Associated Recreation Council Programs
RecTech, an example of Equitable Access and Community -
RecTech Coalition’s Community Technology Centers provide free and low-cost technology access and training to more than 2,500 Seattle youth and adults across nine sites at Delridge, Garfield, Garfield Teen Life, International District, Miller, Rainier, South Park, Southwest Teen Life, 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 basic graphic design for youth, adults, and seniors.
RecTech’s annual summer internship program was expanded in 2011 to provide a total of eight internship programs for eighty 9th – 12th graders across Seattle. These programs provide valuable technology skills and hands-on professional experiences; participants earn a small stipend in addition to service learning hours required for high school graduation. RecTech interns completed training in film making, web design, audio production, digital animation, and graphic arts. Each cohort presented finished projects at community showcase events.
RecTech labs were reopened at Miller, Southwest, and International District in 2011, and public access hours increased by 30% at existing sites, allowing RecTech to more than double the number of people served.
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.