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Orion Center: Seattle YouthCare

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2500 NE 54th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.694.4500
Fax: 206.694.4509
Toll Free: 800.495.7802

Employment Training

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Preparing Youth for Life after Homelessness

When homeless youth receive employment training along with education, their chances of success increase dramatically.

Most of these young men and women have little work experience and few of the skills employers are looking for. They lack confidence and are often ill-prepared to get along in the workplace. Getting them out of homelessness is only a start: they need to acquire the tools that build a future.

Our employment training programs provide these tools. We have an 88% completion rate, unusually high for programs serving this population.

Youth earn minimum wage while gaining transferable skills, even professional certification, and an opportunity to get used to working environments.

We help them develop a resume, practice interviewing, and conduct job searches. All our employment programs require participants to work toward their GED or high school diploma, and include case management and housing support.

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Subscribe to Seattle Central Community College Campus Alerts

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About the Alert System

Seattle Community Colleges students and staff members can sign up to receive text message and email alerts in case of a campus emergency or unplanned closure. Log in using your College SID and PIN to designate a cell phone number (for text message alerts) or the email address you’d like to use to receive alerts. You may use more than one number or email address. Alerts to staff members will go to the college email by default, and others can be added. The Seattle Community Colleges Alerts system will make a best effort to send messages if there is an emergency that causes the campus to close unexpectedly or if there is an incident that may pose a safety concern for the community.


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New Captain Edwards ready to walk the beat in East Precinct

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:05 am by jseattle

With a new mayor unveiling a hand-picked cast of characters at City Hall and heads rolling among SPD’s top brass as an interim chief hopes to hang onto his job by proving Seattle policing reforms are taking hold, the East Precinct has made a quieter change at the top.


A 33-year veteran of the force, Captain Mike Edwards now leads the precinct covering Capitol Hill and the Central District replacing Captain Ron Wilson who has retired after his own 37 years as a police in Seattle.


CHS found out about Wilson’s sudden departure and the change Tuesday morning when we noticed two SPD officers on foot patrol walking E Pike and had a brief chat. The foot beat is a short term “emphasis patrol” we’re told, but it could be the kind of popular development for the department Edwards will be perfectly timed to take credit for. We’d say go for it, by the way — East Precinct foot patrols are a consistent request when CHS surveys readers about improving Capitol Hill public safety. By Tuesday afternoon, SPD’s new Capt. Edwards bio was posted:

Captain Mike Edwards began his police career with the Seattle Police Department April 16, 1980. In his previous assignment as a Captain he commanded the Education & Training Section.

As a Lieutenant he held assignments as the Investigations Procedures Committee Commander, Narcotics Commander, and the Special Assignments Commander which included the Fraud/Forgery Unit, Auto Theft Unit, Pawnshop Detail, Major Crimes Task Force and Electronic Crimes Squad. As a sergeant he was assigned to the North Emphasis Team, North Precinct Nora Sector, East Precinct George Sector, West Precinct David Sector and Traffic Section. As an officer he was a Narcotics Detective, SWAT member and worked East, West and North Precincts in patrol. He served 13 years on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild with 6 of those years as the Guild President.

Captain Mike Edwards is the son of a career Air Force parent and has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad with his family during his father’s 26 year military service. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Texas but is the proud father of a UW Husky graduate.


Edwards says the foot patrol CHS found Tuesday is nothing new and that changes will come slowly as he acclimates to the new role and transitions out of leading the department’s training.

“Once we start getting new personnel, then there will be more noticeable changes,” Edwards said of his plans and expected influx of new academy graduates as SPD ramps up hiring.

Edwards will lead his first precinct after a career with SPD that also saw him serve as president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild from 1996 to 2002. The often controversial union was busy responding to things like SPD’s actions at the Pioneer Square Mardi Gras riot during Edwards’ tenure. In 2002, The Stranger called Edwards “a strong voice for the rank-and-file union” in the wake of controversy over the Mardi Gras violence. Current guild president Sgt. Rich O’Neill has announced he is stepping down after leading the union through one if its roughest periods following the Department of Justice’s consent decree over SPD’s use of force and treatment of minorities.

Like many among SPD’s senior ranks, Edwards has played a role in designing and implementing the department’s response to the DOJ actions. A Federal monitor cited Edwards’ work as training captain for SPD’s weekly Use of Force Review Board meetings as “admirable” in a recent report on the department’s reforms.

Mike, meanwhile, isn’t the only Edwards with more than 30 years on Seattle’s police force. His older brother William Edwards serves as director of parking enforcement.

Mike Edwards takes over an East Precinct with a diverse set of public safety challenges. The gentrified and gentrifying northern Central District’s former “open air drug markets” are now being readied for mixed-use development while the southern stretches of the precinct still face many of the old school challenges of race, poverty, class and crime. Capitol Hill, in the meanwhile, is morphing into a landscape with criminal habits and patterns more like the downtown core.

Capt. Wilson, the man Edwards replaces, moved into the command of East Precinct in summer of 2012. CHS talked with him about his new job with the smell of pepper spray still in the air following a Pride weekend clash with protesters on E Madison. He leaves after just under 18 months in the job.

Edwards will find himself with a relative wealth of resources and opportunities compared to his predecessor. For one, the fight over reforms has hopefully calmed to a dull roar. But greater will be more boots on the ground as funding has been earmarked for hiring new cops and focusing greater public safety effort on the city’s core.

“In large measure, we’re in this very unique period of time,” Edwards said. “Having gone through a lot of changes, there’s some level of stability.” He was talking about Capitol Hill and the neighborhoods that make up the East Precinct. But he also could just as easily have been talking about the department he’s been part of for more than 30 years.

This post has been updated to correct information regarding William Edwards’ history with SPD.


Nelson Mandela International Day

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From: The United Nations

We stand here today to salute the United Nations Organization and its Member States, both singly and collectively, for joining forces with the masses of our people in a common struggle that has brought about our emancipation and pushed back the frontiers of racism.

South African President Nelson Mandela
Address to UN General Assembly
3 October 1994

The United Nations:
Partner in the Struggle against Apartheid

The elimination of South Africa’s system of legalized racial discrimination known as apartheid (“apart-ness” in the Afrikaans language of the descendants of the first Dutch settlers) was on the agenda of the United Nations from its inception. On 22 June 1946 the Indian government requested that the discriminatory treatment of Indians in the Union of South Africa be included on the agenda of the very first session of the General Assembly.

In the decades that followed the world body would contribute to the global struggle against apartheid by drawing world attention to the inhumanity of the system, legitimizing popular resistance, promoting anti-apartheid actions by governmental and non-governmental organizations, instituting an arms embargo, and supporting an oil embargo and boycotts of apartheid in many fields.

Key dates in the UN campaign against apartheid:

2 December 1950 — The General Assembly declared that “a policy of ‘racial segregation’ (apartheid) is necessarily based on doctrines of racial discrimination”. (Resolution 395(V))

1 April 1960 — The Security Council, in its first action on South Africa, adopted Resolution 134 deploring the policies and actions of the South African government in the wake of the killing of 69 peaceful African protesters in Sharpeville by the police on 21 March. The Council called upon the government to abandon its policies of apartheid and racial discrimination.

2 April 1963 — First meeting of the Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid of the Government of the Republic of South Africa, It was later renamed the “Special Committee against Apartheid”.

7 August 1963 — The Security Council adopted Resolution 181 calling upon all States to cease the sale and shipment of arms, ammunition and military vehicles to South Africa. The arms embargo was made mandatory on 4 November 1977.

13 November 1963 — The General Assembly, in Resolution 1899 (XVIII) on the question of Namibia, urged all States to refrain from supplying petroleum to South Africa. It was the first of many efforts by the UN to enact effective oil sanctions against apartheid.

23 August-4 September 1966 — International Seminar on Apartheid, Brasilia, organised by the UN Division of Human Rights, the Special Committee against Apartheid and the government of Brazil – the first of scores of conferences and seminars on apartheid organised or co-sponsored by the United Nations.

2 December 1968 — The General Assembly requested all States and organisations “to suspend cultural, educational, sporting and other exchanges with the racist regime and with organisations or institutions in South Africa which practice apartheid.

30 November 1973 — International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid approved by the General Assembly (Resolution 3068(XXVIII)). The convention came into force on 18 July 1976.

1 January 1976 — The UN Centre Against Apartheid was established.

17 August 1984 — In Resolution 554 the Security Council declared null and void the new racist constitution of South Africa.

16-20 June 1986 — World Conference on Sanctions against Racist South Africa, organised by the United Nations in cooperation with the OAU and the Movement of Non-aligned Countries

14 December 1989 — The General Assembly adopted by consensus the “Declaration on Apartheid and its Destructive Consequences in Southern Africa,” calling for negotiations to end apartheid and establish a non-racial democracy (Resolution A/RES/S-16/1).

22 June 1990 — Nelson Mandela addressed the Special Committee against Apartheid in New York — his first appearance before the Organisation.

30 July 1992 — With political violence escalating and negotiations at risk, Nelson Mandela requested the United Nations to send observers to South Africa. On the following day the Secretary-General announced that he would send a small group of UN monitors. The United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa was established by the Security Council on 17 August 1992.

8 October 1993 — The General Assembly requested States to restore economic relations with South Africa immediately, and terminate the oil embargo when the Transitional Executive Council in South Africa became operational (Resolution 48/1).

10 May 1994 — South Africa’s first democratically elected non-racial government took office following the general elections of 26-29 April.

23 June 1994 — The General Assembly approved the credentials of the South African delegation and removed the item of apartheid from its agenda. The Security Council removed the question of South Africa from its agenda on 27 June.

3 October 1994 — The first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, addresses the General Assembly.

With contribution from Enuga S. Reddy, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General, Principal Secretary, UN Special Committee Against Apartheid and Director, UN Centre Against Apartheid