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“Family stabilization, reunification and the safety each youth are the primary goals of Y.E.S.”

The only program of its kind in Pend Oreille County, Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.) supports youth from ages 12 to 18 in finding safe living conditions. Y.E.S. believes that all youth deserve love, respect and a living environment free of violence, drugs and exploitation. Y.E.S. serves youth afflicted by poverty and homelessness, offering emergency or …

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Kalispel Tribe gives unemployed community members vocational training

The unemployment rate for Native Americans in Pend Oreille County – which includes the Kalispel Reservation – is almost five times the state rate. Older workers are retiring fast, and young adults often lack the skills necessary to replace them. In addition, the housing shortage on the Kalispel Reservation is responsible for major overcrowding, with …

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Couple creates scholarship fund for high-achieving students with financial need

As the first person in his extended family to earn a college degree, Mark Burkett knows firsthand the difference higher education can make in one’s life. Thanks to a scholarship, Mark was able to attend the University of Pacific, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. Now retired after a successful 26-year career in …

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College Spark Foundation honors education advocate with fund for low-income families

When Christie Querna completed her work on the Spokane School Board and the College Spark Foundation Board, she did not retire her passion for education. During her tenure on the Innovia Foundation Board of Directors, Innovia Foundation began work on an initiative in Spokane Public Schools to improve graduation rates.  In 2014, when Christie completed …

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