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Save the Date: Imagine Us! April 13, 2017

Friends, family, and allies of the 21 Progress community:

Please join us in support of young, diverse, and ready leaders.

Save the date for Imagine Us 2017 set for Thursday, April 13 from 6-9pm at the Filipino Community of Seattle (5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, Washington). Our 2nd annual multicultural ceremony and dinner is dedicated to honoring emerging leaders and will be awarding (5) recipients between the ages of 15-25 committed to equity and justice.

Registration is now OPEN! Don’t miss out,  early bird ticket prices will be available until Tuesday, March 21.
Buy your tickets today:

Stay connected on our Facebook Event as we post updates and reveal this year’s awardees, auction items, entertainment, and food.

We hope to see you there!

*Apologies to everyone on our mailing list. To work in coalition with our partners, we have moved event date originally set on April 21th to April 13th.

Bold Summer Internship Program:
Now Accepting Applications for 2017

Join 21 Progress this summer to learn about social justice education and leadership, impact your community, and meet amazing activists and mentors! The Bold Summer Internship Program allows college students to engage in nonprofit work in the social justice field while making impactful community change. All positions include a stipend and fun perks!

Bold Summer is a fun, innovative, and hands-on internship for passionate and skilled people who are eager to take on challenges and make a lasting difference in their community. We want to share our favorite tools and lessons with people in the community who are exploring their own purpose—both professionally and personally.

Are there any young people in your life who would be interested in applying? Nominate them here!

21 Progress Bold Summer Internship Program

Program Dates: June 26, 2017 – September 1, 2017

Hours: 30-40 hours per week

Application Deadline: The application process is split into two deadlines to provide flexibility and opportunity for interested applicants.

People who submit their application on or before the early deadline are able to receive an internship offer at an earlier date than those who apply after. However, there is no differential consideration for between applicants based on whether they submit their application on March 5 (early deadline) or March 24 (regular deadline).

Early Deadline: March 5, 2017

Regular Deadline: April 2, 2017

To Apply: Complete our online application:

Compensation: Stipend of $1750 is provided.

Perks: Amazing meals (snacks and potluck lunch every other a week), guest speakers, themed work days, and more!

Candidate Profile:

  • Passionate about social justice, all majors welcomed
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Ability to problem solve and work independently
  • Strong online, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and social media
  • Must be at least 18 years old


  • Participate in a team-building, social justice leadership retreat to become oriented with the 21 Progress mission, community, and your Bold Summer cohort
  • Engage in personalized leadership development and intentional mentorship with our staff and community members
  • Collaborate with other Bold Summer Interns to execute community action projects that serve communities of color and immigrant youth—especially working people and the undocumented community.
  • Manage events, workshops, and/or campaigns for professionals and community members that are rooted in passion and purpose
  • Support staff with outreach, strategy, and implementation for programs and services


  • Your strengths as a leader, while working with a hands-on and passionate staff person (Check out 21P’s amazing team here!)
  • How you can personally develop as a social justice activist, within an expansive network of activists and movement builders
  • New hard skills that align with social justice nonprofit work, via first-hand experience working with professionals & clients and tasks that meet your own goals for professional development

Complete & submit the intern application form using the link below. No resume or cover letter required.
Internship positions are competitive. Undergraduates, graduate students and graduating high school senior activists are encouraged to apply early. All applications must be received by April 2, 2017.

Apply online:

Meet our Bold Summer Alumni
Learn what a few past Bold Interns have worked on during their summer at 21 Progress below.
Read full bios for Bold Summer 2016 here.

Allison Masangkay – Bold Summer 2016

Current 21 Progress Creative Project Associate and UW-Seattle Student

In collaboration with several media outlets across Seattle & the International District, Losa (another Bold Summer 2016 Intern) and I created “ImaginAction”—a series of workshops that connected lessons from WWII Japanese-American “internment” camps to anti-Muslim and refugee sentiment to encourage solidarity among diverse young people in King County. While I’d facilitated workshops before, never had I gone into such deep research to create relevant social justice-based curriculum, pitch our workshop to numerous community organizations, and present our workshop to facilitate learning experiences—both for myself and the youth workshop participants—that translated into action plans for positive community change. While some steps of the process genuinely left me exhausted and lost, some of biggest moment of growth came from the guidance of my supervisor and shared tools among the rest of the Bold Summer Interns working alongside me.
[IMAGE CAPTION: A queer femme Filipino-American woman with long hair wears a multicolored-stripe button-up shirt & black satin bomber jacket and laughs with eyes closed while leaning against a chain link fence.]

Michel Baños – Bold Summer 2016

Current 21 Progress Program Assistant and UW-Seattle Student

My time and energy as a Bold Intern was devoted to our Build Your Dream (BYD) Program. BYD is a program that specifically works with our undocumented communities in a variety of ways through workshops, healing activities, art, outreach, and dialogue. On the day to day, I would likely be meeting with families one on one, facilitating a workshop, attending an outreach event, answering phone calls, or working on new curriculum. Admittedly, the job was hard at times, but I reflect back at them now as moments of growth. It was those moments of confusion and challenge, that gave way for a learning opportunity, one that I could ask my mentors for support in. In my time at 21 Progress, I have learned a lot, but most importantly I have learned about how I want to show up for my communities in this work.
[IMAGE CAPTIONS: In left image, three undocumented 21 Progress staff members smile & pose side by side, wearing shirts that say “Undocumented Unafraid Unapologetic,” “Washington Dream Coalition,” and “United We Dream: Undocumented and HERE TO STAY!” respectively. In right image, a 21 Progress volunteer and Michel sit together while tabling at a conference, both wearing their orange 21 Progress t-shirts.]

About 21 Progress
21 PROGRESS runs programs and campaigns that empower leaders among the hard working people of Washington and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice. 21 Progress serves youth and young adults of color, and many who identify as undocumented or immigrant workers and/or students. If you’re interested in learning more about internship or volunteer opportunities, contact 21 Progress at or (206) 829-8382.

Newly Formed Coalition for Undocu K-12 Student Protection



SEATTLE (Dec. 19, 2016) – In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections and wave of hate speech and fear for safety that then followed, concerned community members and community based organizations from the greater King County area came together to form the K-12 Protection For Undocumented Students Coalition.

The works of the coalition is to ensure the physical safety and emotional well-being of King County K-12 children, youth and their families who are undocumented or mixed status. Coalition members work in collaboration to ensure our schools are a safe and inviting for all students and their families because we know this is paramount to students being able to achieve.

The core work of the K-12 Undocu Coalition includes the following:

  • Share accurate and key information
  • Keep undocumented students and families safe: Sign our Statement of Protection
  • Create an Educator’s Toolkit to be distributed on January 20, 2017.
  • Provide community members with training led by coalition partners

To support K-12 Undocumented Students in Washington State, Sign Our Petition HERE.

Coalition partners include: 21 Progress, Colectiva Legal del PuebloLEAPOneAmericaRoadmap ProjectStorytellers For Change, and Washington Dream Coalition.

The coalition does not exclude other marginalized identities such as Muslim students, LGBTQIA+ students, Indigenous students, young womxn and girl students, and students of color or immigrant backgrounds.


409 Maynard Ave S Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98104

P: 206-829-8382 | E:


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21 Progress Receives Emerging Human Rights Group Award

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On December 8th, 21 Progress received the Seattle Human Rights Commission Emerging Human Rights Group award.

In 2011, 21 Progress was founded on the idea that we must unite and develop diverse leaders to end inequality and build thriving communities. We believe that the working class, youth, and diverse folks from all racial, cultural, and gender identities not only are vital for transformative community change, but that transformation can only occur if these leaders are leading the work. Right now, leadership is broken and our work seeks to reclaim, redefine, and imagine leadership as boldly working together for justice.

Our flagship program, Build Your Dream, is the largest provider of financial assistance to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligible youth and leadership development for undocumented youth and young adults in Washington State. Build Your Dream has reached over 5,000 undocumented folks to pursue college, careers, and advocate for migrant rights at all levels, from their own communities to Washington, D.C.

Our community education collaborates with 50 community based organizations, 20 high schools and colleges to deliver leadership curriculum focused on economic justice, human rights, and social change to more than 2,500 students in classrooms. Through digital media campaigns and ethnic media that have reached over 3 million people, and a 5-state social justice pilgrimage through the deep south, we aim to inspire a generation to believe in the power of their voice and to challenge inequality in schools and in the community. Year round, we provide training to 140+ emerging and established leaders to create social change campaigns rooted in imagination, relationship, and purpose.

21 Progress was founded by UFCW 21, a 45,000 member private sector union who continues to be a core partner in our shared work for economic and social justice today. We are truly grateful for the formative partnership of Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, International Examiner, the Fair Work Center, and the Satterberg Foundation. Most importantly, we are deeply in gratitude to our elders, fierce advocates and allies, and a young community of diverse young leaders who allow us to walk alongside them in the pursuit of joy and justice every day. This honor is a challenge to serve more deeply, and we will. 

Featured image courtesy of Seattle Human Rights Commission Twitter – @humanrights206

Community Across Borders: Connecting Undocumented Asians and Pacific Islanders

FAIR! and 21 Progress are launching a new program, Community Across Borders: Connecting Undocumented Asians and Pacific Islanders! Inspired by a common theme of loneliness heard from undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander voices, this program seeks to create a safe space for Undocumented APIs to share stories and build community.

Community Across Borders is hosting a series of four events to kickstart the program:

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 11am – 1pm: Potluck and Meet & Greet!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6pm – 8pm: Dinner & Storytelling (of Immigration Narratives)

Sunday, May 1, 2016, TBD: May Day Poster Prep & March

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11am – 1pm: Lunch & Film Screening

All events will take place at the 21 Progress office: 409 Maynard Avenue S. Suite 202, Seattle WA 98104.

Claim your spot for any and all Community Across Borders events here. We hope to see you there!


Ayulieth’s Story– Journey to Homeowner

My Journey 

I was born in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan. I came to the United States when I was 11 hoping to reunite with my father and brother. Soon after my arrival, my father passed and I returned to Mexico. It was a devastating blow.

I traveled to Washington State again, this time with family, walking for an entire week and many of us sick with fever, and I thought one of us might die. Still, we pressed on, and despite the odds we arrived safely.

Before DACA

As an adult without access to a work permit, I was only able to work low-wage jobs like babysitting and in fast food restaurants. My husband and I, despite our combined incomes, could not cover our expenses. We felt the weight of the world crushing us.

What would we do if we couldn’t pay our rent? What if we couldn’t afford to eat? When our family grew by two beautiful boys, I worried that we couldn’t give them a stable life because my employment options as an undocumented immigrant were limited.  For my sons, I refused to give up.

Applying for DACA

Although I was excited about Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I hesitated to apply. I kept asking myself: “What will happen if the program ends?” “ What if my application is denied?” “ What if I do not qualify?” 

I made the hard decision to apply, and went through 21 Progress and the Build Your Dream Program. I was relieved to learn that there was financial assistance for the DACA application. 21 Progress provided not only DACA loans but also a workshop on loan education and financial empowerment.  After finishing the workshop, the staff continued to help anytime I called.

After DACA

I was approved and received DACA in June 2015.  Through the BYD workshop, I learned that I could also build credit with the social security number and that the credit that I built with my ITIN number could be transferred. This powerful piece of information propelled me on the path that led me to homeownership.

I transferred my credit history to my new social security number and completed all the necessary steps to apply to purchase my new home.

As a result of DACA,

  • I don’t have to fear deportation and being separated from my children
  • I can attend college
  • I feel more confident to ask for promotions and speak about my skills
  • I received a promotion and am now Floor Manager of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill  
  • Our financial situation is stable and I can spend more time with my family

Dream Come True

On August 17, 2015, I received the keys to my first home! I, my husband Giovanni and our young sons Franco and Ernesto now live in a safe community where the boys can grow and play.  My dream was to see my children grow up in our very own home,  and I’ve achieved it. Applying for DACA and attending the Build Your Dream workshop was one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made.

If you want to invest in immigrant communities and help build a strong foundation for the next generation of youth of color, consider a donation today. With your support, you’ll open doors for families like mine to make Washington home.