We are Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC).
We ignite transformation and build intergenerational leaders of change

through transformative education and social justice leadership development.
Our Theory
of Change
We design programs to build strong, literate, and empowered scholars prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world.
We partner with local public schools,
community partners, students and families, to create a collective vision for equitable education that is culturally responsive, trauma-informed and restorative.
Our Response to COVID-19

In response to schools closing as a result of COVID-19, WA-BLOC began its Feed the Beach effort on Friday, 
March 13, 2020 to bring food justice to students and families 
in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. We fundraised over $50k to sustain this effort through August 2021. WA-BLOC reinvested those funds into the Black and brown restaurants, caterers and chefs in southeast Seattle that prepared the meals for the weekly Feed the Beach events, hosted at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza. In the fall of 2020, this effort was adapted into a delivery model to support families at Rainier Beach High School. Since March 13, 2020 over 7,000 hot meals and $50k in one-time rent relief checks were distributed to students and families in the Rainier Beach community as a result of our rapid-response programming. Check out this KCTS9 Crosscut feature to find out more about our Feed the Beach efforts.

reinvested into black 
and brown restaurants
hot meals
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New Restorative Justice Team Member!

Date Published: 2/19/2021

Afam Ayika, an EPIC organizer who was leading...

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Summer BLOC Organizing

Date Published: 9/22/2020

In June, WA-BLOC partnered with the youth-led...

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A Look Back at the 2019-2020 School Year

Date Published: 6/2/2020

During our 2019-2020 school year programming at...

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