stool for spoken word

Words have the power to heal, to break down barriers, and to bring communities closer together.

Knowing this, we’d like to put on our first ever Open-Mic Spoken Word night, on October 8th, 2015. All youth are encouraged to participate and attend, but we specifically want positive, uplifting, and honest submissions. We’re about love, not hate and we welcome all youth who want to share their message and experience. Call or email us with questions.

Karrie ext 20
Teri ext 15

Beat Shop is a 10 week program that engages youth through music creation, production and teaches them about the practicalities of the business. During the 10 week workshop, youth will learn how to make electronic music/beats, use digital software, complete their own music production, market their music and present their finished creation to the other participants and Wapi staff. Interested? Better move fast, space is limited to first come, first served.

Contact Kuddie Fresh @ ext. 20


Katalyst Fall Music Program

Posted: August 21, 2015 in News

katalystmusicFall brings both cooler weather and our new music learning program, run by our prevention coordinator-lead teaching artist and producer extraordinaire, Kuddie Fresh. This ten-week session will teach you the ins and outs of hip-hop, from history to performers, readying you to perform at the end of the session, for fellow students, Wapi staff and adoring fans. The session begins September 18th and runs through end of November. Questions? Talk to Kuddie @extension 20, or drop by Wapi and talk to our staff.


Internship Opportunity

Posted: March 10, 2015 in Employment
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We are currently looking for a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee Intern, someone who’s looking to complete their training hours. Join our team of dedicated, committed counselors. If you want to work with youth of color, in a vibrant, Columbia City location, contact us for job description and details at employment (at) wapiseattle (dot) org.


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!

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!

Don’t forget about the Ube Cheesecake!

Farewell to Greg

Posted: August 27, 2014 in Board, Employment, News

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.

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.


Greg Garcia

Job Opportunity at Wapi

Posted: August 27, 2014 in Employment

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!

New Video about Katalyst

Posted: August 21, 2014 in Katalyst, News

Shout out to the UW School of Social Work students who came by WAPI the other day and interviewed us about Katalyst!