Summer Career-building Opportunities at United Way

Dear Community Partner, 
With summer just around the corner, school is coming to a close. This means two things for the young people in your network and the communities we serve:

  • Families of the 100,000 kids in King County who have counted on free and reduced schools meals will spend roughly $316 more each month to put food on the table. For too many households in your community, this will cause serious financial hardship.
  • United Way of King County is hiring 100 Summer VISTAs to staff Summer Meals sites across your city, and provide free, healthy food and fun programming for all kids and families. For young people seeking summer jobs or launching their careers in non-profit work, this is a great opportunity!

I’m asking you to spend 30 seconds today to help me bridge this gap.  We are actively hiring young people to staff these high-energy sites. Summer VISTAs serve from June 21 – August 26, receive a living stipend and a $1,200 scholarship, and gain professional experience with site partners including the City of Seattle, the YMCA, community agencies and key food banks across King County.
Three Easy Ways to Share this Opportunity:

  1. Just forward this email to individuals, classes or groups you work with.
  2. Refer an individual, program, or department you’d like us to reach out to, or
  3. Take a minute to share our FacebookTwitteror LinkedIn blurb.

I’m also happy to share printed materials or come speak with a class or at an upcoming event – just let me know.

As an alumna of these programs, I launched my career with AmeriCorps and last year’s summer meals program. Thank you in advance for sharing this high-impact opportunity with folks in your community.

Ravenna Napp – Shapiro,

UWKC AmeriCorps Alumni | 

UW Native Outreach – Shades of Purple Registration is Open

The school year is almost over and along with summer vacation that means the University of Washington’s Shades of Purple summer conferences!  Shades of Purple is a workshop for students going into their 12th grade year, but if you have super motivated 10th or 11th graders have them apply as well.  The workshops prepare students for the University of Washington application process, including essays!

Shades of Purple helps take the fear out of applying to UW.  UW admissions counselors lead the workshop and help students reveal their best selves.  At Shades of Purple students will also learn what the University of Washington has to offer them.  This is a great head start to the college application process at the University of Washington. 
Shades seeks to enroll students from a wide range of back grounds especially American Indian and Alaska Native students.  There will be two 2-day workshops offered at the UW Seattle campus and 1 day conferences offered around the state.  There is a conference near you! 

Sign up here: 

Conference Dates:

July        18-19    Seattle

August 15-16      Seattle

July        25           Tacoma

July        25           Bellingham

July        27           Port Angeles

July        27           Vancouver

August  7              Spokane

August  7              Tri-Cities

August  8              Yakima

August  10           Moses Lake

August  10           Wenatchee


If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me at

All the best,


Jim LaRoche (Lower Brule Sioux : Kul Wicasa Oyate)
Admissions Counselor, Native Outreach

Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment (M.O.R.)
Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity

Schmitz Hall|Box 355845
1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle,WA 98195
206.685.3022 |



Everyone into the water this summer!
Schedules for beaches, pools, wading pools and spray parks

Whether you’re a paddler or a swimmer, a wader or a sailor, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has ways for you to get close to – or into – the water all over town: two outdoor pools, eight indoor pools, nine lifeguarded beaches, 20 wading pools, and 10 spray parks. 

Two Outdoor Pools

SPR operates two unique outdoor pools for summer fun. Each offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs and special events. The pools can also be rented for special occasions.

  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708, is open daily May 13 to Sept.10. Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Call the pool to reserve it for your own birthday party or other special event.
  • Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494, opens for the regular season at noon onJune 19 and will remain open until Sept. 4. The pool will also be open on certain pre-season weekends including May 27-29, June 3-4, June 10-11 and June 17-18. Please note we’ll be closed for the Seattle Open Swim Meets July 6, 7, 8, 14, 15. The pool enjoys a spectacular view of Puget Sound from its prime location on the beach in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. It features heated salt water and the Giant Tube Slide!

Eight Indoor Pools

SPR operates eight community indoor pools for year-round fun. Each pool offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs, lap swimming and seasonal events. And you can rent the whole pool for your own special event! More information available here:


SPR offers safe, lifeguarded beaches at nine sites around the city, and we strongly recommend swimming only where lifeguards are present. Summer Beaches are open daily, weather permitting, from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. We offer free beginning swim lessons at every beach every week for kids ages 6 and older–just register at your favorite beach. More information available at

  • Pre-season: These beaches are open from May 27 through June 23 (Weekdays 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-7 p.m.): East Green Lake (7201 E Green Lake Dr. N) and Madrona (853 Lake Washington Blvd.).
  • Summer (10 weeks): These beaches are open from June 24 through Sept. 4: Matthews (9300 51st Ave. NE); Madison (1900 43rd Ave. E); Mt. Baker (2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S); Seward (5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S); West Green Lake (7312 W Green Lake Dr.).
  • Summer (9 weeks): These beaches are open from June 24 through Aug. 27: East Green Lake (7201 E Green Lake Dr. N); Magnuson (park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE); Madrona (853 Lake Washington Blvd.); Pritchard Beach (8400 55th Ave. S).

Wading Pools

Your little ones will love the cool, shallow water and you can cool your own grown-up toes too! We will operate 20 wading pool sites this summer, and there are 10 parks with spray features to enjoy. We open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures, and we update the hotline, 206-684-7796, by 9 a.m. each day to indicate whether we will fill the pools. Please note that the pools take about an hour to fill and drain each day, as required by law. The wading pool schedule is also available online at:

Wading Pools are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be above 70 degrees Wading Pool Hotline 684-7796
Pool Address Dates** Days** Hours**
Beacon Hill** 1902 13th Ave. S 6/28-8/17 Wed/Thurs 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bitter Lake CC 13035 Linden Ave. N 6/27—8/18 Tue*/Wed/Thurs/Fri 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cal Anderson Park 1635 11th Ave. 6/30—8/20 Fri/Sat/Sun 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dahl Playfield 7700 25th Ave. NE 6/27—8/17 Tues/Wed/Thurs 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Delridge CC 4501 Delridge Way SW 6/26—8/20 Mon/Tue/Sat*/Sun 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
E Queen Anne PG 160 Howe St. 6/26—8/20 Mon/Tues/Sun 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
E.C. Hughes PG 2805 SW Holden St. 6/28—8/18 Wed/Thurs/Fri 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gilman PG** 923 NW 54th St. 6/30—8/19 Fri/Sat 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Green Lake Park N 73rd St. & W Green Lake Dr. N 6/24—9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Hiawatha CC 2700 California Ave. SW 6/28—8/19 Wed*/Thurs/Fri/Sat 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park 8600 Fauntleroy Way SW 6/24—9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Magnuson Park** 7400 Sand Point Way NE 6/24—8/27 Daily 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Peppi’s PG** 3233 E Spruce St. 6/26—8/15 Mon/Tue 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Powell Barnett Park 352 Martin Lither King Way 6/24-8/20 Sat/Sun 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Soundview PF 1590 NW 90th St. 6/26—8/20 Mon/Sat/Sun 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
South Park CC 8319 8th Ave. S 6/26—8/17 Mon/Tues/Wed/Thur* 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Van Asselt CC 2820 S Myrtle St. 6/24—9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
   View Ridge PF** 4408 NE 70th St. 6/26-8/20 Mon.Sun 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  Volunteer Park 1400 E Galer St. 6/24 – 9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
   Wallingford PF 4219 Wallingford Ave. N 6/28 – 8/18 Wed/Thurs/Fri 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

*Associated Recreation Council-provided funding to add Tuesday at Bitter Lake, Saturday at Delridge, Wednesday at Hiawatha and Thursday at South Park.

**Wading Pool schedules are subject to change. Beacon Hill, Gilman PG, Peppi’s PG, Magnuson Park, and View Ridge PF wading pools are currently receiving maintenance and we hope to have them up and running in time for summer. Check back at for details.

Water Spray Features

Several Seattle parks have water spray features where you can kick up your heels and cool off. More information:

Spray Park Locations 2017 Spray Park Schedule
Pool Address Area Dates** Days** Hours**
Ballard Commons 5701 22nd Ave. NW NW 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park 3901 Beacon Ave. S SE 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Georgetown Playfield 750 S Homer St. SW 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Highland Park** 1100 SW Cloverdale St. SW 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
John C. Little 6961 37th Ave. S SE 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Lower Judkins 2150 S Norman St. CE 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Miller 330 19th Ave. E CE 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Northacres Park 12800 1st Ave. NE NW 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Pratt Park 1800 S Main St. SE Closed for renovation
South Lake Union Park 860 Terry Ave. N CW 5/27-9/4 Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

**Spray Park schedules are subject to change. Highland Park spray park is currently receiving maintenance and we hope to have it up and running in time for summer. Check back at for details.

** Queer Mountain School ** 

A FREE adventure series to cultivate leadership and build community!

Open to queers and allies, age 14 through 22.
FREE OF COST!  Registration and more information at
Presented by OUT There Adventures & Seattle Parks & Recreation
This program is funded by the Seattle Parks District Recreation for All Initiative.
Welcome to Queer Mountain School! 
OTA is excited to offer the second season of this workshop series to queer young people and allies ages 14 through 22. These workshops are free of cost and no experience is necessary — just the desire to get OUT there! 
·  Join OTA from 10am to 4pm for some high ropes course fun! This event is free of cost and is open to any queer person or ally ages 14 through 22 and their family and friends! No experience necessary, just a desire to get OUT there!
· Join OTA from 11am to 4pm for some kayaking fun! This event is free of cost and is open to any queer person or ally ages 14 through 22! No experience necessary, just a desire to get OUT there!
  • Join us for a challenge hike to the top of Mt. Si plus an introduction to wilderness navigation! This event is FREE and open to queer youth 14 through 22. No experience necessary, just a willingness to get OUT there. Bring water and snacks. OTA will provide lunch*. We will meet at the trailhead parking lot:
  • Can you bake a cake in the woods? Join us for basics in wilderness cooking to find out! This event is FREE and open to queer youth 14 through 22. No experience necessary, just a willingness to get OUT there. OTA will provide snacks and beverages*, plus our backcountry kitchen creations!
  • Join OUT There Adventures and the Seattle Bouldering Project for an afternoon of climbing and community! Come hang OUT with some rad queers and get your climb on! Ages 14 through 22


A number of great jobs are being offered by the City of Seattle, for people ages 16 and up (except for job #3).  

  1.  SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Student Assistant

Sort, alphabetize, and shelve books — a quiet, behind-the-scenes job.  $15.28 per hour, for 12 – 15 hours per week at one of the SPL branches; requires some weekends.  Great for nerds & introverts, though you will need to play up your “customer service” and “people” skills in your interview.  Ask Bean for more details; they work for SPL, too! Apply by April 30th! This application will require a cover letter, a short visit to Karen P. in the main office, and a recommendation from a teacher/coordinator/coach/adult. More info here:

  1.  SEATTLE PARKS & REC Customer Service Agent/Cashier

Greet visitors, process payments, work with the public at local community centers, pools, and recreation centers! MUST love working with people and have at LEAST six months of experience (volunteer or work) as a cashier or in a “customer service environment” (if you’re not sure if this could apply to you, let’s discuss!!).  $17.09 per hour!!  THE BEST for people with previous work experience, who want to make gooooood money this summer.  Apply right away!

  1.  SEATTLE PARKS & REC Wading Pool Attendant (must be 18+)

$15.68 per hour.  Few job requirements, but MUST be able to work with the public (particularly, small children).  MUST be 18 or older.  Apply right away! More information here:

  1. SEATTLE CITY LIGHT High School Fire Brigade Intern

Support fire prevention programs, learn to maintain rescue equipment, and gain behind-the-scenes experience of industrial fire fighting! $15.00 per hour, full-time from July 5 – August 29. Based in Newhalem, WA (Skagit County); will require ability to travel. Awesome for anyone who’s considering apprenticeships and wants to learn more about jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree.  Apply by April 25th! More information here: 

  1.  SEATTLE CITY LIGHT High School Student Intern

Mainly clerical/office work, with the opportunity to do work “in the field” based on your interests.  GREAT for someone that’s interested in making a lot of money this summer, and having solid resume experience in a city job.  $15.00 per hour, full-time hours between July 5 – August 29, Monday through Friday.  Apply by April 25th! More information here:
Bean Yogi (they/them/theirs*)
Post-Secondary Counselor
Nova High School
p: (206) 252-3490


The Nova Project

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