Catch up on the latest announcements from RIZP
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The collaboration, planning and expansion of community services for children and families in the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership to date would not have been possible without the generous financial support from The Ballmer Group, Boeing and the Renton Regional Community Foundation.
Renton Innovation Zone Partnership Receives $50,000 for Skyway/West Hill Youth - August 19, 2021 - South Seattle Emerald
From the U.S. Bank Foundation: “On Aug. 17, 2021, the U.S. Bank Foundation announced a $50,000 grant award to the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP), an organization that serves students, parents, and families who reside in the Renton Innovation Zone by leading a ‘relationship-based, data-informed collaborativenetwork to advance racial equity and create healthy learning opportunities for all children.’
“The $50,000 grant will fund a new immersion program for Title 1 elementary and middle school students in the Skyway/West Hill neighborhoods, an unincorporated section of King County with limited resources. The program will kick-off this fall with a series of 10 events designed to get students in front of career, education, and economic opportunities they would not otherwise have exposure to in the Skyway neighborhood, covering the industries of STEM, health care, construction/trades, transportation, arts, food/entertainment, government, and business.
Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) was selected by the U.S. Bank Foundation to receive a $50,000 grant as part of a $1 million investment to 20 nonprofits. The U.S. Bank Foundation is supporting emerging leaders and community-led solutions to address economic disparities.
The chosen organizations are in both rural and metro communities. They focus on supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners; workforce development programs; and financial inclusion efforts for individuals and families as solutions to wealth building.
“We are dedicated to empowering our communities by listening to those who lived experience and supporting their idea on how to address racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change,” Nicole Bascomb-Green, of U.S. Bank Community Affairs for Washington State, said in a release. “In addition to the funding, we are exploring ways to support these leaders and organizations by creating points of connection and access as well as opportunities to build their networks. We look forward to learning from these leaders as we continue to work to break down traditional power dynamics in philanthropy.”
For years, the Skyway community has been asking King County to bring more social and human services into the neighborhood. The unincorporated area, which makes up the greater West Hill, does not belong to Seattle, Renton or Tukwila, yet its residents have to travel to one of these three cities to obtain vital services.
On Oct. 16, the Skyway community celebrated the Skyway Resource Center as a designation for a new HUD EnVision Center. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced earlier that week that the newly-opened Skyway Resource Center had been designated as the second HUD EnVision Center in Washington State. It’s one of the first EnVision Centers to use a pop-up pilot model to deliver social services and basic needs to the Skyway/West-Hill community, according to a press release.
WASHINGTON STATE’S SECOND HUD ENVISION CENTER OPENS IN SKYWAY - October 17, 2020- South Seattle Emerald
On Friday, Oct. 16, members of the Skyway community and government officials gathered to celebrate the designation of the second U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) EnVision Center in Washington State, which is set to provide resources for residents in Skyway.
Building off of the Skyway Resource Center Pop-Up at 12643 Renton Ave. S., which the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, the Renton School District, and King County departments opened in early September, the EnVision Center will continue providing social services to visitors as well as resources such as personal protective equipment, access to health insurance enrollment, and information on and referrals to behavioral health and housing resources, among many other offerings.
Community groups in Skyway host a pop-up resource center to provide support to families - October 16, 2020- KNKX Public Radio
A free, multi-service resource center hosted by Renton Innovation Zone Partnership will be stationed at 12643 Renton Ave. S.on Sept. 4, Sept. 18, and three dates in October, to provide Skyway residents with housing assistance, school supplies, and food resources, among other things.
“The first positive outcome of this is that the community gets to use the resources they’ve been asking for,” said Cherryl Jackson-Williams, Family & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Renton Innovation Zone/ Renton School District. The second? “That they also feel that we’ve taken their requests seriously.”
COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE PROVIDING STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN RENTON AND SKYWAY WITH RESOURCES DURING COVID-19 - July 2nd 2020, South Seattle Emerald
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) has emerged as an amazing community collective that works to support families in Skyway, West Hill, and the Renton Highlands with basic needs, early learning opportunities, and community and family engagement resources.
One major way RIZP has pivoted to support their communities is by starting a series of food pantries in Renton and Skyway. These pantries, which occur every Tuesday and Saturday, provide residents in the RIZ with free essentials such as food, masks, and diapers. In some cases, these pantries have encouraged communities to come together and even led to new volunteers joining RIZP.
Local groups pull together to support 12,000 families during pandemic - July 2nd 2020, Renton Reporter
Just as schools were about to shutdown for what ended up being the rest of the year, the RIZP had it’s most-attended meeting ever for its Basic Needs Action Team. It gave the groups involved with RIZP the ability to create a foundation for what would be the multiple supports for families in Skyway and the Highlands— some being hit hardest during this pandemic.
It’s important for our families to feel supported, especially during this unprecedented time. Before COVID-19 forced the stay at home order, many families in Skyway were already struggling to put food on the table. Now with many job cuts, school closures and restaurants closing, our families are experiencing an exponential need in food resources and essential basic needs
A team of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers serving the Renton area this year are putting a spotlight on organizations and groups who do good for our community every day! This week, the light is on the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership.
With the Coronavirus pandemic, they have expanded their efforts to provide relief for the many families experiencing hardship. Their work is multi-faceted as they facilitate programs, advocate for resources, and bring organizations together to help solve problems.
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, or RIZP, started as an idea at a meeting of the Renton School District and other community partners in 2017. Over the months, that idea bloomed and developed into a solid plan, which was presented in the summer of 2018, alongside three action teams tasked with addressing community needs. These teams focus on early learning, basic needs, and community and family engagement.
Needs in Renton Innovation Zone (RIZ) schools are increasing, as displacement causes greater concern for student’s families. At Lakeridge, Campbell Hill, Bryn Mawr and Highlands elementary schools, there’s at least 105 homeless students, as defined by the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 8 percent of the schools’ population.