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!
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.
Please spread the word! WAPI is hiring for a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) or CDP Trainee to do drug and alcohol assessments at Superior Court as part of the Juvenile Justice Assessment Team. Click here to see the job posting.
The webpage for WAPIFest 2014 is now active! Find out more about our event and purchase pre-sale tickets at a discounted rate!
Shout out to the UW School of Social Work students who came by WAPI the other day and interviewed us about Katalyst!
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!
Shout Out to @PurpleReels for the video of the Stop The Violence youth showcase WAPI had in June 21. For those of you who missed the event, check out what the youth had to say… #StopTheViolence #BulletsHaveNoNames
Thanks to all of you who came out last night for #BulletsHaveNoNames.
As the hashtag suggests, the youth of Katalyst wanted to address the recent violence happening in the community. At our Katalyst meetings, youth were reporting their own stories of friends getting shot, hearing gunshots near their homes and seeing violence happen right in front of them.
The “Bullets Have No Names” showcase was the youth’s positive response to the violence and an opportunity for young people in the community to express themselves in a safe space.
Shout out to the Katalyst youth who put together a great show. Respect to the show sponsors, the SE Seattle PEACE Coalition and the City of Seattle’s YouthArts program! Check us out on Instagram (@wapi206) for pics and video from the show! Our Instagram account is linked to this website on the sidebar.
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