You’ve helped 123 student parents and their families this year

Dear Friends of Goodwin Connections,

We are nearing the end of the school year and we’ll soon see 34 of our student parents graduating from our program with their certificates and degrees in hand. They’ve been through a lot these last two years and you’ve been with them every step of the way.

In fact, throughout this past school year you’ve supported 123 student parents, 177 of their children, and 473 family members in total with childcare tuition, basic essentials, and more!

As part of our program, all parents are eligible for career development opportunities–geared toward student parents–to help support them in their job search.

Last month, Goodwin hosted an in-person College to Career event, where students received complimentary headshots and resume and cover letter reviews. Over the summer, we’ll continue to make networking introductions between our student parents and volunteer Career Connectors to help with informational interviews and workplace contacts.

And, when there is a partnership to be made that will benefit our families educationally, we want to help make that connection for them. So we jumped at the chance to connect with our newest partner.

In April, Goodwin became one of the first nonprofit affiliates in King County/WA state to connect with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Because of this new statewide partnership, all the children in our program, ages 0-4, will receive books mailed to their homes each month. Since April, 449 books have been delivered!

We so appreciate your commitment to the success of our families.

With much gratitude,

Maggie Skinner
Executive Director

Capital One Cafe
We want to give a special Team Goodwin thanks our year-round sponsor, Capital One Café. From supporting our fall and winter fundraisers Gather for Goodwin and JOYful Giving to sponsoring our Student Parent Career Kit–now available to any student parent attending our local colleges–they have been with our student parents throughout this whole year cheering them on as they work toward brighter financial futures for their families.

For more information and to see everything the Capital One Cafés have to offer, check out or stop by the Café in South Lake Union or Bellevue.

Meet Viktoria

Viktoria came to Goodwin four years ago as a recent Belarusian immigrant trying to create a better life for her young family. Back in Belarus, she had been a healthcare worker in infant cardiac care. But here in the U.S. she discovered that her medical credentials and schooling units had no academic value and she had to start again at square one.

After a long road and hard work, Viktoria is graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic ultrasound from Seattle University and will start her career, where she will once again be able to save babies’ hearts and lives.

“I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to go to college without Goodwin Connections’ support and assistance throughout my whole educational journey of a fresh immigrant, a first-generation college graduate, and a parent.” –Viktoria

Goodwin is incredibly proud to be able to support Viktoria as she applies her skills and talents in a field so important to her, and that so many babies and their families will benefit from her training and expertise in the future. Many Congrats to Viktoria and her daughter on their graduations. Her daughter, who we met when she was 1, is graduating preschool this spring and is more than ready to start kindergarten this fall.


Goodwin Connections welcomes a new Board President this June

Goodwin Connections’ Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Annabel Quintero will become Goodwin’s Board President as of June 21, 2022. She will be the first woman of color to lead the Board in Goodwin’s history.

Recent Board Presidents, Terry Dessert and Carolyn Banks will remain on the Board of Directors in the Immediate Past President and Treasurer roles, respectively.

Annabel has served as a Goodwin board member for more than two years and has been chair of its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee for the past year. As a mom who identifies as Afro-Indigenous Latina and earned her Master’s in Education Policy while single-parenting, she knows firsthand what many student parents face while earning a degree.

“I know what it is like to juggle so many priorities, I’ve been through it,” Quintero said. “Parenting young children, having a job, and focusing on excelling in college courses simultaneously can be immensely overwhelming. The strength and determination of our families is remarkable. It’s such an honor to be a part of such an equitable organization that supports parents experiencing a challenging socio-economic situation as they go from surviving to truly thriving.”

Goodwin’s Family Connections Program supports student parents from the first day they enter the program through graduation day and into their careers. By assisting with out-of-pocket childcare expenses, basic needs support, career development opportunities, and providing connections to resources, Goodwin serves student parents in the ways they need it most to be successful in their schooling and ultimately their career. Goodwin’s graduates go on to become nurses, teachers, scientists, tech workers, and social workers in our region. This spring and summer, 34 student parents will graduate with their certificates and college degrees.

“Annabel has demonstrated her vibrant leadership since she became a part of Goodwin’s Board of Directors. Her life and work experiences will bring a dynamic perspective to our board and organization, said Maggie Skinner, Executive Director of Goodwin Connections. “Having been on a similar journey, Annabel can really connect with our student parents and has been integral in guiding Goodwin into our new chapter. I look forward to working with her even more closely to create access to educational opportunities and economic stability for all parents in our region.”

In January 2022, Terry Dessert stepped down from the role of President, a position she held for nearly 6 years. In her time as Board President, she saw the organization evolve through a great deal of change and growth. Goodwin is where it is today because of Terry Dessert’s love for Goodwin’s mission and families.

Carolyn Banks, the Board’s current Treasurer, stepped in to act as the Interim President from January and into June 2022. Goodwin is incredibly grateful for all of their guidance these many years and especially throughout the pandemic. Both Terry and Carolyn are excited to support Annabel in her new leadership role.

About Annabel Quintero
Annabel Quintero is a certified wellness coach, best-selling author, workshop leader, public speaker, and DEI strategist. Annabel’s approach centers on holistic wellness practices and helps leaders identify roots of bias and consider the value of multiple cultural lenses.

Annabel received her Master’s Degree in Education Policy & Leadership from the University of Washington’s College of Education and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Washington. In 2018, Annabel ran as a candidate for Washington State Senate’s 34th District. And in 2021, she released her first memoir, an autobiography called Step Step Jump, her story of surviving September 11th, where she transforms trauma into triumph from the 46th Floor.

About Goodwin Connections
As one of Seattle’s longest-running nonprofits, Goodwin Connections has been building brighter futures for families since 1907.

Educational opportunities are a powerful catalyst for parents who want to build financial stability and give rise to generational change. 1 in 5 college students are parenting, and Goodwin’s Family Connections Program is centered around the needs of these student parents as they work toward their college degrees or trade certifications. Goodwin supports parents in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

For parents, the extremely high cost of childcare is one of the most significant barriers to completing a degree or certification. When families enter our program, their children receive access to quality early learning experiences that help prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Our program’s two-generational approach is a genuine “win-win” for families.

When student parents have access to affordable and consistent high-quality childcare, it opens the doors for parents to:

  • Attend college full time. Students can focus on their studies and have peace of mind that their child is in a safe learning environment.
  • Do well in school. Our students average a quarterly 3.67 GPA.
  • Graduate in a timely manner. 96% of our student parents graduate on time.
  • Launch a career. Graduates are given access to resources and tools for a successful transition from high-performing student into thriving in the workforce.
  • Ensure future educational accomplishments for their children. 73% of our parents are first-generation college students. When parents graduate from college, it is more likely that their children will attend college.

Meet Elena

Thanks to support from her loving family and the Goodwin community, Elena is on her way to achieving her dream career in construction management. It’s a journey she started years ago, in her home country of Colombia, and is now within reach as she looks to complete her associate degree in Spring 2022.

We sat down with Elena to learn more about her journey so far and what’s on the horizon. Read more.

Celebrating 115 years of building “good wins” for families

Dear Friends of Goodwin Connections,

This year’s Impact Report is more than just a review of our last fiscal year—it’s a milestone and reflection of what this organization has come to mean in the 115 years it’s been serving the greater Seattle community. In addition to our legacy of always helping families get ahead, we’ve become a vital community resource, supporting our essential workforce of childcare providers who nurture and care for our young ones, and connecting parents to local colleges and universities that open doors to all of higher education’s possibilities.

Goodwin exists today because of the power of human connection. Our organization began in 1907 as a way for women to come together to make a difference. Women gathered in giving circles, forming bonds that have lasted for decades. And through those many meetings and conversations, they have been able to work towards change and progress to meet the emerging needs of the community. Read more.

A tribute to Joy

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Goodwin’s longest-supporting member, Joy Goodenough, passed away at the age of 85. She began attending events with her mother when she was a young girl and her dedication to our organization’s cause continued throughout her life.

Joy Goodenough (far right) as a kindergartner modeling for a style show put on by her mother’s (Sally Vanasse) giving circle to benefit Seattle Milk Fund in the 1940s.

Joy became a member in 1959 and began the beloved Katherine B. Friele Circle. Over the years, she introduced many of her cherished friends and neighbors to the organization. A consummate leader, she would often mentor other women, encourage new members, and support Board Presidents. Read more.

Strength, in their words

Our student parents inspire us every single day. Each year, 96% of student parents in our program stay on track to graduation day. Their personal courage and love for their children matched with their persistence and resourcefulness keep them focused on building brighter futures for their families.

Twice a year, we welcome new student parents into our program, and every quarter, we witness parents graduate college and embark on their new careers. The coordinated ebb and flow of our program keeps us in a positive forward motion— welcoming new families and celebrating the triumphs of our grads as they finish their degrees and land new jobs.

Read more.

Meet Uyen

“When I came to the U.S. as an adult in 2015, I had to start everything over again for my new life. I went back to school because only education can make my dream come true. Since I have been a single parent, I understand that I need to be stronger, and I do not want to stop my studies again. I am a new student in the energy field now. I chose my concentration as Sustainable Power Systems. I want to learn about energy sources and how they work.”

-Uyen, Engineering, South Seattle College in King County

Meet Sarah

“I truly believe my GPA was because of this program. Having the childcare stipend helped make it possible for my toddler to be in childcare full time and that gave me the time to focus on my studies and self-care, so really, THANK YOU!!!”

-Sarah, Nursing, Pacific Lutheran University in Pierce County

Meet our soon-to-be graduates!

Throughout the school year, we’ve featured students in their last year of college. Julie, Ray, and Aminah are on their way to graduation day. Because of your support they are going to cross that finish line and into a career they are passionate about and one that can build brighter futures for their families.