Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – October/November 2021

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County Events: Regional Alliance for Youth (RALLY)

Lewis County

  • Cascade Community Health Care – Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Cascade Community Healthcare will be hosting its 8th Annual Legislative and Governmental Forum
    Link: 2021 Save the Date
  • Unite Us – I would love to share more about Unite Us and the Washington Network with you and your organizations to help support our community members who need us! The next step is to see a demonstration of the platform to tie it all together. Here are two easy ways to connect with me and learn more: Schedule a meeting with me using my personal calendar or email me at [email protected] and register for our upcoming Information Session 11/2 at 10:00 a.m.

Mason County

  • Mason County Public Health Dept. in Partnership with the American Lung Association presents a free virtual learning event: VAPING – What you need to know. Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 10:00-11:00 am., and on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event is designed to help parents and professionals identify VAPE health risks, promotion methods, and local data. To register, click on this link: VAPE Presentation (
    • Also, Mason County PH has partnered with the University of Washington to support suicide prevention efforts through Forefront – Forefront Suicide Prevention is a Center of Excellence at the University of Washington focused on reducing suicide by empowering individuals and communities to take sustainable action, championing systemic change, and restoring hope. Link to website:
  • Community Youth Services (CYS) Updates:
    • The Transition Age (TAY) Youth WISe program at Community Youth Services (CYS) serving Medicaid eligible youth ages 15 to 20 has openings. This youth-guided intensive program uses a hybrid model that includes in-person and a tele-health solution. Program Contact: 360-918-7860 or [email protected].
    • The Multisystemic Therapy (MST) WISe program at CYS for youth ages 12-17 not only supports the youth, but also helps the family. Since starting MST at CYS in 2013, MST has effectively helped 86% of the families served with ensuring they have parenting skills to handle future issues; 86% of families with having improved family relationships and 89% of families with improving their network of supports. We are continuing to use a hybrid approach of offering in-person and telehealth sessions during the pandemic. Program Contact: Tricia Wiltse 360-918-7889 or [email protected].
    • Catholic Community Services (CCS) is seeing youth and families in person as frequently as possible, depending on the current COVID safety directives for the agency and Washington state. We are working to add two additional teams to serve WISe families and we anticipate being able to increase the number of families once these new staff are hired and fully trained. Our peers have been engaged in an intensive training for the last six months. We’re very excited about the new learning, which is focused on keeping family voice at the center of their WISe intervention. We have also added youth peers for WISe youth 12 and over and by request for younger children. Program Contact: Heidi Williams 360-791-0785 email: [email protected], or Direct link to WISe on the web with a downloadable referral form or call Donna at 360-790-7505.

Lewis County

  • New Canvas Course offered – Voices of Hope (Jan 31, 2021 – Feb. 2, 2022). Come to this BRAND-NEW 3-day class offering and leave with the following:
    • An NTC Project GLAD® unit with technology connections
    • Science investigations supporting NTC GLAD® input charts
    • An amazing action plan that empowers students to make changes, helping our planet
    • The first EVER Project GLAD® unit that is Open Educational Resource (OER)
    • All the materials to teach it-Picture File Cards, Observation Charts, Big Book, & more!

Designed for 4th-7th grade classrooms however many grade levels could benefit from its powerful strategies and message. NTC Project GLAD® Tier I trained PREFERRED. THIS EVENT IS FULLY FUNDED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE CLIMATE SCIENCE PROVISO. PD Enroller link:

  • New Canvas Course offered – School Community Action around Climate Change (Nov. 6, 2021 – Mar. 24, 2022). Come learn with EarthGen, formerly known as Washington Green Schools, in this virtual professional development opportunity designed for teachers in ESD 113. Through asynchronous and synchronous learning, participants will have a chance to authentically engage with activities and experts as they grow their understanding how climate change has and will impact their community.
  • Teachers will participate virtually in a Climate Action Simulation Game, as developed by Climate Interactive, to simulate an emergency climate summit organized by the United Nations. Following the game, teachers will explore local examples of effective climate action and learn from professionals in their region who are doing work to combat climate change. Teachers are expected to build a plan, make modifications from their colleague’s feedback and implementation. Teachers will receive a stipend from EarthGen upon completion of the entire 15 hour STEM Seminar experience.

STEM and Career Connected Learning Resources and Events

  • Capital STEM Alliance Annual Legislative Breakfast – held October 13, 2021. Event materials are below:

  • Congratulations to Pacific Education Institute (PEI) on receiving a Round 7 CCW Intermediary grant! PEI will build career preparation and launch programs in Natural Resources and Forestry.
  • Rayonier Expands High School ‘Careers in Natural Resources & Forestry’ Program in 2021It all started with an aerial photo. Rayonier Engineering Manager Mark Smalley was looking at an image of an active forest unit due to be harvested when he noticed that it was adjacent to a sports field. “That’s when it clicked,” he says. “Wishkah High School was right next to the area we were going to cut.” Students could simply walk next door for a field trip to learn about how Rayonier manages forests.At least, that was the idea. Two years later, 27 students from four local high schools are participating in worksite visits to Rayonier land to learn about everything from harvest site layout and permitting to fish surveys, drone use in forestry, road building and tree planting. What began with a phone call to PEI’s Coastal FieldSTEM Coordinator Julie Tennis has turned into an ongoing program that gains momentum as word spreads throughout the community. Tennis immediately put Smalley in touch with Grays Harbor Youth Works (GHYW), a nonprofit that provides career-connected learning experiences to youth throughout the county.The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the program’s start until January 2021. Once talks started, Smalley was surprised by the enthusiastic response from the school district and his co-workers. “I thought, ‘Students will come out for a field trip, and we’ll show them a few things and that will be it,’” he recalls. ‘But as soon as we talked to the school, they said, ‘We’d like to do a field trip every week.’”When he floated the idea to his coworkers, they were all in. Fourteen Rayonier employees signed up to lead different field trips and then they invited contractors like road builders, loggers and fisheries biologists to get involved. “My little germ of an idea was pretty small, but once everyone got a hold of it, they became pretty excited,” Smalley says.Students have also responded positively. As one teacher from Lake Quinault High School shared, ‘The kids learned so much and had a great day. You guys were amazing, and they are so excited for the next trip! We talked forestry the whole way home.” GHYW Executive Director Cheryl Brown has noticed that participating students have been asking great questions because they’re engaged.

    This year, in addition to providing forestry career-connected learning opportunities, GHYW added one video marketing internship for each high school. Now, instead of an adult staff member filming the worksite tours, the video intern does. “Not only are they filming everything, they’re getting exposed to natural resources careers,” says Brown. “By the time the kids finish with this, they could potentially get a job in digital marketing with one of the bigger companies.”

    The program shows no sign of slowing, even with the pandemic. Smalley is happy to see how much his idea has already grown and looking forward to where it can go. “Rayonier needs to do more workforce development and students need to know what job potentials exist,” he says. “This is a great way to introduce students to a wide range of possibilities in the forest industry.”

  • Cybersecurity Summit – Centralia Community Foundation (October 26, 2021, 9:00-12:00): Almost everything we do connects to the internet in some way, but our line of defense against possible cyber threats is limited due to a lack of cybersecurity professionals. Are you interested in learning how a cybersecurity professional can protect your business? Are you wondering how you can become a cybersecurity professional? Learn from the experts and discover more about an exciting career or about how you can protect yourself, your business, and loved ones. Please join us for a free informational program focused on our region. Event will be held at the Centralia Train Station Event Room, 210 Railroad Ave, Centralia, WA 98531. Link to event:
  • Olympia Timberland Library has been selected for national [email protected] My Library STEAM programming initiative – Olympia Timberland Library has been selected through a competitive application process to be part of [email protected] My Library, an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. As a [email protected] My Library Partner, staff will hold public programs that explore NASA science and technology, specifically around NASA’s newest next-generation telescope launch (fall 2021), the first telescope images (spring 2022), and as part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (summer 2022). More information, including a program schedule, will be available in the coming months at These resources, along with support by the [email protected] My Library team, will enable staff to conduct NASA STEAM programming and activities. [email protected] My Library will create compelling learning experiences sharing the story, science and adventure of NASA’s scientific explorations of planet Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond.
    • Latinx Youth Summit provides Latinx high school students from Thruston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, and Grays Harbor County the opportunity to learn about post-secondary education pathways, celebrate their multi-cultural heritage, and positively focus on their future. Hispanic Roundtable is thrilled to present the 19th Annual Latinx Youth Summit. Hosting duties, in partnership with HRT, rotate between 5 major colleges across our 5 county regions; SPSCC, Grays Harbor CC, Saint Martin’s University, The Evergreen State College, and Centralia College. We are grateful for this year’s virtual LYS to be hosted by Centralia College, for the second year in a row. Timberland Regional Library is proud of their 18 year partnership with the Hispanic Roundtable and Latinx Youth Summit. This year’s event will feature dynamic speakers including: Centralia College Student body president, a panel of past LYS participants speaking on life post-high school, and an interactive presentation from Dance Warriors. Students will also attend two expert presented workshops: How to Apply for College and How to Pay for College. All registrations will receive a list of contacts and mentors with expertise in admissions, financial aid, internships, work training, and community advocacy. Learn more and register here!
  • Washington STEM – The 1oth annual Washington STEM Summit ( will digitally bring together 250+ business, education, and community leaders who are motivated and equipped to support our mission to leverage STEM for social change, remove barriers to credential attainment, and create pathways to long-term economic security for systemically underserved students.The STEM Summit is an invite-only event that will include engaging breakout sessions focused on our two program areas: Early Learning and Career Pathways. Attendance at the Washington STEM Summit is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Megan Nadan.