Levies for the kids, high-fives for teachers, and lawmakers at lunch

by msjones

Winter is showing its personality here in Seattle and we’re hard at work bringing you community connections and important civic content. Our members get access to exclusive events focused on civic topics as they’re developing. We had great turnout at our legislative preview in January and look forward to bringing you more timely topics in the coming weeks. Keep up with us regularly on Twitter and remember to vote in the special election on February 12th!

Stay warm out there!

Nicholas Merriam
sea.citi CEO

Support our local public schools by voting YES on Prop 1 & 2

On this month’s ballot, Seattle residents will cast their votes on renewal levies for Seattle Public Schools. If you haven’t been following along, learn about why we support the levies. These levies will provide much-needed funding to our school district, ensuring each student in Seattle can earn a high-quality public education.

Learn more about why sea.citi supports Prop 1 & 2

Volunteer with us at Van Asselt Elementary or South Shore prek-8 next week

See our community in action by volunteering with other tech and innovation workers at our partner Communities in Schools of Seattle. Next week we’re headed to Van Asselt Elementary and South preK-8 to show hard-working teachers we appreciate their work. Regularly, these teachers go above and beyond the call of duty of teaching and help young people overcome barriers like transportation, food, housing, or behavioral support.


Member Exclusive Event Recap: Legislative Session Preview with Representatives Davis, Frame and Macri

On January 11th, a number of tech and innovation workers from across the sea.citi community gathered in an Amazon conference room – both to engage with each other, and to hear some of their State Representatives talk about Democratic Caucus priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The Representatives were on hand to talk with their constituents, but underneath that was a real desire to hear from Seattle’s sometimes “elusive” innovation economy worker. This is what sea.citi is about.

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Go deep on collaboration with the Ion Program at WTIA
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Ion Program brings together highly curious, open-minded individuals working in tech/business, government, and community-based organizations to learn about the community and create a team project addressing a civic challenge. Apply by 2/15 for their Spring or Summer cohort. Learn more.

Supporting Educational Levies is Good for the Community, Good for the Economy

by msjones

This month Seattle voters will cast their ballots on Propositions 1 and 2, levies to support Seattle Public Schools. These levies are critical to providing our district with the funds they need to educate our kids. We encourage you to vote YES on each of the levies to ensure every child can get a quality public education.

If you haven’t been following the levies, here are the basics. Proposition 1, the Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy, covers the operating gaps the State currently does not fund. For example, the State funds nine nurses, the district employs 63. Proposition 2, the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, funds the construction of new buildings, design for future schools, and equitable technology investments in classrooms. The list of projects to be completed by BEX V can be found here.

sea.citi has been making our own investments in local schools over the last few months. Our network of tech and innovation workers want all kids to thrive. We volunteer, raise flexible funds, source school supplies, and help connect education to work. We do this because supporting local public education is critical to maintaining a healthy community and strong economy here in Seattle.

Let’s make sure young people in our city get the education they deserve. Vote YES on Propositions 1 & 2 and make sure to return your ballot by Tuesday, February 12th.

If you want more details about the levies, make sure to look at Seattle Public Schools levies page.