Igniting transformation and building leaders of change through revolutionary education and social justice leadership development

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Our Location

WA-BLOC is a grassroots organization based in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of southeast Seattle.


School Partners:

Rainier Beach High School: 8815 Seward Park Ave S

Emerson Elementary School: 9209 60th Ave S

Business Address: 1225 S Weller St. Suite #400 Seattle WA 98144

Our Theory of Change

WA-BLOC programming is designed to build strong, literate, and empowered scholars prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world.

WA-BLOC partners with local public schools (primarily Rainier Beach High School and Emerson Elementary School) community partners, and most importantly, our students and families, to create a collective vision for equitable education that is culturally responsive, trauma-informed and restorative.

WA-BLOC’s Mission & Vision

Our mission is to empower academic, creative, community-connected lifelong leaders through high-impact academic and “place-based” social justice leadership development.

Our vision is for South Seattle to be a thriving nucleus of Black and Brown excellence where community-based, intergenerational leaders Harambee [come together] for equitable transformative education and liberation.

WA-BLOC achieves this vision through year-round educational programming that re-engages students in school, dismantles systemic racism, and disrupts the school to prison pipeline for black and brown youth in South Seattle. 

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From Our Families

My chocolate daughters have learned the beauty of their own skin.  They are both aware of the significance of our African roots.  I appreciate the teachers and staff for looking like the community they are serving.”

– Freedom Schools Parent

Our News & Announcements


As cofounder of Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC), Rainier Beach native Jerrell Davis, 26, utilizes intergenerational leadership, restorative justice... Over time, students took up the social justice cause with the support of local community...

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