The Backbone and The Partnership
Eastside Pathways consists of a “backbone” organization and a partnership of many organizations and individuals.
The Eastside Pathways backbone supports the broader partnership. The backbone’s roles include convening and facilitating, data collection and reporting, communications, and community outreach. Our goal is to keep the backbone small, to utilize community volunteers, and to let other organizations and groups take the lead whenever possible. The Eastside Pathways backbone is a nonprofit organization started in 2011 and governed by a board of directors.
Eastside Pathways partnership includes the Bellevue School District, the City of Bellevue, social service nonprofits, community-based organizations, parent groups, businesses, funders, families, and youth.
Changes in Bellevue
Bellevue is becoming increasingly diverse both ethnically and economically:
- 86 languages are spoken in our schools
- 30 percent of students’ first language is not English
- 20 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch
As a community, we believe that everyone can succeed. Our district wide high school graduation rate is around 90 percent, but for low-income students and English language learners, graduation rates are closer to 70 percent. By 2018, 67 percent of jobs in Washington are expected to require post-secondary education, yet we have students who aren't even finishing high school. We won't accept the idea of any child failing. We can fix this and we will fix this.
For more information about Bellevue’s community, see our 2015 Community Report.