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