VOLUME 28 NO. 10 | FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 6, 2009

Calling for Japanese and Chinese artists

Last updated 2-26-09 at 3:12 p.m.

The Burke Museum in Seattle has been looking for artwork from contemporary artists in connection with an exhibition reflecting the spirit of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific-Exposition (AYPE).

Though the deadline has passed, the museum would consider submissions from Chinese and Japanese artists if the work will reach the museum before March 4.

The artworks that have been submitted so far include graphics, objects, videos, poetry, and performances. Many of them have implicated messages such as anger, sadness, and resilience, emotions that grow out of suppression and exploitation. (end)

For more information about AYPE and the roles of the Chinese/Japanese in the expo, visit www.cinarc.org/AYPE.html or e-mail Chuimei Ho at cmho@cinarc.org.

Better recycling coming to Seattle

Last updated 2-26-09 at 3:14 p.m.

By popular demand, better recycling is coming to Seattle on March 30, with a host of changes:
- All food scraps, including meat, fish, bones, shells, and dairy products, can go in the food- and yard-waste cart.
- There will be more food- and yard- waste cart sizes to choose from, including 13-, 32-, and 96-gallon options.
- Weekly food and yard waste collection for all single-family households. Organics were previously collected every other week.
- Electronics, used motor oil, and bulky items can be collected through special services.
- Glass bottles and jars go in the recycling cart — no more separating.
- More paper, plastic, and metal items may be recycled, including cups, deli trays, aluminum foil, and plastic plant pots.

There will be a new collection day for most households. These improvements were made possible by new solid waste contracts that were approved by the Seattle City Council last year. Seattle’s goal is to divert 60 percent of all its generated waste to recycling or composting by 2012. Currently, the city diverts 48.4 percent of its waste.

In March, Seattle Public Utilities will launch a public education campaign on the new changes. Recycling guidelines and collection calendars will be mailed to businesses and residents, and customers with new collection days will have that information taped to their garbage containers.

The guides will be available upon request by calling 206-684-3000. They come in 14 languages: Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Cambodian, Amharic, Somali, Oromo, Tigrinya, Laotian, Thai, Spanish, English, and Russian. (end)

Santos aim at achievement gap with WASL bill

Last updated 2-26-09 at 3:14 p.m.

The test known as the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) will no longer stand between high school students and their diplomas if legislation sponsored by Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D – Seattle) is successful.

On Feb. 4, Santos testified before the House Education Committee on why her bill would encourage more students to stay in school instead of dropping out. She was very clear that the bill would not eliminate the WASL.

“It eliminates the high stakes nature of the test — something that only serves to hurt our students, not help them,” Santos said.

Santos participated in the WASL Work Group, a group of state representatives and senators who have spent the past year reviewing the WASL and drafting recommendations on how to improve it. They presented their recommendations to the Legislature in January.

One of the major concerns Santos has about students having to pass the WASL as a graduation requirement is that a disproportionate number of students of color and special needs students do not successfully pass the test. Data from the class of 2008 revealed further evidence of this “achievement gap.”  

In order to ensure that these particular students’ needs are factored into any WASL revisions, Santos pushed to include specifically targeted language in the work group’s recommendations. 

Santos’ bill has 14 House co-sponsors signed onto it.  A companion bill sponsored by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe is being considered in the Senate as well.  Both bills have now had a public hearing. The Senate bill was moved by executive action to the Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 9. (end)

Program to help nonprofit leaders accepting applicants

Last updated 2-26-09 at 3:15 p.m.

The Executive Development Institute (EDI), a nonprofit agency, has worked for 15 years to reduce barriers and equip Asians, Pacific Islander Americans and — for the first time in 2009 — Hispanics with tools to succeed as leaders. 

EDI’s foundational eight-month program, Leadership Discovery, is for emerging leaders. There are two programs in Puget Sound that host up to 25 professionals.

Interested candidates should be an emerging Asian Pacific leader working in a nonprofit agency with a strong desire to move into senior leadership roles. Candidates need to have demonstrated success in making a difference in the lives of constituents served as well as have a financial need or limitation of nonprofit for funding tuition.

Leadership Discovery will kick off on April 1. The grant from the Tateuchi Foundation is $3,500, which covers the full cost of tuition. (end)

For more information, or to apply, visit www.ediorg.org. The application deadline has been extended to March 13.

Nonprofit looking for volunteer with experience in design

Last updated 2-26-09 at 3:16 p.m.

Helping Link is looking for a volunteer to assist in putting out its biannual newsletter. The next newsletter is slated to go out in the next few months. Ideally, Helping Link is looking for someone with a background in graphic design.
Helping Link is a local nonprofit establishment dedicated to helping Vietnamese refugees and immigrants adjust to life in the United States through social services, English classes, and technical classes. (end)

For more information, or to inquire about volunteer work, contact executive director Minh-Duc Pham at helpinglink2003@gmail.com.

API seniors to benefit from economic stimulus bill

Last updated 2-26-09 at 3:16 p.m.

More API seniors will get the chance to participate in a national job training program, thanks to the recent signing of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), for those 55 and older, will receive $120 million to go toward increasing the number of training slots available for low-income seniors nationwide.

“It is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” said National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) President and CEO Clayton Fong. “Seniors get the job training they need to eventually find full-time jobs. Nonprofit host agencies also get the benefit of having extremely hard working participants train with them and the satisfaction of knowing they are helping those senior participants during this tough economic time.”

A part-time, subsidized training program sponsored by the Department of Labor, NAPCA’s SCSEP program focuses on participants who likely have limited English -speaking abilities, are literacy-skills deficient, and were born in another country. Without a program like this one, they would not have the opportunities to advance in society.

For those 55 years or older and interested in participating in the SCSEP program, or for those who know of a nonprofit organization that could use the help of a senior and provide work experience and training, contact NAPCA’s helpline numbers. (end)
English: 1-800-336-2722                    
Chinese: 1-800-582-4218
Korean: 1-800-582-4259                    
Vietnamese: 1-800-582-4336
For more information on NAPCA’s SCSEP program, contact Director of Communications and Outreach Derek Wing at 206-838-8168 or Derek@napca.org.


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