August Updates

Dear Generations Forward community,

Happy August! We hope you and your families are having a beautiful week so far. This email contains a few little updates and ways to take action - feel free to forward it along to any folks who may be interested!

Family Night

Family Council hosted their first in-person event in over a year on July 24! Family Night was an evening of all-ages fun including a bouncy house, crafts, a cake walk, clothing swap, and some magical performances. We were so happy to see lots of folks join us for this healing and joyful event. We were also joined by many community groups and partners pictured above, including Whatcom CARE, Whatcom Early Learning Alliance, Whatcom Family and Community Network, Whatcom Intergenerational High School, and others. The Family Council hopes to organize more recurring community-building events including online Anti-Racist Community Calls in the coming months, so keep an eye out for future updates...

Support Anti-Racist Education in Whatcom Schools

Our partner organization, Whatcom CARE, is seeking folks to sign on to their open letter to support education through an anti-racist lens.

The Whatcom Coaltion for Anti-Racist Education (Whatcom CARE) and Whatcom Human Rights Task Force (WHRTF) have co-authored an open letter to support the challenging and necessary work educators in Whatcom County public schools are pursuing to ensure that each of our students has access to an equitable K-12 educational experience that builds a future where we all belong.

Education should include the examination of all subject matter through a variety of perspectives, including an anti-racist lens; as author Austin Channing Brown States, "The work of anti-racism is becoming a better human to other humans"

We invite you to show your support for this work by adding your signature to the letter here:

Parent Leadership Training Institute

Are you interested in gaining tools and resources to be an advocate for families? Consider applying to the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)! PLTI is a free, 12 weeks online course that teaches parents, community members and professionals working with families to understand systems and develop civic, leadership, and public speaking skills. The course offers five elective college credits to those who graduate.

The Children's Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) is a free, reading-based civic leadership course offered to only the children of parents enrolled in the PLTI. Children ages 6 to12 receive age appropriate leadership and civic classes and books.

When: Online classes begin September 18, 2021 and end December 11, 2021. PLTI classes are Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm. CLTI classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. To Apply: 1. 2. Saturday, August 28th 9 am to 10 am or Wednesday, September 1st 6 pm to 7 pm. Invitation to the information session will be sent after you complete the Eventzilla registration. Questions? PLTI Information:

Check out more photos from Family Night below. We loved seeing so many kiddos and families having fun, getting creative, and building connections! Looking forward to many more events to come.

Take care,

em bigongiari ~ they/them

Generations Forward Program Coordinator