A Place For Community
We are planning an 8,000 square foot family center with state-of-the-art amenities to cultivate excellence in East African youth and young adults while inspiring our parents and elders to dream BIGGER.
Our Youth Impact
Like other Black groups, East African refugee and immigrant families have felt the devastation of Seattle's housing crisis. We are planning 55 affordable housing units to prevent further erosion of our beloved East African Community in South Seattle.
We've Just Begun!
Phase One: Planning & Development
Fundraising Goal: 5 Million
Amount Secured To Date: $1.0 Million
In Phase One, we are acquiring land, developing building plans and securing permits.
Your tax deductible donations support EACS during this critical stage of the process.
East African Community Services (EACS) has provided vital support to King County’s East African refugee and immigrant population for 20 years. From our beginnings in naturalization and citizenship services, we’ve honed our focus to provide East African youth and families with programs and resources to adjust to life in the United States, preserve diverse cultural heritages, and participate in broad and integrated community life. Our culturally-competent, holistic approach offers a full ecosystem of programs to ensure our children are safe and healthy, graduate high school and complete college, find careers they love, and give back to their communities. Today, we are honored to be a deeply rooted and trusted resource for the more than 75,000 East Africans who live in King County.
- OUR MISSION: Inspire East African immigrant and refugee families to achieve cradle to career success.
- OUR VISION: A transformed and thriving generation.
- OUR VALUES: Strong youth and families, respect, equity, and empathy.
EACS’ services are rooted in five guiding actions:
- Nurturing the whole-life development of East African youth from cradle to career.
- Unapologetically embracing a growth mindset that centers the strengths of our community.
- Intentionally creating space for all individuals to grow. • Demanding respect for diverse cultural perspectives.
- Maintaining an open door policy that defers to community needs as they arise.
Our holistic programs prepare East African youth to be strong, engaged students and forge a supportive, positive community around every child—from cradle to career. We serve 350+ children every year.
- TRUE STARS PRESCHOOL Develops social and emotional skills necessary to co-learn from Pre-K through college, and leverages the practices of East African cultures to create a safe, fun learning environment.
- SHEEKO, SHEEKO HOME VISITING PROGRAM Works to increase parent-child cognitive interactions through the Somali art of Story-telling. Creates an in-home culture that fosters reading and intellectual curiosity.
- K–12 AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMMING Culturally competent, afterschool programs designed for K–12 scholars. Encourage academic performance, healthy self-esteem, leadership and college/career exploration.
- STRONG GIRLS, POWERFUL LEADERS MENTORSHIP Empowers young girls during a time of increased sexism, racism and xenophobia. Girls meet monthly with mentors for discussion groups, one-on-one mentorship, and group learning
- PROMISE FELLOWSHIP GANG PREVENTION A community-demanded and imagined solution to East African gang violence in South Seattle, an area that leads in youth violence. Also reaches youth in SeaTac and Federal Way.
- MATHCODE + ROBOTICS Prepares East African youth for STEM jobs and high-paying skills, in-demand jobs requiring digital skillsets (“SmartJobs”). Sponsored by Boeing.
Questions? Please, reach out to Amir Noir!
Making a large donations? Please contact Amir Noir for ACH and Wire Transfer options.
For more information about this Capital Campaign, to make a significant gift, or to strategically partner with EACS, please contact Amir Noir Soulkin, M.A., Development Director at (206) 456-6046 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we can make this dream a reality.
We are family, always.