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Feel Good Friday: Women to Watch, Back-to-School Boxes, and School of Rock

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Women to Watch

Earlier this week, we introduced our Women to Watch cohort for 2021. This year’s picks range from a chocolatier to a mayor. Get to know these five lovely women and the joy they have brought to the region here

Issaquah Rock Academy

If you liked the rock ‘n’ roll tunes in School of Rock, you’ll love the real thing in Issaquah. The Kaleidoscope School of Music’s Rock Academy bands return to the stage this Saturday for the Downtown Issaquah Art Walk and Music Stroll. Head to the Issaquah Library to hear tween, teen, and adult bands play beloved rock hits. While you’re there, check out other art and music. Learn more about the Rock Academy bands here

Tech Training for Formerly Incarcerated People

Formerly incarcerated people are now able to acquire software development skills with help from Coding Dojo, a global tech education company. In collaboration with the Prison Scholar Fund, the tech company will host a 14-week coding training program with paid living stipends and fully cover tuition costs. The program was created to bridge the post-prison employment gap and help diminish reincarceration rates. Learn more here

Back-to-School Boxes

Back to school season is on the horizon, but some students lack the resources to prepare. The Renton-based nonprofit Ruby Room is aiming to solve this problem that statewide. The organization is seeking community aid in filling 50 to 100 RubyRox Boxes, a care package sent to foster youth, with items needed to support academic success. During the May launch, 50 boxes were donated for Foster Care Awareness Month. Learn more about the organization here

A New Nonprofit in Town

EastHUB, a nonprofit backed by Microsoft, aims to boost Eastside’s arts and culture initiatives as tech booms in the area. The new organization strives to gauge existing local government, business, art, and cultural efforts to distinguish needs, desires, and fundraising opportunities. With this knowledge, EastHUB hopes to create space for new arts and culture programs, such as theaters and music venues. Learn more about the new nonprofit here