This page is part of the Peace Heathens' Seattle Crisis Resource Directory.
Seattle Head Start
Enriched preschool programs for 3- to 5-year-olds from low-income families. Part of Seattle Public Schools.
Applicants are encouraged to use the mailing address. Applications may be dropped off at the main receptionist desk of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 3rd Avenue South, Seattle (no mail to this address), but there is very limited parking.
Parents with children in the Head Start program are eligible to consult with an employment specialist who can help with an assessment of job skills and resume writing. Education, retraining and a job search are then part of the program.
YouthCare's Orion Center
Work toward GED or diploma, or re-enter normal school
system. Also social and vocational skills training. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Mon-Fri.
University District Youth Center
Seattle Public School Interagency Program, GED prep and High School Diploma programs.
Ages 13-21. Mon.-Fri. 9am-2:30pm.
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS)
Learning Center. Work towards GED or diploma. School hours (ages 14-21) M-F 2-6 pm.
Seattle Indian Center
High School re-entry up to age 20. Vocational training assistance.
YWCA of South King County Youth Options
Program for out-of-school youth 16-21. GED, internships, job placements, resources and referrals.
King County Work Training Program
GED completion school for ages 16-21. 9am-noon, 1-4pm, M-F. Possible referral for other services such as childcare, housing, food, case management.
"Higher education advocacy and opportunity to people struggling to overcome poverty and adversity."
Free academic advising, career counseling, tutoring, and education planning for low income people who want to go to college. SEA focuses its outreach efforts on young adults (ages 18-30) who have experienced homelessness. Services include assistance filling out financial aid paperwork, research on available colleges and programs, assistance in the college application process, advocacy for youth who will need to complete a dependency status waiver in order to receive federal financial aid, peer mentoring for previously homeless college students.
Scholarships to local community colleges available for low-income clients
who have experienced homelessness; applications available from
A wide variety of adult education programs. The following is a partial listing.
See their web site for more.
The Urban League Of Metropolitan Seattle
Education programs include
Safe Haven after school program, Summer Academy for children age 5 - 16.
Refugee Federation Service Center
ESL and Voc/tech (Vocational/technical) classes including electronic assembly training.
Language Institute at University Presbyterian Church
English classes and one-on-one tutoring for refugees and immigrants.
Five levels; each class lasts 10 weeks, meeting twice a week. Day and evening classes.
One-on-one tutoring is once a week. Sometimes has a waiting list. Call Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm.
Also can refer for ESL classes at other locations.
Discovery Movement Project
Utilize physical movement to enhance self esteem, self control, and
awareness, leading to healthy body image and healthy alternatives to
destructive behaviors. A range of individual and group programs available, with
some sliding scale and scholarship possibilities for at risk populations.
American Red Cross, Seattle Chapter
CPR, First Aid and Emergency Response Training, as well as other related trainings. These can be a matter of life and death. In general, they are reasonably inexpensive, though not free. A schedule of classes is on line; click on individual classes for fees and other details.
Youth Tutoring Program
Provides evening tutoring for at-risk children living in Seattle's public housing communities. Tutoring sessions occur in those communities. As of summer 2005, locations include High Point, New Holly, Rainier Vista, Yesler Terrace, Jackson Park, and Cedarvale.
Washington Academy of Languages
Intensive, part-time, and custom programs in English (and other languages). All levels are welcome.
The academy is a private academic institution, and is priced accordingly. They do not offer scholarships, but accept most forms of financial aid.
Call 8 am - 9 pm Monday through Thursday or 8 am - 5 pm Friday, or visit website for more information.
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