rail station. The community has a home for its Food Innovation Center. Let’s take a moment to let these words sink in.  Rainier Beach residents own land to develop their...

No off season for the Farm Stands Fellows!

  Sure, the main harvesting season is over for us in the Northwest, but it doesn’t mean that our Farm Stand team has stopped all activities, far from it. Once we’d given away that last bunch of carrots or bag of plums, folded the canopies, and sent “Thank You!”...

Town Hall Highlights

If you missed the Town Hall you can view it here.  Farm Stand Fellows Presentation  Even before Covid-19, Rainier Beach was a neighborhood affected by food insecurity. When Covid hit, it made the problem worse because events were shut down so we couldn't get permits...

Rainier Beach Town Hall Update

Join us for a virtual Town Hall when we connect with the community to discuss RBAC's Food Justice and Public Safety initiatives. We will recognize our local Unsung Heroes who have been in service to the community by developing programs to keep our R.B. residents with...

Food Innovation Center Update

Our excitement is without measure about the $3 million received to purchase property across the street, just west, from the Rainier Beach Light Rail Station. RBAC (a merger between Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition and Rainier Beach Moving Forward in 2015)...

Mama Sambusa Kitchen

A Black-owned, women-owned, women-financed, Muslim-owned, South End staple. by Fatima Kabba If you’re ever in the South End, make sure you stop by Mama Sambusa Kitchen! From delicious sambusas to creamy fettuccine, you won’t be disappointed. Mariam, also known as Mama...

Food Justice & Public Safety Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a virtual Town Hall when we connect with the community to discuss RBAC's Food Justice and Public Safety initiatives. We will recognize our local Unsung Heroes who have been in service to the community by developing programs to keep our R.B. residents with...

Food Innovation Center Survey

The Food Innovation Center (FIC) is a community project in the Rainier Beach neighborhood that will serve residents of the Rainier Valley through economic opportunities around food, health, nutrition, and education. The opportunity this project creates will lead to...

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.

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...

Community/Staff Spotlight

Ryan Croone II is a double threat by all accounts. He has dedicated himself both to the Circle Keepers and the Clean Crew, working through multiple RBAC programs to bring positive change to the neighborhood. If you ask anyone, Ryan is a great leader and artist who...

2020 RBAC Life In Review By the Numbers!

2020 RBAC Life In Review By the Numbers!   Now is typically when organizations do a year end review and this year RBAC, the Rainier Beach Action Coalition! will be no exception. The approach being taken is looking at 2020 by the numbers. It may get a bit...

A Beautiful Safe Place

by Gabbie Price as inspired by the Community Healing Space and Positive Behavioral Intervention Support practice Here at RBAC, we are striving to build a culture of being safe, respectful, and responsible in Rainier Beach. As part of that work, we spent two weeks in...

PBIS Update

PBIS Update (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) - This fall, our PBIS team (Stew, Danielle and Gabbie) have been busy training organizations in Rainier Beach to encourage safe, respectful, and responsible behavior as a means of improving public safety....

Food Justice & Public Safety Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a virtual Town Hall when we connect with the community to discuss RBAC's Food Justice and Public Safety initiatives. We will recognize our local Unsung Heroes who have been in service to the community by developing programs to keep our R.B. residents with...

COMMUNITY HEALING SPACE

Since June 16th, 2020 the Corner Greeters joined by the Clean Crew, RBAC's Circle Keepers and RBAC’s YATTA Rising Team (20 in all) have “activated” the west end of the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot. This activity is being conducted with the goal of making that...

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

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,...

Business & Entrepreneurship Wellness Core Classes

Hello, my name is Hani Ahmed, credential specialist and Beach 5 member of Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC). Earlier this year, I began to develop my curriculum, ‘What is Business Anyway?’ In this class, we learned what makes a business, the different aspects of...

Systems Change Class: Race and Class in Seattle

What does it mean to be Black and low-income in this city? That question is often the lived experience of so many folks in the 98118 zip code. Especially here in Rainier Beach. In late January of 2021, after weeks and months of brainstorming and review, I launched a...

YATTA Rising Systems Change Class

In 2019 I was asked to create a curriculum as a part of the RBAC youth initiated program, YATTA Rising. YATTA stands for “Young Adults Transitioning To Adulthood” and was created by some of the young folx in RBAC. It came as...

Beach Fives

This is not a job announcement.  It is a description of the work RBAC has young adults who are transitioning to adulthood (we call them YATTA’s) working in. These YATTA’s live in the Rainier Valley and are making a difference beyond their immediate work.  Description...

Disaster Gentrification Series (Part I)

By Jerrell Davis The Rainier Beach neighborhood in Seattle has been a mecca of culture, vibrance, and style for decades. Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a process in motion that has drastically affected who still lives in this neighborhood. Regardless of...

RBAC & FRIENDS ACKNOWLEDGE RAINIER BEACH UNSUNG HEROES OF 2020

Almost every year RBAC and its friends acknowledge people in the neighborhood who contribute in a mighty way but somehow are “under the radar.” Their contributions, and what they mean to us as residents of Rainier Beach, are understated. The Rainier Beach Action...

Priority Hire Course Completion

A huge congratulations to these young men for completing their first PriorIity Hire Course! This is their first step into entering the construction field. Jesiah Marks Chaun Hollins Jr. Edgerin James William Sanders Priority Hire - Just finished a priority hire...

Beach Fives

by Hani Ahmed and Makayla Miles 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...

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).

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...

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...

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...

Beach Fives

This is not a job announcement.  It is a description of the work RBAC has young adults who are transitioning to adulthood (we call them YATTA’s) working in. These YATTA’s live in the Rainier Valley and are making a difference beyond their immediate work.  Description...

Priority Hire Update

We are being asked to prepare a proposal in order to be granted to do construction industry outreach in 2021. This is an interesting turn about considering ground zero for the advocacy that brought about the Priority Hire ordinance in the first place is Rainier Beach....

 Virtual “Community Civic Engagement Town Hall”

Hello friend of the Rainier Beach Action Coalition Please join us in community as we welcome State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales to a Virtual "Community Civic Engagement Town Hall"  ...

Priority Hire Course Completion

A huge congratulations to these young men for completing their first PriorIity Hire Course! This is their first step into entering the construction field. Jesiah Marks Chaun Hollins Jr. Edgerin James William Sanders Priority Hire - Just finished a priority hire...

RBAC SPOTLIGHT: OUTREACH PROMOTER EDDIE GRINNELL

  You have probably heard of Eddie Grinnell from the previous article on Priority Hire. Eddie is the Outreach Promoter for Priority Hire, he started in 2015 or 2016, so he has been at it for about five years now. Eddie's favorite part of this work is the...

Rainier Beach Action Coalition statement in light of the times…

As we bear witness to events, like COVID-19, that reveal the impact of racism on our society, we then have to continuously see Black men murdered again and again at the hands of police. Mind you, in the US just this year there were 88 who have experienced this fate,...