Joining LWSF on July 1st, I realized that while some things quiet down in the summer, our work never sleeps. It began with the announcement of our Reach for Success grant awards and it never stopped!
You helped make possible several Find Your Fit college application preparation workshops this summer. Demand for these classes is high and the waitlist long, as a result we have added two workshops on October 10 and October 28 with more to be scheduled soon.
This summer our Youth Mental Health Taskforce gave way to Balance in Mind, a volunteer team focused on parent education about social-emotional learning. Thanks to funds that our community gave last year, this team is expanding their Youth Mental Health First Aid offerings during the 2019-2020 school year. The first is October 20. Your support has also made possible the "It's Real" resource guide that helps students and families navigate available community services. Balance in Mind and LWSF are also partnered with Overlake Medical Center & Clinics to bring screenings of the anxiety-awareness documentary, Angst, to several LWSD schools this year. Next up is a screening at LWHS on October 22! Check out our social media and PeachJar flyers for details on these and many more offerings from Balance in Mind coming this year thanks to your support.
Within my first weeks, I learned the exciting news that your gifts helped fuel the Pantry Packs summer pilot program to feed students attending summer school! You were able to provide an additional 500 packs on top of the already 25,000 packs distributed last school year. Speaking of Pantry Packs and starting up the current school year, we have been running our Start Strong campaign. So far our generous community has given over $45,000 to feed students this fall. Demand this school year is already high, can you help us feed every student in need? (And a sincere thank you to those who have already donated!)
Please reach out if you have any questions or to discuss opportunities for involvement with LWSF. We do have volunteer opportunities available through the LINKS Lunch Buddy program, Pantry Packs, Kids Coming Together, and our LWSF Ambassador program!
Helen K. Sernett, CFRE
Lake Washington Schools Foundation
Find Your Fit with these two college-prep workshops!
High school seniors, join us on October 10 from 6pm-8pm for a College Application and Essay Workshop! Topics covered:
High school students of all grade levels and parents, join us on October 28 from 6pm-8pm for an Apply to College 101 Workshop! Topics covered:
Both are free to attend, only prior registration required.
Upcoming events with Balance in Mind!
Empower yourself to help a child in need! LWSF is offering a Youth Mental Heath First Aid Certification course to introduce adults to the distinct risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, build understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teach individuals how to help youth who are in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
WHAT: Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 9 AM–6 PM
WHERE: LWSD Resource Center
WHO: Adults 18+
Registration is required, $75 per person, light refreshments provided. Scholarships available, email email@example.com.
A big thank you to our sponsor Overlake Medical Center & Clinics and our partner Lake Washington High School for helping us host a screening of the anxiety-awareness documentary, Angst. Be sure to join us on October 22!
WHAT: Screening of Angst
WHEN: October 22, 6:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Lake Washington High School
WHO: Ages 10+
Free to attend, registration required.
P.S. Have you downloaded our resource guide for students to help point them in the right direction when experiencing a mental health challenge? Print one now and share with a child you care about.
Make a difference in a child's life by becoming a LINKS Lunch Buddy
LWSF is proud to fund and support LINKS, a mentorship program that provides one-on-one attention for a student who may benefit from additional social-emotional support. While the only minimum requirement is an hour a week, the impact on a student can last a lifetime.
"Every year, it’s amazing the amount of positive energy that comes back towards me from the Buddy without asking for it."
--LINKS volunteer Ken Goodwin
Currently, the program has a list of students across several schools who are in line for a mentor. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to be a difference in a child's life or suggest to someone who you believe to be the perfect fit.
October 23, 12pm-2pm at the LWSD Resource Center
Ready to make a difference? Email Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LWSF is searching for Ambassadors!
The school year is in full swing and LWSF is looking for an Ambassador at each school!
Connect with LWSF staff, other community members, and learn about the Ambassador program at our Ambassador Tea on November 15 from 11:30am-12:30pm. Light lunch will be provided.
To RSVP, email Katy@lwsf.org.