Published November 23 2021
Keynote will highlight need for civic engagement, volunteerism
The community is invited to a graduation ceremony for the city’s resident-focused civic engagement course, Bellevue Essentials. Members of the public will join virtually with 31 course graduates, their families and friends on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., to learn more about the program and experience a moving keynote speech from Randy Eng, executive director of Jubilee REACH.
The graduation is a chance for the community to honor the Bellevue Essentials Class of 2021 as they take their place as leaders in our community and offers all attendees insight into the thinking of a current community leader with a strong vision for the future.
Eng leads a Bellevue nonprofit that builds community through human service support to children and families in our region, including school and community programs, a hospitality center and a thrift store. During the pandemic, Jubilee REACH has been on the front line of community response and resilience.
Eng’s talk, “A Community on a Mission,” will highlight continued community needs and the importance of volunteerism and civic engagement if we are to succeed in maintaining a strong and resilient city. Over the past 13 years, Eng has been a volunteer, donor and member of the advocacy board and board of directors of Jubilee REACH. He joined the staff as executive director in 2016.
Mayor Lynne Robinson will offer welcoming comments, joined by 2021 class speaker Abigail Brown and Brian Ugai, president of Bellevue Essentials Alumni.
Bellevue Essentials is a 10-week civic engagement program for emerging leaders. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 class experienced their Bellevue Essentials learning through interactive Zoom presentations and activities. The graduation will take place via Zoom as well. To join the graduation, log in via Zoom using the information below:
Meeting ID: 990 0335 3186
The next Bellevue Essentials course applications will be available in May 2022. For information on future participation in the Bellevue Essentials program, please contact Julie Ellenhorn at 425-452-5372 or email@example.com.
For alternate formats, interpreters or reasonable accommodation requests please phone 425-452-6917 (voice) or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance. For complaints regarding accommodations, contact the city's ADA/Title VI administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing dial 711.