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Granger, Yakima Valley, Washington, USA

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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.

This 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 11th.

Radio KDNA and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) will lead an effort to ease the ramifications of these Health Care Access Through Partnerships (click here)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.

Read 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

NCEC frequently coordinates programs to collect and distribute food to those in need.

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 here

Completed projects are in Past Productions

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