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FREE s Friday, May 24, 2013 RESCUE DRILL BELLARMINE TO STATE A6 A3 GAYTHEIST IN CONCERT B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA CITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS TRAIN TO STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS WEAVE A NEW TOGETHER TO MAKE STRONG CITIES HOME Gateways for Youth and Families poised for a solid revival PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN GROW. In one of Gateways’ hoop houses, John Valentine, Charity Woolbright and Rachael Dye plan a future of pots with plenty of room to grow for a tray of tomato seedlings. “Every major change has come from the ground up,” Diers said, noting the history of the civil rights movement, the marriage equality efforts and the protests against the Vietnam War. “You can’t make change without strong communities.” By Kathleen Merryman From the Orphan Train to the TRAYN program, it’s been a long, and sometimes bumpy, journey for Gateways for Youth and Families. Now one of the oldest social services efforts in Pierce County is reviving its mission to help young people through their troubles and into a productive adulthood. That means bringing the 32-acre Summit campus and its family-service programs back to life, bringing veteran employees back to the jobs they helped develop, and bringing back transitional housing for young people. Charity Woolbright, Gateways’ new president and CEO, is introducing Transitional Aged Youth Network (TRAYN) to guide the agency toward its original mission – serving young people who need a home and life skills. “We originated with a group of women who wanted to take care of orphans and abandoned children,” Woolbright said. That was in 1890, when Tacoma’s Women’s Lend A Hand League members built a children’s home on South Adams Street. “This was the last stop on the Orphan Train,” said Dana Peterson, a former Gateways program manager. “Can you imagine how it was to be passed over all the way across the country, and then just dropped here?” asked returning program manager Robin Koeller. A disheartening number of the young people she serves today can imagine that storyline, minus X See GATEWAYS By Steve Dunkelberger T PHOTOS BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER LET’S TALK: (Top) Paul Sparks chats up the crowd with words of encouragement and insight. (Middle) Justin Mayfield, RR Anderson and Patricia LecyDavis. (Above) Community organization guru Jim Diers talks about local changes happening around the world. he concept of the City of Neighborhoods Conference on May 18 was simple. Gather communityminded folks like Local Life Director Justin Mayfield, Central Tacoma Free Radical Media Exchange founder R.R. Anderson and neighborhood-loving activists like Kathleen Casper in a room, on a Saturday morning, without coffee and see what sort of neighborhood badassery they can think up. Mission accomplished. About 100 community-minded members of the do-gooder illuminati gathered at the downtown Post Office to ponder ways to improve Tacoma’s neighborhoods that are quick, inexpensive and grass-roots that range from making them more walkable, more fun and more old-school neighborly. The effort was sponsored by Go Local and Local Life and included a keynote address by Jim Diers, author of “Neighbor Power,” and an internationally known guru of all things community organizing. Most notable of his efforts during his stint with the city of Seattle was an art project in one of the city’s arts neighborhoods – the X See CITY / page A10 PHOTOS BY CEDRIC LEGGIN SCHOOL PRIDE. From top: A University of Washington-bound student shows her Husky pride; several students chose Eastern Washington, while others chose Washington State; Brandon Ervin, a counselor at Lincoln who organized the event. SENIORS ANNOUNCE THEIR PLANS Lincoln High School holds signing day By John Larson Lincoln High School celebrated the future goals of its seniors during its second annual Signing Day on May 17. Held in the gymnasium, the event had much of the hoopla and excitement seen at schools that hold ceremonies for athletes accepting football or basketball scholarships. The difference is this event was for all students and focused on academics. My’Kaila Young gave a student reflection. She will be off to Seattle in the fall to attend the University of Washington, where she plans to major in international business and minor in public relations. She will also have a part-time job working with the Seattle Seahawks. “Remember this is your life. Make the most of it,” she said to the students. The keynote speaker was Jahmad Canley, a Lincoln graduate. He earns X See ABES / page A10 / page A4 Tea Party targets A5 ON TOUR: Dan Reed looking forward to first show in Tacoma. PAGE B5 First place A6 City Briefs ................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 Women strike back B4 Sports ......................A6 A&E ....................... ..B1 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Make A Scene ........ B5 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages


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