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Seattle Parks and Recreation Partners with The Silent War Campaign to Increase Volunteer Engagement

Seattle Parks and Recreation, South Shore K-8 and The Silent War Campaign invite the community to a volunteer rally at South Shore K-8 School on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. South Shore K-8 School is located at 4800 South Henderson Street, Seattle, WA 98118.

At this event the community can learn about volunteer opportunities that support and mentor youth in southeast Seattle and learn the steps to get involved.  Opportunities range from assisting with Seattle Parks and Recreation Late Night programs to volunteering for after school homework help to actively engaging community youth through civic leadership. This effort will provide avenues for volunteers to become active participants and informed about safety in their community. 

 “The vision is to create a sense of community through civic engagement using recreation as a primary focus,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “This is a great opportunity to get involved if you are interested in volunteering with youth.”

Seattle Parks’ Late Night programs provide a safe, supervised, environment for teens ages 13-19 to socialize with friends, interact with staff and participate in a variety of formal and informal recreation and learning opportunities.

The Silent War Campaign is an organized response to break the silence against violence crimes that affect our communities.  In 1999 the Silent War Campaign began convening focus groups to study blacks’ attitudes toward violence within their midst.

For information on how Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Violence program please call Jeron A. Gates, Sr. Program Coordinator, at 206-255-4051 or email Jeron.Gates@seattle.gov.