Fellowship Alumni Spotlight

Fellowship Alumni Spotlight

As the 2018 Fellowship approaches we want to take a moment to spotlight some of our Former Fellows! It has been the ultimate #TBT reflecting on the amazing work they accomplished and the relationships they built during their time at the Bus. We are inspired by the impact former fellows continue to make as active and vibrant members of the community. Our Fellowship Alumni will always hold a special place in our hearts and are an invaluable part of our Bus family.

 

 

Seferiana (Sera) Day
Fellowship Class of 2010

Sera, who grew up in central California, moved to Seattle in 2005. Sera got word of the Bus while she was in graduate school for social work at the University of Washington when the Bus made a special visit to her Youth Empowerment class.

Sera’s favorite memory of her time at the fellowship is when the Fellows raced to the Greenwood Senior Center for the Social Security Birthday Party, to meet Senator Patty Murray. During the event, Sera was bestowed a “The only Rossi I trust is Carlo” t-shirt, which she loved and promptly hid.

About what the Fellowship means to her, “The Bus fellowship really gave me a foundation for Washington State politics and all that goes into running a campaign. It gave me an appreciation for grassroots organizing and field and helped me to build my network of politicos. I’d say it solidified my trajectory into politics.”

After the fellowship and graduate school, Sera went on to be a community and labor organizer at Working Washington and SEIU 775. She then ran Pramila Jayapal’s state senate race in 2014 and worked for Councilmember Tim Burgess as a legislative assistant for three years before joining him as a policy advisor in the Mayor’s Office for 71 days. In January 2018 Sera co-founded Charles – Day Strategic, a political consulting firm centering candidates and communities of color. In April she will return to the City of Seattle’s Information Technology department as the Community Technology Outreach Coordinator, engaging community and tech partners to increase digital access and equity across the city. Sera is also a proud board member of the Bus, and we are incredibly grateful for all the work she has done for our organization in enhancing the voices of young people in our communities.

On why people should join the Fellowship Program, “The fellowship is an amazing opportunity to meet other interesting, motivated, politically and social justice- minded young people and to begin building a network of people invested in your success and growth.”

You go, Sera!

2018 Fellowship Application

The Bus Fellowship is an intensive, intentional, and transformative experience for young folks who are ready to inspire change alongside their communities. Over the course of ten weeks, Fellows learn from progressive experts from across the state, run the most innovative, effective, and fun civic programs in Washington State, and collaborate with community organizations and issue campaigns for hands-on organizing experience.

For information regarding the Fellowship or questions about the application process please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Bridget Williams. Bridget can be reached at bridget@washingtonbus.org, or (206) 325-1889.

The priority deadline for applications is Friday, March 23rd 2018 at 11:59 PST. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 20th 2018 at 11:59 PST. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible as the application process becomes increasingly competitive with each deadline.

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10 Years of (Festi)Bus!

10 Years of (Festi)Bus!

Come party with us at Festibus! 

It’s the end of the year and you know what that means!

It’s Festibus time!

Every December we gather all of our Bus family from around the state and party like there’s no tomorrow and this year is no different! Festibus is a free all ages event with food provided by Tutta Bella, and 21+ drinks available thanks to our friends at Fremont Brewing, and Peddler Brewing!

The event is free but upgrading to a $20 suggested donation ticket gets folks full access to our delicious cocktails thanks to Tito’s Vodka.

This year has marked our 10 year anniversary since we were founded in 2007. We’ve had a ton of amazing people come through the Bus and had some huge wins we’ve achieved together. Help us kick off the next decade of the Bus in true Bus fashion! 

Save the date, practice your dance moves, and get ready to usher in the next decade of B(us)! 

When

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 From 6:30pm – 10pm

Contact

Busquatch 2017!

Busquatch 2017!

Welcome to the first installation of the Hella Bus Blog’s Thirsty Thursday blog post! #knowledgeresponsibly

 

Memorial day weekend the Bus was out in force at the one, the only, SASQUATCH! In addition to watching some incredible music and getting gnarly tank top tans, we talked to thousands of young people about the importance of civic engagement and registered voters in the sun! Check out some highlights below.

 

Bus squad rolled deep with 5 staff members, 3 interns, and 8 rockstar volunteers (shoutout to former Bus staffer Sonny and the Service Board folks who combined forces with us for the ultimate #SQUADGOALS)! We registered 85 voters and collected 301 Pledge to Vote cards in just 3 short (jk, like the longest) days, and had great conversations with young people from around the state. Meeting young people where they are works – we got 154 new volunteer sign-ups from people who are stoked to take their civic engagement to the next level and hop on the Bus with us!!

Not to mention Vote Bot was on AT LEAST 50 people’s snapchat stories…

Stories from the ‘Squatch…

Making connections.

“I was registering someone to vote and later found out that she went to Evergreen College. We chatted a bit about a situation happening on campus where students of color are experiencing racism and we talked about the importance of campus organizing which was awesome. I tried to connect her with a former fellow on campus so hopefully they link up!” – Alisha, Fellowship Coordinator

Music magic. 

“Chance the Rapper has literally changed my life. I am completely obsessed with his wholesome, woke, whimsical style and I am a better person now that I listen to him. I wrangled everyone in our group to run down to the mosh pit after the Shins’ set and wait for Chance to come on for almost 2 hours. And it was worth it. I smiled, I danced, I sang along, I screamed, I ugly cried (multiple times) and I am so happy that I got the opportunity to see Chance live!!!” – Sophia, Field Coordinator

All the good feelings.

“Sasquatch was such a great opportunity for staff, interns, and volunteers to connect with young people from around Washington State. We are activating young people and creating opportunities for conversations around issues that impact young people!” – Lily, Field & Outreach Coordinator

Expanding our reach.

“It was incredible that the Bus had the opportunity to register individuals from across the state and not just the Seattle area. Because of our location, it can be incredibly hard to find voters outside of western Washington, and so Sasquatch was a great way for us to build a statewide presence and not just a regional one.” – Sean, Field Organizer

Changing the narrative.

“I tried to register a guy to vote and when I asked if he wanted to register he said he “didn’t want to be a part of the establishment.” We had a super real conversation about the fact that people in power don’t want young people to vote and that by saying he doesn’t want to register because he doesn’t want to be a part of the establishment had the opposite effect of what he intended. By not registering, he was doing what “the establishment” wanted which is a lack of involvement to protect the status quo. I talked with him about the Bus’ work and why we think it’s important for young people to vote to take back our democracy. He didn’t register with me that day, but he promised he would consider it and we fist bumped and went about our day. I really appreciated how real he was with me and how he took the time to hear what I had to say and I could tell by talking to him I had opened his mind a bit more than it was before.” – Alisha, Fellowship Coordinator

Every year at Sasquatch is fulfilling, exhausting, and a total blast. We so appreciate being able to be involved in the music and arts community to make sure young people know about the Bus!

And now, for a dance break…

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