Important News from the Washington Bus

Executive Director’s Announcement

 

To the Bus family,

I’m writing to share that I will be stepping down from my role as Executive Director of The Washington Bus by the end of this year. I am so proud of what we’ve achieved over the last two years. In 2017, we hosted Candidate Survivor, the largest candidate forum in the state for the Seattle mayoral election. This legislative session, our work with The Washington Voting Justice Coalition helped pass Automatic Voter Registration, Same Day Voter Registration, and Pre-Registration for 16- and 17-year olds, a major step forward in reducing barriers to voting in our state. This summer, we welcomed 14 impressive young people to our Fellowship alumni. I’m honored to be part of this growing network, now 169 people strong.

As I look ahead, I couldn’t be more excited for the Bus’s future. We’re refining our winning strategies for voter engagement, building momentum for a new strategic plan, and recruiting new expertise to our Board of Directors. It’s been an honor to work with a staff of talented young people so dedicated to fulfilling our mission. As always, the Bus will continue to support the leadership of young people from underrepresented communities: people of color, young women, LGBTQ+ youth, working class youth, and first-generation students.

I’m grateful for the support of our board as we work closely together on a transition plan over the coming months. I’m committed to supporting our staff and board in this process through the election season to ensure we end this year stronger than ever and ready to tackle 2019 and beyond. I am also grateful to all our volunteers, donors, alumni, and friends for your unwavering support of the Bus. This community is what makes this work possible. We still need you — there is so much more to come.

Yours,

Emilio R. Garza

 

A Personal Message from the Board of Directors

 

On behalf of the Washington Bus Board of Directors, we want to share our utmost gratitude to Emilio Garza for his leadership as Executive Director over the past two years. In driving the Bus, Emilio has both embodied our values holistically and helped to accomplish significant victories for the communities we serve and their ability to take part in the political process. As a longtime member of the Bus family, Emilio has given us a chance to benefit from his passion and dedication to making the Bus a better, more welcoming place for all. His meaningful collaboration with community partners has led to momentous wins in increasing political access and participation, not just for young people, but for all people in Washington State. Under his leadership, we’ve seen the Bus grow and mature into a place where our expertise in the field is undoubted. His contributions to the Bus, in both concrete wins and culture, will leave a meaningful legacy for our community.

While we will be sad to see Emilio go after this year’s election, we are excited to watch the next part of this journey unfold – for both him and the Bus. We look forward to celebrating Emilio’s tenure as Executive Director at this year’s Victory Fund event on October 16th at FareStart in the Pacific Tower at 6PM. We hope you can be there. Please join us in expressing our deepest gratitude to Emilio for his leadership and his continued partnership to ensure success in November and beyond.

Please feel free to reach us directly with any questions or thoughts. Sera can be reached at sera.day@gmail.com and Aaron at robertsonaaronb@gmail.com. Victory Fund event details and registration can be found here.

With gratitude,

Seferiana Day and Aaron Robertson

Washington Bus and Washington Bus Education Fund Board Presidents

Bus Bash 2018!

Bus Bash 2018!

Let’s celebrate the next generation of leaders! 

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means!

It’s Bus Bash season!

Every summer, the Bus community gathers to celebrate the next generation of leaders! Join other Bus supporters, community members, business and civic leaders, and Bus alumni for food, drinks, music, and more — all in support of the Washington Bus Education Fund, which trains young leaders to organize and connect thier values to civic action.

Tickets to the event are $50. There is also a $25 discounted option for students with ID.

Get your tickets, invite some friends and join us on June 26th!

When

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 From 6:00pm – 8pm

Contact

Email: annie@washingtonbus.org 

Am(bus)ador Sponsor:

Bus Driver Sponsor:

Abracadabra Printing

CN4 Partners

Summit Strategy

Crittenden Family

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

Our Fellowship application is currently closed. Please check back in March 2019!

 

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.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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