by Patheresa Wells
When Kaila Davis Nsimbi was choosing a career path, she knew she wanted to work in education, with the specific desire to serve young people like herself. Having attended Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue as a motivated student of color, she wanted to empower other highly capable Black and Brown students “to go through those experiences with more boldness and more certainty” than she did. But to do that, Nsimbi said, students of color must be able to find others around them to lean on through the process, to be examples, and to help them navigate — as Nisimbi calls it — “the landscape of opportunity.”
During her 10 years at the nonprofit Rainier Scholars, Nsimbi has achieved — and continues to achieve — her education equity goals. Rainier Scholars fosters the academic potential and leadership skills of hardworking students of color by providing access to academic preparation, career and leadership development, and comprehensive support. Nsimbi’s commitment to helping students develop the skills they need to be community leaders has taken her on a long path with the organization.
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by Patheresa Wells
The slap of jump ropes rhythmically hitting the ground and the sound of the “Cha Cha Slide” played in the background on Saturday, Oct. 30, as children laughed and ran around the racks of coats and winter clothes at the Southwest Boys & Girls Club in White Center. Families toting kids of all ages, as well as a diverse group of local neighborhood residents, came out to attend the First Annual Coat and Clothes Drive held by The Double Dutch Divas. The local organization brings the sport of double Dutch to the community to support healthy living and connection.
The event was a collaborative effort between The Divas; the Boys & Girls Club; Girltrek, a nonprofit that promotes women’s health through daily walking; and the Sparks Neighborhood Matching Fund from the City of Seattle.
The Double Dutch Divas spent months collecting clothes, coats, and shoes to hand out at the event. With a cold, rainy fall — and increased economic insecurity due to the pandemic — upon us, it was important to this group to make sure people are outfitted warmly during the upcoming winter months. But The Divas didn’t stop there. In order to make their vision of “unity in the community” a reality, they made sure the drive included the fun, energy, and movement The Divas are known for.
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