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Thank You Party for Greg

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After 9 years of dedicated service, Greg Garcia is stepping down as Executive Director of WAPI Community Services. Please join us in celebrating his success and to thank him for his service.
In addition to recognizing Greg’s achievements, this special evening will also be an opportunity to raise money for this wonderful organization.
Tickets are $25 and include the entrance fee and dinner.
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We hope you can make this event.  If you can’t, but would still like to donate, please do!


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Vinalize, Shabazz Palaces and WAPI!

WAPI is proud to announce a fundraising partnership with Vinalize and Shabazz Palaces!   Vinalize is a former Seattle business that turns old records into cool as hell sunglasses.

Check out the piece from the Seattle Met!  Get a pair of sunglasses inspired by Ish from Shabazz Palaces and Vinalize will donate part of the proceeds to WAPI!


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See You Tomorrow at the Inaugural WAPIFest!

Tomorrow is the big day! Carnival games, music and good food!

Best of all, it’s free admission and it supports WAPI’s drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services.

Join us tomorrow at Jefferson Community Center in Seattle at 11am!

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Don’t forget about the Ube Cheesecake!


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Farewell to Greg

Dear WAPI Supporters,

In about four months, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of WAPI Community Services.  The best way to describe the past nine years for me is a roller coaster.   We all love them, there are parts like the corkscrew that everyone hates or the loop de loop that everyone loves but all-in-all, this has been, to quote the SouthEnd, a “hella filthy” ride.

I love WAPI.  It has become a big part of my life and although I am sad that it’s time to move on, I am also excited and confident in WAPI’s future.  Thanks to the hard work of our staff, our board and all of our supporters, we have been able to serve 900 youth annually for the past five years.  When I started as a WAPI prevention coordinator in 2005, we topped out at about 200.

We moved offices, we got grants, won awards, got on TV,  we built a studio and a venue, we started a hip hop program with Blue Scholars and Ab Creole, we knocked down walls, we killed mice, we went camping, we had shows, we made CDs, we did culturally relevant prevention and treatment for Youth of Color in Seattle.  Most importantly, we saw young people grow up into responsible, productive and healthy adults.

Starting in October, WAPI will be searching for a new Executive Director.  Send in your resume’ now if you’re interested.  If you’re looking for a challenge and you care about this community, then you need to apply!

So this is not goodbye.  I will continue to help with Katalyst as a teaching artist and I will consult here and there as needed.  So you will see me around for sure.  But I just wanted to say thank you to all of the people that I’ve crossed paths with during my time here at WAPI.  Whether you were a former WAPI youth, staff, board member, funder, mentor, community partner, or just a good ol’ supporter and donor,  it has been an honor to work with all of you to strengthen this community.

Sincerely,

Greg Garcia


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You’re cordially invited to WAPIFest 2014!

The WAPI Fundraising Committee proudly presents the inaugural WAPIFest!  You are cordially invited to come to a family friendly festival with games, food and activities for kids!

This is a FREE event!

See our Katalyst youth perform original songs from previous Katalyst albums and their own original material, indulge in the culinary delight of the Chopstix Food truck!  Get a piece of Chera’s “hood famous” Ube Cheescake from Food n’ Sh*t!

The WAPIFest also has game booths for adults and kids alike! Win a goldfish from our fishpond or play “Giant Jenga” or “Giant Connect Four”

And best of all support WAPI by smashing Greg, the Executive Director or Jamie the Board President with a pie in the face!

So don’t forget, mark September 21, 2014 in your calendars for WAPIFest!

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