Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

SCIDdpda’s IDEA Space: Public Safety Program Fellow (2015)


Since 1975, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) has strived ensure community members of all income levels, ages, and ethnicities can live and thrive in our neighborhood. Our mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.

Historically, the Chinatown International District has been a culturally-vibrant, welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. However, our community continually struggles with a host of ongoing challenges. Over time, as our neighborhood population became increasingly low-income and our affordable housing stock began to decay, families were forced to move away. Senior housing also became substandard, and the economic vitality of the neighborhood businesses began to suffer. Encroaching, fast-paced development, including stadiums and freeways, and the rising cost of living near downtown continually threaten to displace and destroy our traditional community.

In response to these challenges, SCIDpda was formed by the community to revitalize our neighborhood through economic and community development that preserves our community’s multi-ethnic culture and heritage. Today our work falls into these focus areas: culturally responsive Senior Services, Affordable Housing, Commercial Properties, Community Engagement, and Economic Development.


Fellowship Position

The Carlson Civic Fellow will be working in our IDEA Space program, which is the community resource and development center in the Chinatown International District (CID). Our program focuses on community engagement and economic development, and within these areas we work on issues of public safety, façade improvement, building preservation, and small business assistance. The Carlson Civic Fellow will be assisting in our public safety area. We look at economic development from a holistic perspective—there are many factors that play into a neighborhoods growth economically and engaging in issues around public safety is key.

The Carlson Civic Fellow will be aiding us in two very specific areas that not only address public safety, but engage and connect residents and community members:

  1. Assisting us in re-launching our Neighborhood Block Watch Program, which was developed roughly four years ago with a focus on crime prevention and ownership of the streets. Residents, employees, business owners, and families all participate in the block watch for community empowerment, efficacy, and cohesion. The program was put on hold about a year ago, we would like the Carlson Civic Fellow to aid us in working with the IDEA Space staff and the community to bring it back. The Neighborhood Block Watch occurs twice a week, in the evening, for one hour.
  2. Assisting IDEA Space staff in planning and implementing the neighborhood Spring Clean. This year’s Spring Clean will be on April 25, 2015. This event is organized in partnership with the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area, City Year, and is sponsored by Comcast. Last year, around 500 individuals volunteered at various projects around the CID. The Carlson Civic Fellow will assist is in recruiting projects and volunteers, as well as the day of logistics (handing our cleaning materials, t-shirts, snacks) and post-event wrap-up and feedback.


For this position, we need an individual with:

  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, and organizational skills.
  • The ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  • Experience in event planning and volunteer coordination is a bonus, but the Fellow will have guidance and support from IDEA Space staff.