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UW alum’s Community for Youth video highlights grads and students

UW alum and Information School Guest Faculty Greg Hay has released a short-documentary on Community for Youth, a local nonprofit that provides mentors for inner-city kids facing significant challenges. It’s an inspiring video and includes a few comments from former UW men’s basketball star Nate Robinson.

Community for Youth has a presence in three Seattle high schools—Rainier Beach, Cleveland and Chief Sealth—and celebrates its students that progress to the University of Washington. Recent Community for Youth and UW graduates include Biniyam Berhe and Vanny Chham (both UW ’07), while Samuel Martin, Marcell Buckner and Jonathan Amosa are current UW students pursuing degrees.

“Non-profits have been hit pretty hard in the past few years with the economic downturn and that includes Community for Youth,” Hay says. “I hope to raise awareness of this organization, as it has helped many troubled kids find success. My goal is to get 10,000 people to view the short-documentary before the end of January.”

Take a look, you’ll love it. And enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats: 

  • Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large writes about the late Sam Kelly’s new autobiography, written with UW history professor Quintard Taylor. Dr. Kelly was the UW’s first vice president for minority affairs.
  • A survey by UW Associate Professor of Social Work Taryn Lindhorst shows that women who have left their abusive husbands and fled with their children to the U.S., half the time our court system sends the children back, usually to their fathers.
  • UW alum Norm Rice was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Council for Community Solutions, which will look at the best ways citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government can work together to solve specific community needs.
  • The City of Seattle is debating whether to add corporate signs to skyscrapers, but a letter signed by 27 members of the architectural faculty at UW warns that the city’s skyline would be “defaced” and “become a billboard for privileged corporations.”
  • UW Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) Senior Lecturer Kathy Gill was featured in this NPR story called “Stop Me Before I Facebook Again.” Nielsen, the media research firm, calculated that one in every 4 1/2 minutes online is spent on blogs and social networking sites.
  • Fog is a common feature along the West Coast during the summer, but UW researcher James Johnstone found that summertime coastal fog has declined since 1950 while coastal temperatures have increased slightly.
  • Unfelt earthquakes occur every 15 months or so in western Washington and release as much energy over a month as a magnitude 6.5 earthquake. New technology is letting UW researchers learn how these events relate to potentially catastrophic earthquakes.
  • Researchers at the UW will be measuring the environmental effects of tidal turbines through the first tidal energy project on the west coast of the United States.
  • UW alum Karen Lee was appointed to the Western Washington University Board of Trustees by Washington State Governor and fellow Husky Christine Gregoire.

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