Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – December 2022

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Mason County Consortium

  • Free online trainings are offered by the Harborview Abuse & Trauma Center throughout 2023. Designed for social services and mental health providers, topics are related to abuse, violence, trauma, treatment, cultural competency and prevention. For OCVA-Funded programs, these trainings satisfy the requirements for sexual assault and/or crime victims training. Proof of attendance will be provided. Each training session will be held from 10:00 – 11:30 am. All education forums are held on Zoom. Registration info will be announced on our listserv. For more information, contact: [email protected] or check out the printable flyer!
  • Harborview is recruiting for a Patient Services Specialist 2 position. Find more information here!
  • Mason County Public Health and Human Services is offering a community training on overdose prevention, recognition, and response (including using Narcan) at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder Street in Shelton, on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30-7:00 pm. A free Narcan Kit will be available at the end to those who need it (we will cover what to do if Narcan is not available). For more information, please contact Christina Muller-Shinn at 360–463–7949.
  • Mason County is proud to present its Annual Toys for Tots Drive. Families may register children between November 7-December 10, 2022 online! Click apply for toys. In-Person registration will be at: DSHS 2505 Olympic Highway N. Ste 44. Find more information here!

Lewis County Thrives

  • With gracious support from sponsors and grant funding, the Equity Institute organizes two community cultural events each year for the Latino community in greater Lewis County. The Three King’s Day is scheduled for January 7, 2023 and Kid’s Day will be in early June 2023. Both events are at the SW Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis/Centralia. For more information checkout the printable flyer!
  • The goals of these bilingual events are to:
    • Enrich and encourage learning by providing books, toys, and activities for Latino children
    • Showcase on-ramps to resources, organizations and services for adults
    • Celebrate and enjoy the people of greater Lewis County through a family friendly community cultural event
    • Promote public health, wellness and provide opportunities for on-site Covid-19 vaccinations
  • The Department of Public Health and Social Services is recruiting for two Coordinator openings (Youth Mentor Coordinator and Program Coordinator). Also, PSHS is hosting a virtual Youth Advocacy Training Event, on December 7–8 from 5:30–7:30 pm. This two-night training is open to youth groups and individuals for youth to learn skills and gain confidence in using their voice to make change. See the flyer to register or for more details.
  • WSU 4-H Extension offers a Free Kids Cooking Class, Explore 4-H with WSU Extension Turkey Leftovers, on Zoom, Sunday Nov. 27th, 2:00–3:30 pm. Register in advance for this meeting to receive instructions and ingredient lists. Register here!

NEW!! Grays Harbor Consortium

  • Beginning in January 2023, the Grays Harbor Consortium meetings will return, starting January 23 from 10:00–11:30 am, in person and via zoom! If your organization is located within Grays Harbor and you would like to be a part of the consortium, please reach out to any of the following: Lorie Thompson; Oscar Sanchez; Deanna East; or Dannette Molina

Thurston County Partners

  • Providence St. Peter Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center has changed its name to Providence Abuse Intervention Center, effective Monday, Nov. 7. Our location (listed above) and hours (M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm) will not change. If you have any questions regarding our services or would like to learn more about referring a patient, please contact the Center at 360-493-7469.

Capital STEM Alliance

  • Career Connect WA Program Builder Grant News – Round 10 RFP is now open. CCW Program Intermediary Round 10 Timeline & Activities:
    • Proposals Due: December 30, 2022, at 5:00 PM
    • Announcement of Successful Bidders: January 27, 2023
  • Do you have questions about program builder grants? Would you like to learn more about your school, business, or program’s eligibility to apply? Please email Lorie Thompson for more information or support.
  • Washington STEM has a new grant funded project (P20W Data Landscape Project) that includes a focus group of interested organizations. The focus group will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, December 6 from 1:00–2:30 pm. A stipend will be paid to the first 10 participants who attend. Find more information about the project and access the Zoom link for the focus group.
  • Congratulations to Christine Zhang of Olympia High School! The Capital STEM Alliance’s 2022 Washington STEM Rising Star Award winner! Christine uses STEM  in exciting ways to support both her education and community.
  • On November 18, Washington STEM held its first in-person STEM Summit since 2019, at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, to honor high school women of color throughout the state who intend to pursue a STEM career. The awards honor girls who embrace STEM education and who explore STEM in ways that will support their education, career, personal development, and the development and needs of others. This annual statewide effort acknowledges on student, nominated by a wide array of education, community, and business leaders from each of the 11 Washington STEM Network partners/regions. In addition to being honored as their regional Washington STEM Rising Star, online and in the media, awardees receive a $500 stipend, some cool STEM goodies, and personal development/mentorship opportunities.
  • Pacific Education Institute has just a few spots left for the next workshop in its FieldSTEM series. Pacific Education Institute has a library of ELA performance tasks which are full of science content and also a great way to integrate science into your ELA lessons. Join us on December 6 from 4–7 pm for a 3-hour virtual workshop to lean more about these performance tasks and explore our K-12 resource library to see which of these tasks might pair well with existing curriculum. Learn more!
  • Participants who attend will receive 3 STEM clock hours and an opportunity to earn a $50 stipend. Spaces are filling up quickly! Register here!
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington is sponsoring a Medical Careers Tour, on Saturday, December 3, at Multicare Capital Medical Center and includes lunch. Find more details and sign-up information here! If you have any questions, please contact Moriah Chandler directly. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also excited to expand its Career Mentoring and Exploration program to careers in architecture and technology! This mentoring program matches high school students in Thurston County with professionals within a specific career field. Matches meet monthly and follow a specialized curriculum to complete project-based learning. The impact of the Career Mentoring and Exploration program goes beyond the time the student spends with their mentor. Each student will also receive a professional reference and the opportunity to apply for a paid internship and local community college scholarships. Big Brothers has two Career Mentoring and Exploration programs this school year: technology and manufacturing with Naked Prosthetics and architecture with The American Institute of Architects – Southwest, WA.
    Technology and Manufacturing with Naked Prosthetics career mentoring program
  • Career Connect WA Career Prep/Launch Successes and How To’s in Rural Districts and the Rural Development Initiative. Julie Knott, CCW program builder, will share best practices and lessons learned around the planning and writing of Career Connect WA Career Prep and Career Launch grants. In addition, she will share successful grants and programs and discuss her work as a facilitator for the Rural Development Initiatice on the Olympic Peninsula. There will be ample time for questions! The workshop will be held on December 3, 2022, from 3–4 pm. To register, please click on the link below: pdEnroller #148484
  • The Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy is part of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and is a state-run residential (5.5 months) and post-residential (24 months) program for youth 15.5 – 18 years old (must run 16 during class cycle) who have dropped out of high school, are significantly credit deficient, or have other risk factors. The program is FREE for youth residing in Washington State. The WYCA holds two classes each year, starting in January and July. The WCYA still has openings for its January 16, 2023 class. Find more information here!
  • The Capital STEM Alliance is proud to partner with the Bridge Music Project to support barricaded youth discover their songwriting and recording passions. On November 14, the local newspaper, the Olympia, reportated that the Bridge Music Project, led by Bobby Williams, is among the ten finalists for the 2023 Accelerator Awards from the national Lewis Prize for Music. The Bridge Music Project in Thurston County and its leader Bobby William is amount the 10 finalists for the lucrative 2023 Accelerator Awards from the national Lewis Prize for music. Found in 2018 by philanthropist Daniel R. Lewis, the Lewis Prize for Music will award three $500,000 Accelerator Awards. It received 249 applications from organizations in 47 U.S. state and territories this year. The awards go to organizations that combine positive youth development with artistic development “in settings that center racial equity, youth voice, and collective action,” a news release announcing the finalist says.
  • The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is hosting the Capital Region’s annual Regional Economic Forecast and Innovation Expo, on Thursday, December 1 from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. A full agenda, with breakout sessions and plenty of resources will be available. For more information or to register for the event, please click here!