Angeles Solis at a Foundation for Healthy Generations event in Rainier Beach. (Photo by Esmy Jimenez)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Angeles Solis

Organizing is personal for Eastern Washington transplant Angeles Solis, who's been trailblazing her way through in Seattle’s labor rights scene.
Jun 13, 2016
Rainier Valley Corps grant recipients at a special awards ceremony on May 14 at The Hillman City Collaboratory. Pictured: Sahra Farah of Somali Community Services of Seattle (second from the left), Sheila Burrus of Filipino Community Center, (third from the left), James Hong  of Southeast Seattle Education Coalition/Vietnamese Friendship Association (fourth from the left), Mo! Avery of Got Green? (fifth from the left), Ethiopia Alemneh Ethiopian Community Center (second from the right), and Amy Pak of Families of Color Seattle (far right). 

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Rainier Valley Corps fellowships aim to foster nonprofit leaders of color

Rainier Valley Corps localizes an AmeriCorps-like service model, adds more salary and a culturally relevant curriculum.
Jun 4, 2015
Sahra Farah, Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Sahra Farah

A Somali American pioneer challenges her community
Apr 16, 2015
Quincy Briscoe, during last year's charity bike ride from Florida to California. (Photo by Christopher Briscoe)

Teen’s trans-continental bike ride for Cambodia passes through WA

A young Oregonian college student is crisscrossing the continent on a bicycle to raise money for education in Cambodia.
Jun 20, 2013
A Pangea Giving member meets with a community organization in Burma. (Photo courtesy Pangea)

Want to launch a global nonprofit? Partnerships are the key

Many Seattleites are inspired to do good overseas. But making a real impact means recognizing your limitations and identifying potential partners whose work you can support. 
Jun 17, 2013
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Travelers’ tips for interacting with kids in the developing world

Meeting local children is often a memorable part of a visit to the developing world. But the line between helping and hurting can be tricky to navigate.
Mar 21, 2013
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Rethinking study abroad, diverse youth travel to China and Middle East

Study abroad is a defining experience for many high school and college students. But often the students who have access to those programs are white and upper/middle class. One Seattle program hopes to change that. 
Feb 6, 2013
The Memelo siblings, recent immigrants from Kenya, represent what recruiters hope will be a new face of the US military. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

New NW immigrants bring diversity to military ranks

Turns out you don’t pack much for boot camp. When I asked Belindah Mumelo if I could hang out with her while she prepared to head off for basic training this week, I imagined huge duffel bags stuffed with gear. Instead, she showed me a backpack the size of a school bag, full of white […]
Nov 16, 2012
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Hip Hop school is saving grace for Colombian students

In Medellin, Colombia, the call to violence, prostitution and gang activity can be overwhelming for youth with limited options after school. The Eskeula 4 Elementos is a sanctuary in the middle of it all, offering lessons on hip hop, rap, DJing and graffiti art.   Seattle journalist Christan Leonard reports from South America. 
Sep 10, 2012
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Global women’s rights supporters buzz off hair in Bald Solidarity

She saw it all roll down on the floor of her office building with a mere stroke of a roaring electric shaver. With her head peaking out of a draped trash bag that worked as a hair-cutting cape, Hannah Perls saw her long, brown hair all gone in less than five minutes. Perls shaved her […]
Aug 20, 2012
International students in last years World Affairs Council programs bond during a break from their busy program schedule (Photo courtesy World Affairs Council)

World Affairs Council seeking host families for international students this summer

Traveling abroad can mean adventure, challenging life lessons, and the chance to kindle friendships across cultural barriers. But it’s not the only way to have an international experience this summer. The World Affairs Council is seeking hosts families for four State Department-sponsored youth programs, bringing students from Mexico, Zambia, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle […]
Jul 19, 2012
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UW Professor seeds social change in Cambodia

Cambodia still suffers from the horrific Khmer Rouge rule of the late Seventies. The entire population was forced into the countryside, and the educated, professionals, and minorities were targeted for execution. Thousands more died from starvation and illness. Nearly two million people, a quarter of the country’s population, died in that time. When the Vietnamese […]
Mar 26, 2012
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Want to work overseas?: Quick tips on taking your career global

Do you dream of living or working abroad, but don’t know how to get there? A panel of globally-connected communications professionals took on the topic and shared some inside advice on Monday, as part of the UW Department of Communication’s Professional Development Month. If you didn’t make it to the event, no need to fret. Below, […]
Jan 27, 2012
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DREAM activist facing deportation speaks out on MLK Day

Update 1/19: An Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency spokeswoman has given this statement to the Globalist: “At this time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reviewing Mr. Okere’s case to determine the appropriate next steps.” This means, she clarified, that ICE has not decided to deport Okere as of yet. Around 1000 people gathered […]
Jan 17, 2012
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5 questions for Water 1st, Seattle’s million-dollar water NGO

The Northwest is a hub for what has been variously called the nonprofit-industrial complex or aid-industrial complex. The multi-billion dollar Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is just opened a huge new campus across from Seattle Center. From Federal Way, the evangelical behemoth World Vision coordinates its operations around the world. The health group PATH works […]
Jan 10, 2012
Homeless Typhoon Washi survivors cook their meal on school grounds in Cagayan de Oro

Seattle Filipinos take a community-to-community approach to disaster relief

Tropical storms and flooding in the Philippines have killed 1,500 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more in recent weeks. The United Nations issued a desperate appeal for nearly $30 million in relief funds late last month. Last Thursday BAYAN-NW, the Filipino Community of Seattle, and the Ihaw Ihaw Band responded to the crisis, holding […]
Jan 6, 2012