Burien’s New Futures to merge with Southwest Youth & Family Services


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Effective April 29, Burien’s New Futures will merge with Southwest Youth & Family Services, according to a statement released Thursday (April 18).

The merger will create “one stronger, more versatile organization primed to reach more families in southwest Seattle and King County,” the announcement said. “This integration reflects a shared belief in the power of self-determination for families. The merger will make it possible to apply greater resources and increase support to families as they determine for themselves the best ways to empower their children and build resilience.”

“I first approached Southwest Youth & Family Services in 2012 about our interest in a merger because of their track record, integrity and cultural sensitivity,” said Jenn Ramirez Robson, Executive Director, New Futures.

Robson’s is one of the few roles that will change post-merger, as she becomes the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Southwest Youth & Family Services, with a focus on fundraising and community outreach.

Steve Daschle, Executive Director, Southwest Youth & Family Services shares Ms. Robson’s enthusiasm for the benefits of the merger:

“By combining our strengths in service delivery, we will be better able to address the growing educational and social service needs of low-income families across southwest Seattle and King County. We can immediately connect our counseling and educational services, and solidify our role as family advocates with local school districts.”

New Futures will gain administrative support, the financial stability of an organization twice its size and increased access to even more services for participants. Southwest Youth & Family Services will expand its service area, increase its ability to serve more people through its program offerings and broaden staff expertise.

New Futures programs will continue under the umbrella of Southwest Youth & Family Services. Key partners of both organizations, such as the King County Housing Authority, United Way of King County, the Highline School District, the Cities of Burien and SeaTac, and The Seattle Foundation have expressed their support for the merger.

“Please come and celebrate with us at our May 1st Get Inspired! Benefit Breakfast: Register online at www.newfutures.org.”

About New Futures:
New Futures’ mission is to partner with families in their communities and with educators to ensure that children succeed in school and life. Our integrated, culturally relevant programs build skills, foster connectedness, and promote strengths. We operate vibrant community learning centers at three low-income apartment complexes in South King County. New Futures provides on-site children and youth, family, and community-building programs for over 1,800 people on an annual basis. Learn more at www.newfutures.org.

About Southwest Youth & Family Services:
With a commitment spanning nearly 33 years, Southwest Youth & Family Services helps people use their own strengths to make what they want of their lives. We work to create an environment in which culturally and economically diverse families thrive and children succeed in education, work and life. Children, youth and families engage in education, early literacy, counseling, case management and family support services in White Center, South Park, Delridge, and West Seattle. Learn more at www.swyfs.org.

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