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Guests Hugo Garcia, Rick Jones, Jenny Walden, and Alan Pritz join Greg and Deanna to discuss issues affecting our community right here in the Northwest.

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Welcome to good morning it's conversations I'm your host Craig Thomas passed thanks for spending some time with us this weekend joining me this segment is Rick Jones our marketing CEO and author of analog advice in the digital world a baby boomers words of wisdom for the millennial generation good morning sir. Good morning to join us as we look at issues that affect us here at home and our community and across the nation. As a culture that seems to have plenty of educational opportunities for those that can pay or take on debt. It feels a bit like toward TV eating away from a time of vocational training into a you must have a degree. To succeed to type or the problem many students emerging from school now or in recent years are finding a world without adequate employment opportunities. Couple that with student loan debt. And it's back to mom and dad's basement. Around Washington MA before this time of YouTube looked up. Rick Jones is marketing mind may have some age old wisdom for a group that probably needs to hear it. But how much of that wisdom holds true from our parents or their parents. Is there a shift that we need to consider all fired up so Rick circumstances that sent all of these students to college only to find out they don't. Have a plethora of jobs waiting when they got out. Well I think we probably contributed to their. Feelings that everybody lies get to trophy. And you know the truth is and relative nobody doesn't get a trophy I think we've also done a disservice and really colleges and universities have done a disservice to kids are piling on significant amounts of debt. Toward agrees that in many cases are liberal large categories that didn't have any specificity. In terms of the job opportunity but I also think there are a lot of jobs out there they're just entry level drops. And we have a generation that doesn't seem to want to start at the bottom. And that bodes for problem. Are still jobs there. As the as the fight to get them changed or is it just the people trying to get them. Well I think the people were changed a little bit. Clearly the jobs should change little bread the other thing is baby boomers like myself we're not exiting the building as early as others have in the passed in many cases were staying. Actively involved in businesses. But my book is really about. I would say civics and values. That would give any generation ahead that you know this this particular millennial generation is extremely talented. They are or how he educated in many ways they're totally colorblind in terms of prejudices in the marketplace but it seems that they lacks some of the basics. Of old fashioned work ethic and you know they don't wanna build a career one brook connect. Hustling kidded meal a day about hiring a young person than they sit in other started on Monday and wondered why they weren't. Senior vice president bills Tuesday. And I think part of that assist the lack of context. Of what it takes to starter career. And grow more career over the long ball. And I Ritson more than the average level of debt carried by students was about 30000. Dollars when they exit college. If you're if the jobs aren't there to pay off that debt if they fifths of the people are willing to. Jumped into these difficult entry level positions how sustainable is this system the we're creating. Well a couple things are happening I think and I think they're both bad ward is I think there is a movement that that the students still like deep down inside they don't owe them money. That they never played the part of everybody back in the truth has someone blown them that money can someone with a viable business. Is expecting that I also ordered to. Achieved the profits that they have projected. Now we've got to present the United States that seems to mention you don't have to pay back. And in many cases I think they're looking for institutional. Relief for institutional support of some of those types of banks. The truth is those 30000 dollars is not too. It's an insurmountable. Task if you're willing to make sacrifices to pay it back. At that range you may have to give up four dollar cups of coffee you may have to give up you know Torrey dollar movies twice a week you may have to give up the latest. I suppose you may have to give up. A number of things over eight sustainable period of time in order to do that but I think also a problem is for the next generation. Is dole beat food to by the trappings. Of a Korean name and education. You mentioned earlier in the introduction about the lack of vocational training there are so many vocational jobs right now especially technology and healthcare. And yet we somehow was Americans have demean those degrees so we accept those are not as important. This may be degrees from major colleges or. Ivy League colleges and that's just not the truth about. Hard hundreds of people in my career. I don't believe robbery and asking me up pornographic that. It can you do the job we're seeing you not do the job. And I think a lot of young people are not taking advantage of community colleges and local. State institutions where they would get a great degree and in many cases emerge throughout in the dim at all. What knowledge still applies from when the baby boomers were baby boom. Well I'll give you a couple of examples early or the things that. That I found this essay baby boomer when I was coming along I had mid course. I looked. Al took and those that were older than be the kid got me along the way of communication they were family members. Many cases they were community members. Coach is. Ministers. Teachers. And clearly what so I got into the workforce I had Alderman course that provided a degree of wisdom that seemed to this generation. Is trying to find all their information from each other or from the Internet and so I've got a couple of children that are. In this age group without reminded them just could you read it only had said government troops. And what I think has happened right now what we have no shortage of information. But we seem to have a shortage of wisdom and I think part of that sort of wisdom. Is there unwillingness to reach out to older people and say hey what do you think can you got me all that so that's one example. I the other example though is you know the best way to kill time is to work at the desk. Yeah there's no shortcut. To success not for long term success. And you've got to be willing to elect this or build. Your career in your life. Brick by operate. With incremental improvements in incremental steps up all the way. You know part of the problem is that they were social digital media is that a lot of colonial city. What they perceive to be overnight successes. You know someone releases of the problem that makes welcome to money someone younger is that a motion picture somebody as a TV show somebody does this or does that. Those are our water exposure no real sustainable opportunities. And so I think we've got to go back trump giving them to understand that to build a community that is America. It's all about everybody making contributions all the way and those are all usually small contributions that aggregate lead at up to be. Big big you know changing contribution. To think more meals have it any harder starting out than their parents perhaps did. I think part of it is expectations you know how do you define a forward. I do believe this generation and if it may be default sort baby boomer parents like myself this generation has been over more pampered. They're not this thick skin to in many cases they didn't have jobs I don't know I don't know your background but I had my first job. As a paper boy in the fourth grade. I started so mistletoe at Christmas is eleven year old and did it all the way through college. Are always had a job. It is a funny turn away a lot of the jobs that traditional teenagers used to have now older people have those jobs. And I think when you go. Have those entry level cut. In many cases meaningless jobs. To settle would do that anymore or I got to work really hard not to do that for the rest of my life. You know learned some of the skills that are that are needed and so you tend to come into the workplace. Maybe a little bit. You know feeling a little bit entitled to is and the truth is. Mean nobody should feel entitled to my dad used to say to meet repeatedly. So the world does not so you're living. And I think for millennial clear that they do understand they're not note any thing they will an employer. Or community or society. We're speaking a lock to win meals right now. But how is how important is that the people of the older generation's turn and trying to help out the Moline meals that are sort of lost. You know my mother was of the old southern. Who lady Greg didn't. She had a very yet shifting your expression she should you know but he sometimes you have to tell people to go to hell of Beckham look forward to the threw up. I think we need to be able to educate millennial senate's general way. You'll love being helpful way to say look we give me some suggestions on how are you. Can improve you know me we're still saying no one. That cares what you think until they met though much sear. And then I think it's really important. That. There were able to communicate to them. And I think over communications. From older. Importers are parents or men course in this generation this critical work things out do what our young person this. Our former job at the last in the go to another Rubin right Dell what they think. I had an all right bill without had noble trade papers. And that. You know that it produces a lot of confusion right from the get go slowly over communicating. And communicating and hopeful. Way that's not so much of deluge or some right you're wrong but. Let me just tell you something's I learned some stumbled pedal all the way that may help you and keep from having those couples problems. Now similar Lee what advice can you give to companies that might be looking to hire or just speed a small companies big companies whoever it is they're looking to hire from the small and you'll match. Well I I do believe their wallets impossible to cut simply you know promote. Young people I think you have to give them new learning some new challenges along the way it a lot of time some almost certainly there Rosemary and they'll say have got ten years of experience and awfully well I could tell you really have. Warn your experience repeated ten times. And him are you stole that they were they war to constantly grow and learn to be challenged and have. Fresh things to do so I think. You've got to be able to assert yourself up to get them involved a lot of other ways and then give them. You know permission to console war it's in in medications also think they work extremely well and in the in groups. And they're unique groups that they're not hire our school. You know we have upped our whole society in many cases where there's a ball so that this management that is labor. That a war with this group's so much this group's almost like the motion picture industry worried a a group of talented people come together to a project in the been displaying it and sought a communication issue due out king's memorial school work together you can live. Different one to breathe the so called leader. Each. And that facilitates more of what kind of team building stay at port. Rick Jones as CEO of fish bait marketing you can find out more about everything he's talked about here today and analog advice in the digital world a baby boomers words of wisdom for the millennial generation. And Rick Jones fish faced. Dot com Rick thank you so much for joining us this morning. Great I appreciate conversations to the public affairs program stations. Welcome to conversations I'm your host Tina crews things happening in time with us this. And joining me in this segment. Is our guest reverend Alan Al prince whose author of meditation as a way of life hi Alan it okay there are highly happy new year well thanks Specter yeah yeah well it's a new year a lot to New Year's resolutions and meet it's eating me. Is your goal OK or maybe you know you're looking for are on being a little less stressful which meditation cal or more time for yourself. Com so tell me little bit about your book. Yeah well thanks for asking. You know I basically it's have. Quote that came out and September of 2014 and the title meditation as a way of life philosophy and practice and it's fundamentally is rooted in the teachings. I yelled it you know vehicle and the edge that the principles and practices and everything included in there are universal self. I basically made. The real concerted effort to try take get to the hardest things without mixing people up with a variety of particulars so that everybody can pursue its participating. Get value from that and a big goal for meditation with different people depends upon. Really what they're looking for I've found in many years of teaching that. Folks and they have a different sense about whether meditation is and so one of the purposes of them my book is really address that from a classical perspective and give people very solid information about that. And then other particulars about it you know I go case by case with those but the book is very solid bit of information. Help people build and perpetuate a practice. OK and I mean a lot of people they may do you got but they don't really prime we do the meditation part of it back on so. I was reading here it's basically. Is it kind of bill based on you how easy it is a yoga non dot. Yeah that's correct. Well yeah if it has and what is not yet healed and on the as his spiritual master of the yoga tradition they came to the United States in 1920. It is the first that the Soviet masters that actually. Stated and taught he had he can he stayed in the western made that is camps the base if you will for 32 years. And he is really Dennis seminal figure. And the growth of yoga and the way ounce down one and is the most notable book is called autobiography of the you know be. And yet he has particular orientation of the field is very much about the deeper spiritual aspects those that involved meditation and yoga for many people they you know they identify much of that with the physical exercises that don't really from a classical perspective those are just kind of likable warmup that some people might use. If your marathon runner you'd use and stretching etc. but the real event is that 26 mile run well we have. Yoga itself yoga means uniting their soul to spirit and it really is about realizing one's self as a spiritual being directly the physical exercises really helped to compliment meditative practice by allowing a person to. He's still. And be on encumbered by physical ailments and complaints. But it really isn't much deeper thing and yoga and on that that happens in my particular tradition and practice. And things that I studied for years and so really I'm writing about stuff that I know and do. Okay which is important because you know you definitely want someone who's going to be talking about an area that they know the Al. Com or yakking you tell me what makes your book unique I mean there's hundreds and thousands of meditation books out there why this one. Yeah well that's the great question. Personally I think that two things first saw it. For those that are kind of in the know yoga Nande is that the legendary figure it's kind of like if you're talking about classical music. You'd say The Beatles everybody knows The Beatles don't I mean these are figures that nobody have to think twice about in the other world yoga and Honda. And autobiography of the yelled get his work if that's the gold standard. What is the real vocal when it comes to deep spiritual. Practiced with meditations and what it's all about self. The very fact that. And I I don't mean to piggyback off as more alike can but the fact is that. I. If if you're working with somebody and you kind of it to react to that send them to an immediate disciples somebody don't need you wind up having some kind of cachet that way. And then my particular case I'm kind of chill ordinary I've been doing this stuff for 32 years. In this tradition that I'm not like one of the notable people that was right there with yoga and on this so I have a kind of every man in the trenches approach. Yet at the same time very classically aligns so I'm speaking from the perspective of perhaps the peace student instead of the valedictorian. Kind. Can you allow some people are private listening in and never tried meditation. On what are some of the benefits of meditation. Well you know there's a lot and the sciences in with a lot of different studies says Dion about meditation. And he's just to name a feud there's tremendous host of health benefits from reducing blood pressure boosting the immune system. Enhancing creativity. Benefiting people's social and emotional skills. Dealing with insomnia depression. Anger issues addiction issues and and there are a lot of help things. Social skills kinds of things and mental emotional work life balance things. I always felt like to bring it back and tell people that you know at their very core they're deeper than just their body and their minds and the fundamental drives of all people are looking for fulfillment and so meditation really take the person to the heart the core. Essence of their beings where and threw an abiding and unconditional fulfillment way he had it helps to fortified people and that deepest regards. So your book meditation as a way of life is it cannot help someone who's never meditated or is again it does give you reasons why you should meditate for about. Both. I mean it's intentionally designed to be a very complete. Set of information explaining to people about meditation and why you would do that as well analysts. The particulars. How do so it's not. You know it's not intended to be just a partial saying it's it's too you know I I felt like that they committed a person's belief in reincarnation. Whatever. Empowered to come back and look for one good book that I felt would be very beneficial. To help me start and perpetuate the practice. I truly think that this book does that and you asked earlier about what makes it unique. You know there are a lot of things but there's a lot there what is out there right now on meditations. Many people draw on Buddhist minds on this practices which are very bluntly that for many folks that. Orientation of these things there's very few professional right now they're just stick in the toes in the water and focused on the perhaps being in the moment that meditation as much deeper Buddhist practice arose out of yoga practice. And all of the state takes a person is a very deep place so I just you know I keep on bringing people back to that. Okay on you're also an interfaith minister correct yeah at the private practice. On the net and involves teaching meditation and spiritual guidance and counseling coaching. On have you used this mess fitted with some of the people that you've worked and have you seen a positive result out of it. Yeah well first of all I hate when I'm working with people Deanna. The fact of the matter is I'm really opposed to proselytizing. These are my particular. Spiritual orientation in the things that I value and I recognize that everybody that comes to same they'd like the fact that I have this. Spiritual essence. And medications skill sets available that I really need to tailor what I'm doing. With this material for people where they're coming from so these folks were there at. Rather than pushing this thing down their throat and quite honestly they're number of people that they. Don't know enough about meditations to really know what they're going for the just like the term they think there's something good there. And we have to spend time finding out what they're really looking for is its stress reduction what's the real deep spiritual stuff. And I can. Deal with both the things it's just a matter of finding that out. And then terms benefits you know I've never ever had anybody. Not. Good experience let harnessing their in their tool kit the only time where I'd say that there's things are really perhaps. Might be best avoided or dealt with differently is that the person is really having difficulty grasping with reality. And they need to be more grounded and not go off and more mystical pursuits. Mean I feel like I should be one year clients there. I'd been out here I can do you deal with it with Skype. I you can do that oh you bet. OK so let's say I'm someone is interested in meditation with you how would they get in contact with the U. Well first of my web site is probably the best way and that if you don't mind my just putting a plug for. Www. Awake hyphen and I send. Life dot com so awake I thin and light dot com and there's a bunch information there and they can contact Armenians you know I just kind of take it from there that while I do have a practice in Minneapolis and I really do you prefer facetime with people but fact of the matter is it's a global world where it. You know clients and people that looking for content experts all around the places so I happens to be the best next no way of meeting with folks. If you can't see them in person. I on you first get started a meditation I mean you've said you've been in the practice over twenty years. Current actually I've been doing it they threw over 4040 years OK so yeah I mean it as as a kid like I'm out wrong you know that. The big story that you know honestly the very first words that I saw and a dictionary when I was told not to read I opened up on the and it's that minister. Honest to goodness. Yet when I read it it was minister of good lesson minister of god and so I kind of liked agonized that might help them that's what I wanna. And you know I kind of everything was certain like the deck of cards unfolded from there I've been interest in spirituality and spiritual activities mysticism and esoteric mrs. Since does very much a little kid as just an outcropping in the natural flow of my life's journey which culminated me doing what I'm doing now. Wow well. On final my final question for you is. If people wanna get their hands on the spoke meditation as a way of life how can he do that. Amazon.com. Probably the best way to go. The easiest way very well it is and you know what can I say there's also kind of good reviews plug plug plug but I thought. Let me guess on you've had your wife free this book is she does she also meditate. Well it now that the carriers fly and you know that they opposites attract. Yes yeah I am if this doesn't do any of this stuff not. Yeah well you know she's very supportive but you know she's got family practice physician and she oftentimes has no time to blow or knows is that too busy gal yeah but to see more of that you know I don't force anybody to do anything. You have any kids. We don't know I have four wonderful nieces and nephews which is kind of surrogate. Yeah today ever returned to you for any like it buy a used or maybe you know some spiritual. Hum advice now. Well actually you know what's funny is one of them was down Seattle and hopefully when I got to wait for this to be honest I listen yeah. Knows what I mean I think they they humor me is you know wacky uncle Allen. And maybe one day they'll they'll recognize just the wonder what what a wonderful hole I am. Yeah then and venerate it accordingly but you know that hasn't happened yet that's so funny feeling I had in every time talking to you. Thank down my pleasure how can have a Bill Clinton. Conversations as of public affairs program on this station. Welcome conversations I'm your host Greg Thomas does thanks for spending some time with us this weekend. Stimulus segment as you go Garcia spoke Seattle sports fan community banker. And host of soccer and white cell podcasts on our feet Jonas is we look at issues that affect us here at home and our community and across the nation. Sports and Seattle are just a way to see spectacular feats of athletic ability. They also provide an excellent environment for companionship. Community. And a general opportunity to participate and observe a large scale sociological Petri dish or culture. I had a chance to sit down with Hugo earlier this week a man I've known from our work together work UCL sports and kill me to not only understand his perspective. Of athletics and competitions here in Seattle. But also. Hubble Latino community thrives in our region both inside sports and be opt to go his co host Erin Riley and a group of friends are hosting gave video gaming competition. Around soccer to raise money for former Seattle sounder FC player Lamar Nagel and his Lamar Nagle foundation. In hopes of giving back to the Boys and Girls Club in federal way. Lamar was raised to its first chance to put some sports looking to build a soccer field. Despite Hugo's greeting it's going to be a fun time. What nobody says how are American. Video have been an air fantastic man taken out to doesn't sixties hit fun and it's apart are so new to you or did that I know that there's always showed up to things with our. The bag full tacos or like demolish or something like that at the party here culture. Speak to larger than just delicious fruits tacos are brought me it doesn't matter of fact that if it weren't for. Seattle people eating tacos not even be here so the lady. My dad is from my hometown in Mexico it is called what Lola how les go which is in the state of police go about two hours from all of a hot about another four hours from poorly ardent test. So is that that's west side of Mexican. You will yup it's on the Pacific coast who died it's led bumpy it's ABC the map of Mexico at a bumped that that bump on multiple men. So they cannot really in the sixties or seventies from that little. Pound with 2000 people my dad is morn there it. And that's given up opening the first Mexican restaurant it's he had those so called a lot how to CN. But I she made a killing him when she opened the shield only dropped fairly moments from that town to help when she talked and she was very cool about teaching them the Nixon doing that. And then bam those relatives branched off and they opened up a stack a Mexican restaurant what he headed steam town. Then those falls the decision they running and friends and family from the town boomed Dave burns stopped toreros boom. Muzzle on Boone partly art out boom police go to this restaurant here lower queen man. That my second uncle set up and I've I've worked there that's right I'm offers jobs those booths and tables of course that the judge that the totally family thing to do if you got the restaurant business of such do granddaddy and so if you're warm front although these people so eventually my second on those that of that restaurant. Ask my dad in the early eighties to come up here and help him run a minority a lot. I was in was born in love and how to make keep cool cool Alia woman off. Ottawa hunt and then. I was here by 88 I immigrated here remarked Martin when my mom and and there are two on my dad appeared. And have been here ever since and if more follows people don't want to eat tacos. How would not be here. And I'm I am happy to keep your family afloat Maria does suggests that your house is in us Spanish or English or some sort of awesome mixture it's an awesome mixture for sure for shorter man actually grew up in my parents like in this house you can not speak English they would actually tell us that he doesn't want to let them. But it was there in retrospect it was really Smart because it forced us to always speak Spanish with two my Brothers and on path. And they knew that we learning this outside of the house since in school. But we won't lose our Spanish has at home. We were told to predominate speaking Spanish so it was great man so it was. Great move and I mean I think it's more because we were we came into a set up here and in Seattle which has a pretty thriving Latino community. In a safe way in meaning that there was already restaurants you we have people we knew. So they even have to struggle as much so they were able to say OK you know what it's not that bar that bad out here so. Keep your status where some of the folks may come here to have a hard time because the you know Liggett. They embarked on target to anybody in in English so clearly we want our kids it's not struggle as much. So learning this as quickly as cancer trying to go through hardships that we would he says a big look to a community hero like I don't feel it at all. I I don't see it so much it's like I feel like. Seattle is such a white community I don't I don't really connect with that where am I not looking well see I think it's because another big cities there might be as specific area that's known as the most Hispanic care whether as the little Puerto Rico and I say priorities the that the east LA down in LA area. Here were everywhere and has since were spread out all of all never it's I would say probably the southwestern alerts are because that's where I grew up I went on when neighborhoods we talked out talking beer and can't white senator again Tennessee shot out I think that where C add though. But then there's new tunnels under the all the world Amanda I mean and that was cool part about Joni and when the subgroups of peace yes the yes okay so I know you. Because we worked together for these Seattle sound is at C 2000 jail like. That's like the minor league version of this out for sure yet and you're the stadium announcer there have to get into when you have an advantage because. You speak both English and Spanish and so you can do announcement to both and so they can grow larger community that can come out of this matches which is wrapped. We as we got to talking like I realize that you're you're an ECS number listed emerald city supporters of the the biggest supporter group dance for the for the sale sound but then you can assert that your own sub group yet statistic is great but how long were you and easiest member before you started didn't how did you did what's been a lover also noted as. Closely allied met in Abu Ahmad four all love it looks like a pardon for a slap. Bit of being out of Iraq has two words and then one is demeans a tavern or barn near perfect. In another mini Ford is a subgroup borrower or basically supporter group call and but it basically had a bunch of friends I wasn't included in the group that started its I was actually not even I was the season ticket holder I wasn't even in east yes uncle but owls are a Twitter men Fran. This shut out to see tones 84 who took down here. And out part about Seahawks and silly dude check this out you know you Osama Intel look of course and the question I support my club my cereal that I had that. Anyway check this out and I learn a little bit more and that was really my into the ocean to support groups those 2012. And he had it with a few friends started the Latino subgroup called about a foot so we haven't had to pull the ad man and it was really cool because I got to meet a bunch of other. Sound as transparent who happened to be Latino cool from all walks of life men who score met teachers are meant. Attorneys. I met like district. Counselors. Tech folks I mean military folks and these folks from different walks like the young you know really really in Iraq than a regular basis but. We all have that same common bond which was that we enjoyed. The sport of football or soccer caf. And week we we love our city mayor would love a comedian Tina oh man so I'll school that's how come all came together in 2012 and have been rocking them. Nonstop finally it's what attracted there's there's a real good opportunity. Here for. For people to get involved and include could cause here you you do podcast Jess on Monday night suggests sonar are so Murphy told our food. You do this Olympic feat let turn emit and it sits. But now sadly former players foundation Lamar Nagle from a 253 here as the tomorrow it'll foundation and because if you determine Tulsa about it I'll do it. So it all started pretty much like us when they were right hand. We should just have a little tournament let's play fifa together we are talking about people we love soccer and certainly video games so. So yeah sort of nice citizen to be like it's eight of us so we talk about on Twitter and and I get let's get together on a day and do it. And I grew a few more people wanted to play as he got from like eight like hand stuck fifteen. And we did it we organized it I was said well let's do some good with a let's just thought Christ in. Someone randomly assigned to tweets must people so in one of whom was Lamar neagle the you had happened. You local guy from federal way to put it. And he heads has been traded actually to Montreal also from Todd yeah. You know. But we hit a mop and he'd just. Can they became endowments to airplanes and believes in this dude it's just a just a dude just you know he'll put it in general what what this really happen because. People forget that just because that we we've put a lot of stage in front of us and idolize them that they're just. Dudes and gals like doing things that didn't gals like doing Judith Sokol that's why I love the sound is so much and and says Toobin would dishonor the players who super accessible. Meaning that. The contract with the on Twitter though you know the other have the events where you'll see in the stores and stuff but. But they're really good about like. In tracked an everyday normal. Interactions with Franzen and fans is possible there boom. The morning though comes and starts playing without us and it was a blast two woods is playing video games. And the first year the academy player because these are high school's soccer player as a group he went to select team and they join the Sanders academy. He and that winning these Justin solo tour a believer and but he's the defending champ he beat Lamar laster. But you won the first one to do so this is gonna be our fourth year do winning. And it's kind of grown now we we we always play a tournament all ages. We have prices we had a big trophy for the winner last year raffle Hawkeyes on no news the jerseys signed by players. And all the funds have gone to the last at the year went to the Lamar neagle foundation which is is local from the Asian which is still gonna keep here and operate here because he gives back this focus on giving back to the boys and girls clubs steely the federal way that's how he got you know in touch with the sports in this community. So it's he's building a soccer field and down there in federal way for around for the wasn't a close up. Was super ad men is going to be our biggest tournament ever will he be a lot able to tenders he stood out in DC so he literally just got traded you know now weeks ago so he will not be able to attend the we are sending him would have been a send off bash on the nineteenth on Tuesday come on down. He's gonna be there Tuesday January 1919 and the tournament itself is on the 24 on Sunday had a tough. So through nuclear TVs were as young games together with folks have to and we are gonna make pendency champs again that their. They are you fully edited have you RD of would you have enough players and everything god they're still spots left right but they're gonna go if it already has pulled up I'm sorry if not. The place people against the bunch of other crazy sounder fans you never know yeah show opponents say diet and then come now we're gonna have actually a dump tank of some fans are gonna get. Dunked we're gonna have. A lot of stuff photo Booth it's a family friendly pubs. That the love Berlin above is also give a website for the for the and no we. We'll have a link free to sign up on a special page you can so falls pats on our feet on Twitter. Or search sold our feet on FaceBook. And UC big green logo with the half soccer ball on half the radar sonar who beat him and that you're heavily for there future -- a doorman check that out because this is the chance to help raise money yes he gets stuff built for Boys and Girls Club of the it's of the greater Seattle and yes which is really cool again January 24 at the -- -- in Renton you can command play some people some video games to help raise money for the Lamar Natal foundation with Hugo Aaron and the rest of their pals out there search for sonar feed on FaceBook. Or Twitter for find out more information to help not a good on. Thank you to our guests you can Garcia today for joining us you do the best. And conversations with the public affairs program of the station. Welcome to see you stand on hopes and dreams. Thanks as being some time with us this weekend join in this segment is Jenny walled in from a united ways pretax. Campaign. Hi Jenny I began irons have been me aren't you law and look like Jenny from the block. I have been called back LA because that's not an outfit yeah. Our race so I'm. I can prost and what was it was looking. So some you know its general things are going on an area and I thought this was awesome. It like I said it's united way you guys do a lot of things anyways good things for the community. This one I that was amazing because hey we're answering tax season now. And some people can't afford to get their taxes professionally done so I'll explain to me a little bit what the united waste pre tax prep campaign is. Lately though you know and only a tiny street tax preparation canteen. I'm in the program that started fourteen years ago because he readily recognize two things happening in the community one and the people are paying a lot to get their taxes done. When they may not have the money to do so I'm also not getting access to it the credit that they are eligible for it I'm talking about tax credits like. The earned income tax credit the child tax credit education credits and a whole lot with the credit. That many people don't know about and are not accident scenes though. And this program was built specifically to help people played her campaign to get attacked her parents especially low income family. I am and an outlook access to credit that they are entitled to do. Added you know that program started working near the guy they bed but just a couple tax rates and the white matter neighbor had. I just thought that's the Allen and ground to be countywide. To 24 tax eight I'm a competent Connie. And our goals to help as many people possible this year I'm last year we are able to serve. Over 191900. It. People under their returns though. And it's a fairly big program on that there is they need as a great and we want a mixture and everyone has the opportunity to access that's reprogram. That's a good point because a lot of times you know you wanna maximize on your return and you may not know about these tax credits that to talking about. SL UN filing and then next you know you're like while I missed out on the thousand dollars and are sometimes. Exactly and in the earned income tax credit card and in and Washington State on average in 2000 dollars. For an eligible household but that's money in addition to the refund that they would already be getting from. It would holdings and their paychecks and things like that though. That the money that should be left on the table by many low income families thinking Tony we wanna make sure that they are getting better I'm entitled to. What are some of the other credits he mentioned before he says so the earned income tax credit would get a once. Yeah after the and an earned income tax credit the main one that our program that there round. And you know it's boat largely considered the most potent anti poverty to police haven't been nation and I'm built into our tax that and and it provides intended excellent. Stanley the other credit that we nature are. Our text your ticketing connected to or think that the child tax credit. And the bats her family. Children aged seventeen. And an education credits that your going to school I'm in it doesn't have to be for your university could be going to peak. Additional classes to. And enhance your professional development at a local meet high credit that excess. Land that the people should be the creamy. Yeah totally exactly on the kind of reminds me like when I was applying for colleges and their scholarships out there and you don't know unless you look and onion or someone tells you about that and now we're seeming -- go to get their taxes on and is this just for families or can this be for individuals maybe a team that's in college and can't really afford to get their taxes on. Yet great question it's for every line I am I it's evident stampede because I had an ethnic better than the people who are most likely eligible for the income tax credit but. And it services for anyone eighteen laps but the kick it out bunny ears but that's our household income. You sent 52000. XTT 62000 okay. And though. Any line item under that wrestled and welcome to come to our tax bite. I think at their taxes done for free. And we didn't see a lot of college student that can mean and for the first time meaning actually is a lot of people don't know about pac that I did I sort of inscribed getting your taxes done by doing into the car mechanic that we are generally know that there's like. Promote her aunt and ends I don't know how it works and so people. Put a lot of track time and their tax prepared. And on how to do it correctly and though we that's where we're here I'll because there's a lot of men around tax tying him and then we're here it does help educate folks there around. What their rights are what they're entitled to iron and really maximize their refunds so. I'm cautions are welcomed single adults parallel. Basically everyone with and that's wrestled with XP 2000 and welcome to come to our site. OK Tom where are your sites are where you have a website that people can go and the site is closer to them. Yeah act so we are and we have a great web by eight it's act. Www. UW TC dot org slash tax help. I and when you go to Atlanta late term you'll be. Big map of King County with a different light on its current and you can really beat but bite stretch from all the lip and shoreline town of federal way either on eaten by aid. And totaled just funny part pact states that are available I'm. For people to go to Q and you can also enter in your zip code. And you can search for his dad played closest whatever that we deepen and let nature work that vote your home. I'm and it will generate across the tactic due to bad that code. And he can fight when it's convenient for you have all of our tax rates have hours in the evening and on and on weekend. And to make them available for for folks. When they get off of work or when they have free time. And we also have couple tactic that have deep and I aren't as well planned for people sort of nontraditional work hours. You don't necessarily have to live to counteract. Yeah no matter how we don't screen for anything like that people can come to her two bites from an homage appears and we regularly there people from other counties. I'm just because that might be marketing for them if they're sort of living on land that edge of the county line. And cracked. I'm so I understand that you you who do need volunteers to help with the united ways pre tax prep campaign as well. How can you volunteer. Yes I am glad you act because this coming weekend on the sixteenth and seventeenth at our lack training weekend. And and that there are still planning spot available time do you plan to volunteered. You can go to beat anyway let's bite that you WTC dot org. Slash packs volunteered. I'm and from there someone can learn about the program what it takes a volunteer. And and then my hat for one of two positions at one position is to become attacks prepared aren't here I'm about terrier planned. You would go through two days of training with. It's iron Cheney but we do make it fun career he's right you. And any iron certified to be advanced level unless you complete touch screen mean I'm unit entered your shifting your site. I'm on a weekly basis so for example Monday he is from five to nine act. Pop earned our right industry tax ethnic gamble that you showed every Monday. And and and it taxes for free for people I am we have a bank manager on our sites that are expected tax lot equality review every tax return and it's not just. New volunteers giving their returns we double check everything. And in fact we have a higher. Accurate eatery and keep prepared and how it because of the double check scenes and really. High standards of quality that we have uttered by. The second position at some look at how far is and he can benefit position though. About four years ago you know we recognize that he. Even a tax payment when someone gets very large lump. On the money and you know they're you know what they're gonna spend it on pain up tactics in their car but what happens the rest of the year. And so that's why we started I'm bringing. Additional benefit to our tax write that external wraparound services. Ams and access to be exclude health care or Calista. And we pull credit reports weekly local leaders service there that are tactic to help promote. I don't financial stability year round for our clients because of their eligible for a tax service. Likely eligible for any additional services. It's interesting now to become a volunteer and you do provide the training eerie thing and you don't necessarily have to have the account background or at you know done tax preparation and pass the you don't need any of that knowledge correct app. Absolutely not in fact you know I'm a social worker I am not an accounting. And many of our volunteers. And can't ever write in Akron and that's what we want to I am that we provide all the training and and think what people. You need to know about this particular volunteer position is that I then you know it has nothing to do the math. Or really a county for that matter have everything to do it sort of relating to the person you're working went out in the right question. I am certain problems Bobby development detective work trying to make sure that their situation in the past years reflected in our tax return accurately. I ran an and the computer does alternate number crime scene. I'm a lot of acclaim we've had a lot of straighter client commit one year and they volunteer the next. He's land because they you know they really interested in and they wanted to get back now. And this petition to hurt anyone here who is comfortably you can computer. And and working and with a client when one. Yeah any year it's also for anyone any age range any age bracket might correct. Well eighteen and over and over okay ROC should still be in school okay a exactly yeah it. All right hey this is a great program again on can you tell us where you can NASA sign up and register for a shift. Act that can volunteer you can go to www. UW TV out port. Flash tax volunteer. I'm and then it will go to the steps for the registration cocked back and when you click pet when each in a position. And if someone looking for information for pac bell at UTC dot org slash tax help. I have all the information on merit. While on and I also had bright 'cause I went and went on there when I side a guys are in need of volunteers on you're also looking for people like you said from all demographics of that too can relate to maybe someone who doesn't really necessarily speak English that well maybe there's somebody there who speaks let's say Spanish correct. Yeah yeah I mean. EU we are so lucky that you know we have a party a thousand volunteers are critic for the program on is on health so maybe and a really speaks that. The generosity of our community and you know there really are tuned into and even social issues that are happening now. I'm of those thousand volunteers we have over fifty languages spoken. I ran and a variety of backgrounds and we really tried and you know recruit volunteers who reflect a kind at least there to you know improve that. That service that we're providing some time though. You know if someone speak another language they're definitely encouraged to volunteer because that that becomes real neat that the tax by. So are they open on Monday and as I deadly that it didn't like and think to note is that it's actually not on the fifteenth this year right on 1818. It's a little bit later. And ask for those of you out there who are gonna wait the last many have a couple days of extract an Arctic open three days pack that. And he urged the weekend. Help people he didn't get in on the fifteenth on follow up on any issues for a return on our file on the fifteenth and could provide that extra layer of service to work. All right Jenny this wasn't really easy conversation. Went up and it went about taxes yeah I think. Get back RA on quantity and he's so much I think it's I'm talking to me in the end conversation isn't the public affairs program on this decent.