Current and continuing projects
¿Hola, Que Onda?
Hola, Que Onda is a culturally sensitive comprehensive sex health education
and social skill building program for youth ages 10 through 21. For the
age 10 through 14 group, the program focuses on teaching young people
how to handle the complexities of peer pressure, constructive socializing
with the opposite sex, and developing independent thinking. Activities
include exercises in written and oral self expression, sharing of views
and opinions, decision making, and involvement in school and community.
Both adult and peer mentors are utilized.
Periodically, every-other month, radio station KDNA produces a live billingual
program of music and information, with call-in participation for adolescents
and young adults aged 15 through 21.
NCEC staff work closely with school district staff. The present effort
is concentrating in the Mabton School District.
project received funding for up to three years from the New Partners/New
Initiatives Fund of the Ms. Foundation for Women. The photograph was taken
during a site visit in June 2001 by representatives of the Ms. Foundation
for Women. The grant award was announced later that summer.
Project term: 07/01/2001 - 06/30/2004 (3 years)
Strengthening Community During Difficult Times
Granger, WA, 2002
The people of Yakima Valley, a community of Spanish-speaking farmworkers,
warehouse workers and immigrants, face a number of economic and social
hurdles. These have been aggravated by a weakened agricultural economy
brought on by a drought and new, stricter changes to immigration policies
introduced by the Department of Justice after the tragic events of September
Radio KDNA and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) will lead
an effort to ease the ramifications of these events
on their community by launching a mental health education campaign that
integrates live call-in programs with a broad base of outreach activities.
The project is funded in part by Sound Partners for Community Health,
a program of the Benton Foundation.
more at Sound Partners for Community Health
NCEC regularly takes health education into the community with information
booths at community fairs and events. In the photo they are setting up
for a health fair at Heritage College in Toppenish, 09/14/2000. The banner
promotes a a major collaboration between the Yakima Valley Farm Workers
Clinic, the Providence Health System, Radio KDNA, NCEC and Sound Partners
for Community Health. Click
here for more pictures.
Across the digital divide - A Community Technology Partnership
The University of Washington Office of Educational Partnerships and Learning
Technologies, in partnership with NCEC, has secured funding to establish
and operate a community technology center in Granger.
The technology center will be designed to help farm workers and other
low-income individuals to improve their English literacy, to become fluent
in the uses of information technology, and to provide access to a wide-array
of education resources. The center will have video conferencing capabilities
to communicate with and access resources at the University of Washington
and beyond. The proposal was one of 53 selected from a pool of 1,400 applicants.
Read more in UW Week: Community
Outreach Partnership Center created in Toppenish (click here)
Or, in the Yakima Valley Herald-Republic: Tech
Center Will Reach Out to Farm Workers (click here)
Project term 10/01/2002 - 09/30/2003
Food for the hungry
frequently coordinates programs to collect and distribute food to those
On June 27, 2001, just as cherry season was getting underway, a severe
wind and hail storm battered central Washington state. Because of crop
damage, many farmworkers were laid off or unable to find work. The Governor
declared an agricultural disaster in 13 Washington counties, including
Yakima and Benton. When some funding was made available to subsidize food
for the out-of-work farmworkers, the organization best able to assist
in distribution was NCEC and Radio KDNA. The 3rd food distribution was
held on July 19th at the Radio KDNA offices. More photos, click
Completed projects are in Past Productions