Associated Recreation Council Programs
RecTech, an example of Equitable Access and Community -
The RecTech Community Technology Program provides free and low-cost technology access and training to more than 2,500 Seattle youth and adults across five sites at Delridge, Rainier, Rainier Beach, South Park and Yesler Community Centers. RecTech labs function as community resource centers, providing open lab access and diverse technology training including: basic computer and internet skills; job-readiness and résumé building workshops; Internet safety; and advanced digital media instruction for youth, adults, and seniors.
RecTech’s annual summer internship program provides an opportunity for 50-60 teens to engage their local community, use advanced digital media tools and techniques, earn a stipend and receive service learning credits to apply towards high school graduation. RecTech interns have completed training in filmmaking, web design, audio production, digital animation and graphic arts, and received numerous accolades for their work. Many have gone on to pursue further education and careers in visual design and music production.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
ARC’s School-Age Care Program continues to provide a safe, healthy place for children to learn and grow. Across Seattle, ARC serves over 1,500 children monthly in Before and After-School programs and 1,100 children each week during Summer Day Camp.
As the face of our city changes, we are committed to providing welcoming, responsive programs for all members of our community. Our Directors participate in workshops focused on race and equity, tackling issues such as institutionalized racism, understanding their own biases, and creating programs welcoming of diversity. These workshops provide a foundation for ARC’s ongoing commitment to addressing issues of race and social justice in our School-Age Care Program.