Lasting Change Blog

August 25, 2014

For many Seattle teenagers, the short months of summer tend to be filled with trips to the beach, hanging out with friends, and sleeping in. However, for a group of Seattle teens participating in the Seattle Youth Employment Programs’ Summer Program (SYEP), this was a summer to give back to their community and gain some professional work experience.  Here at Wellspring, we were fortunate to have several of these teen participants volunteer in our Baby Boutique and at our front desk for an opportunity to learn develop their professional skills. At the end of their summer program, we had a chance to sit down with Jiu Yiang, Kate, Hamza, Romari, and Mohammad to learn about their experiences.

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August 12, 2014

For many students, back-to-school represents the opportunity to start a new academic year fresh, excited, and ready to learn. However, for mother-of-two Jade, it used to fill her with anxiety. "My oldest daughter started kindergarten last year," Jade notes. "She needed so many supplies: notebooks for reading, notebooks for writing, glue sticks for was such a long list of supplies that I knew we wouldn't be able to buy them on our own."

Without any reliable income at the time, Jade knew she would be unable to buy all the supplies that her daughter needed to attend school prepared, and worried that her daughter would start her first year of public school already behind her peers. Fortunately, with a last-minute internship at Wellspring and acceptance to our...

July 14, 2014

For children and families experiencing crisis, back to school can be a difficult time of the year. In King County alone, more than 700 school-aged kids struggle with homelessness, and getting the support they need to succeed at school. With a large amount of requested school supplies and the desire to start school prepared, students in crisis often struggle to start off the academic year on a positive note.

Especially for families with young elementary-aged children, required supplies for school can cost nearly $100, an amount that often forces families to prioritize their limited funds in favor of more immediate needs such as food or housing. “For kindergarten, they asked for so many things,” Erika, a former client and current volunteer explains. “Wellspring was a good place to get all of the supplies we needed.”

Here at Wellspring, we...

July 14, 2014

Many parents long-aspire to motivate their children to be more philanthropic, but struggle to find opportunities for them to make a difference in their community at a young age. For Seattle mom Christina Stemley, discovering Wellspring’s Kids Helping Kids child philanthropy program (KHK) made all the difference. “I wanted to find somewhere I could volunteer while having a small child with me,” Christina explains. “Then I found Wellspring’s KHK program and I thought, this is even better, this is an opportunity for kids to help others.” 

After discovering KHK, the next difficult step was explaining to her then-five-year-old daughter Emma about the importance of getting involved. “I explained that other children don’t all have houses to live in, pets to love,...

July 3, 2014

Do you notice that your child spends less time outdoors, rarely gets together with friends, or has difficulty concentrating long enough to write a school paper? Do family members spend most of their time at home in separate rooms interacting with screens? These may be signs of digital overload.

In October 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement calling on parents to limit their children’s access to electronic and digital media to no more than one or two hours per day. Only two hours a day…impossible, you say? Try these 12 steps to digital media relief:

  1. Make a plan. This may seem obvious, but most parents don’t think through how much time they want their children to use electronic media.
  2. If you live in a two-parent household, sit down with your spouse or partner and decide together on what...
July 1, 2014

With more than 90 years of dedicated volunteerism and leadership, Junior League of Seattle (JLS) has been an instrumental community advocate and nonprofit supporter. We (W) were fortunate to discuss the importance of nonprofit collaboration and the impact of JLS in our community with current JL President, Megan Isenhower (MI) to learn more.