Western Washington University Alumni Association

Julie Raysbrook

Major - Human Services
Hometown - Bothell, WA

I am the Executive Director of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization called Disability Advocates For Cystic Fibrosis (www.dafcf.org). In doing the work that I have been with the organization, it has become abundantly clear to me that my calling is, without a doubt, to assist others in finding resources available to them, and to provide advocacy services to those who need specific and personal assistance with real life matters.

“Aside from the time I have with my children and family, I find no greater joy than in assisting those contacting me for ‘help’.”

This generous scholarship will allow me to attend school full time without having to stress about finances or worry about making ends meet with 3 young children. This will enable me to do so many more things than you might imagine, such as continuing to provide free services through my nonprofit organization to those who need it, as well as spending time with my young children before they grow up and it’s not “cool” to hang out with mom anymore. My program fall and winter quarters of next year require an internship at a minimum of 12 hours a week, so this scholarship will also make it possible for me to not worry about working to make ends meet and attend to my family and school needs!

My interests include scrapbooking, trips to the zoo, being a chauffer for my kids to and from gymnastics, soccer, tball and swimming, hiking, trips to the aquarium and the Pacific Science Center. Hosting BBQ’s at my house for friends and family to gather and socialize, and working on client cases for my nonprofit.

From the ages of 13 to 15, I spent time in schools in two different countries, one in Jamaica from September 1997 to ’98, and in Mexico from September 1998 to ’99. These “schools” were for troubled teens (which I was not, but even so, NO child deserved this type of treatment) and there were things that occurred in this school that would put Abu Ghraib activities to shame. These schools were run by an organization called World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP) that also previously operated under the name “Teen Help.” I do believe it was a “make or break” situation for every child in these schools and I was lucky enough to have been “made.” I feel very strongly that my advocacy, do no wrong to the fellow man nature came from my experiences here.