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6 volunteer tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

December 28th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs six more volunteer tutors for the rest of the school year at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge).

Six students are currently on the wait list for a tutor.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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Tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs more tutors at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge). Invest in Youth provides free weekly tutoring services at five Seattle elementary schools from October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

They currently have 12 tutors, but need an additional eight. For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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‘Dance Your Cash Off’ to support the students at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

September 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, our neighborhood’s free tutoring and writing center for kids, is hosting its annual “Dance Your Cash Off” fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. This year’s theme is “Electric Karaoke Boogaloo.”

Dancers must raise at least $50 in donations to be eligible for dancing and prizes.

*Oh yes, there are PRIZES. Registered dancers earn “style points” for costumes, for moves, for great hair, or for great attitude, with top points-havers winning FABULOUS PRIZES. We are amassing a vast array of amazing giveaways including restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, free services, and free stuff from all over Seattle, to be bestowed upon dancers throughout the evening. Plus, GRAND PRIZES include special packages for the highest fundraising team and individual, the team and individual dancer with the most style points, and best karaoke performance!

Our celebrity judges include acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Shelton, powerhouse performer Sarah Rudinoff, actor and impresario Rebecca Mmm Davis, comic El Sanchez, and artist and SubPop receptionist Derek Erdman!

Register yourself or your team online.

And just in case you missed it, BFI and its fundraising storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., recently moved back into headquarters at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. after their building was seriously damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion. The store was closed during those six months and tutoring moved to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Both reopened for business two weeks ago.

Both the store and tutoring center are looking for more volunteers. Check out the info here.

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Bureau of Fearless Ideas ‘People Eating and Giving’ fundraiser April 1

February 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center formerly known as 826 Seattle, is hosting its annual People Eating and Giving fundraiser from 5:30-10 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St.

Special guest is Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, who will sing and answer audience questions. Tickets range from $150 to $300 for VIP.

All proceeds support Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ free programs for children from first grade through high school.

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What do YOU call a resident of Greenwood?

January 13th, 2016 by Doree

Our friends at the neighborhood nonprofit writing and tutoring center The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) are putting together their latest anthology from student and professional writers. “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia” will be published in March, with public readings throughout the spring.

But before they publish it, they asked me a very pressing question: What do you call the residents of Greenwood? Is it Greenwoodians? Greenwooders? Greenwoodites? Or something else?

Oddly, here at PhinneyWood that question has never come up. Residents have many different names for the neighborhood and its different parts — Grinney, Lower Phinney, Phinney Valley, Ballard Alps, Greenhood, Phinney Lake, Green View, and Green Ridge, to name a few — but we’ve never been asked to determine a specific name for the residents therein.

So, dear readers, we’d like you to weigh in. Tell us your preferred name for Greenwood residents, and more importantly, why that term is better than any other. (If you’d rather not comment publicly, you can email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll keep your name private.)

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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

Non-profit Invest in Youth needs volunteer tutors to work with students at Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake, which pulls students from Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Volunteer tutors are needed once a week, starting the first week of October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for an hour once a week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org or contact Alison at aallen@investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? Become a substitute tutor or share this with your friends who might be interested.

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‘Dance Your Cash Off’ to raise money for Bureau of Fearless Ideas literacy programs in Greenwood

May 13th, 2015 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) is hosting its annual Dance Your Cash Off fundraiser for its literacy and tutoring programs at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

The event is from 5:30-11 p.m. on Friday, June 12, at Hale’s Ales Palladium in Fremont, with music by North City Rockers and DJs R-Pal and Lady Jane.

All participants who need a ride home after the fundraising event can get a free ride with Lyft (new Lyft users only).
There are prizes for the team and individual who raise the most money. And the first person or team to raise $1,000 will have that matched by an anonymous BFI board member.

All proceeds from the event help keep Bureau of Fearless Ideas programs free for all students.

Register for DYCO here.

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826 Seattle expanding programs, changing name to The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas

November 12th, 2014 by Doree

The nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is breaking off from the national 826 organization founded by author Dave Eggers and fearlessly charting a new course with a new name.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas will greatly expand its mission and programs, but headquarters remains behind the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

826 Seattle has worked with more than 20,000 children during the last 10 years. The plan for the new Bureau is to open new locations through the city and hopefully beyond, beginning with White Center, to reach thousands more children between the ages of 6 and 18. All programs are free; the organization is supported solely by donations.

“Seattle is an amazing place. We are proud of the work we do here, helping all kinds of kids develop into confident future leaders through the power of expressing and sharing their own ideas and stories. People who can share their own stories and listen to others are not only more effective in their academic and work lives but are also kinder and more understanding people. Our work is to create the next generation of skilled, empathetic leaders,” said Teri Hein, Executive Director of Fearless Ideas and founder of 826 Seattle. “We have huge goals and if the past ten years are any indication, every reason to believe we can reach them. We want to grow deeper roots into our neighborhood of Greenwood, expand into new neighborhoods, create more opportunities to broadcast our students’ work throughout the region and, together with our whole extended team, serve the greater Seattle area while we are making Seattle greater.”

“I know of no organization, academic or otherwise, that is as effective at showing kids that writing brilliant sentences can be nearly as adventurous as walking on the moon,” said iconic Northwest author and long-time board member Tom Robbins.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that the power of words, well-written and well-spoken, can open doors to important opportunities. Our tutoring, writing, and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6 to 18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to share their stories. Programs at each Fearless Ideas center reach into the surrounding neighborhood to involve adults and businesses in helping youth become engaged citizens and confident leaders. All programs are free and open to families from any socio-economic background.

Click here for a PDF of their four-page FAQs about the change. And The Stranger has a great story detailing the change.

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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 29th, 2014 by Doree

Invest in Youth, a nonprofit that provides free tutoring at six Seattle elementary schools, is looking for volunteer tutors for Daniel Bagley Elementary School by Green Lake. Bagley’s attendance area includes portions of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

• 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.

• Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.

• Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today!

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!

Tutoring begins the first week of October and runs through May. Tutoring sessions are from 3:50-4:50 p.m. every Wednesday at Bagley, 7821 Stone Ave. N.

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