Migrant and Bilingual Education Programs
All children in Washington State have the right to a public education, grades kindergarten to 12, up through age 21. Students may qualify for additional support through the Migrant or Bilingual Education Programs if: A language other than English is spoken at home. The family has recently moved for agriculture or fishing work.
Watch this video to learn about the rich history of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
LATINOS: The Changing Face of Washington
This is the teaser for the one hour KCTS 9 documentary that examines the history of Latinos in Washington state, their dramatic population growth and the impact in politics, education, immigration and entrepreneurship in the state.
Become an advocate for Washington's Hispanic Communities Your tax deductible contribution will support our advocacy work in the following areas:
- CHA's Spanish Language Outreach Radio Program, "Conozca su Gobierno con Uriel Iñiguez
- Washington State Latino/Hispanic Assessment Report
- Leading Change Through Advocacy
Mr. Iñiguez was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire as Executive Director of the Commission on Hispanic Affairs on June 2005, and reappointed by Governor Inslee on January 2013.Read More
Race, Equity and Social Justice: Addressing the Realities of Youth and Families of Color
April 9, 2015 12:00 AMHighline Community College - Mt. Olympus RoomWorkshop
Who should attend this workshop? Anyone working with youth!
What role should youth-serving organizations and schools play in creating racial equity and social justice in the communities we serve? In a post-Ferguson world, our young people are increasingly conscious of the role race plays in their lives. Youth-serving organizations have the potential to help youth navigate the world around them and to change that world so that it is more supportive to those youth. This workshop will help participants explore approaches to creating racial equity and social justice for youth, and their community.
Participants can expect:
To deepen their understanding of how race and culture impact the experiences of the youth we serve, their
families and their communities.
To learn strategies for productively addressing implicit bias and systemic inequality.
To receive guidance and support for making changes within your organization that will lead to more effective approaches to building racial equity and social justice.
To sustain change efforts after the completion of the workshop, all participants will be invited to join in monthly webinars facilitated by the workshop presenters.
About the Trainers: Graig Meyer was the Director of the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate for sixteen years. Serving a population made up entirely of students of color, Blue Ribbon has a 97.5% high school graduation rate and 100% of the program’s graduates have enrolled in post-secondary education. Graig has been recognized with numerous awards for his leadership on creating racial equity.
Jamie Almanzán is a former teacher currently working as an Equity Leadership Coach. He has focused his career on working with school and district teams to create more equitable learning environments incorporating observation, collaboration, and changing instruction to best meet the needs of underserved populations, particularly African American and Latino students. Based in Berkeley, California, Jamie leads profes-sional learning and coaches in a wide range of schools and districts across the nation.
For more information contact:
Pamila Gant| Outreach Officer
Mentoring Works Washington
Youth Opportunity Summit
April 11, 2015 08:30 AM / 04:30 PMRainier Beach High SchoolCommunity Events / Conference
Mayor Murray is convening an all-day Youth Opportunity Summit, with a particular focus on improving outcomes for young men of color. This Summit is intended to launch a new conversation about how we can build on the good work of our community partners through better alignment of resources, better coordination across systems and agencies, and through lifting up the voices of young people to address longstanding disparities.
Caravana 43 - Parents of 43 students kidnapped in Mexico to arrive in Olympia
OLYMPIA (March 26, 2015) — Caravana 43, a group representing the parents of the 43 students kidnapped in late September 2014 in Guerrero, Mexico, will arrive in Olympia to speak to about their children’s experiences and about the human rights violations occurring in Mexico. All are invited to attend their events on Tuesday, April 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council office, 906 Columbia St. SW #300, and Wednesday, April 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Long House at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW. (Download the Olympia events.)
The group also plans events in Seattle on April 16-18 and in Yakima on April 19-21. Details on those events will be available later. (Check back here.)
The Caravana 43 events in Olympia are part of a U.S. speaking tour in cities across the country in churches, universities, community organizations, and labor unions about the events of Sept. 26, 2014, when police and gangsters killed six, wounded 25, and kidnapped 43 students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College. The parents have continued to demand that their children be returned to them “alive as they were when they were taken.”
Photos of the students’ faces, carried on placards in demonstrations throughout Mexico and in other countries, have become international symbols of the tens of thousands of forced disappearances and more than 100,000 killings in Mexico since 2006.
“The invitation of people of the United States to share our struggle is very timely since our plan is to travel to Central and South America and to Europe from where we have already received more invitations,” said Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, a representative of the Ayotzinapa group. “It is important that both citizens and government leaders of other countries are aware of the injustices in Mexico and the international community see what is the globalization of repression.”
The parents plan to take their case to the Inter-American Commission, Amnesty International, and the United Nations. Amnesty International and many other human rights organizations, as well as the U.S. State Department, have for years found Mexico to be violating human rights through arbitrary arrests, torture, and extrajudicial killing.
Organizers of the national caravan hope that the parents’ presentations will not only educate the American people about the human rights violations taking place in Mexico, but also lead American citizens and representatives to consider the hundreds of millions of dollars that the United States provides to Mexico through Plan Mérida for military equipment which has been used by the army and the police against Mexican citizens in violation of their rights.