As you are reading this, I’m on my way to Austin with more than a dozen public sector and non-profit youth development leaders from our region for the annual Ready by 21 National Meeting. Hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment, every year I get new inspiration, ideas, and connections to reach for better youth outcomes with more strategic partnerships here at home. Read on for more opportunities to advocate, collaborate, and work toward a more equitable world for young people.
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In service and gratitude,
Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County ydekc.org | firstname.lastname@example.org | 206.336.6912
Advocacy: We advocate for policy changes that address youth development field needs and King County youth issues. YDEKC Members prioritized our cross issue and cross jurisdiction advocacy agenda at our November Summit which has beenupdated here. If you are a YDEKC member and are interested in joining our Advocacy Committee on a bi-monthly basis, please contact email@example.com.
State Legislature Budgets
The Senate and the House have released their versions of the state budget. Here is a statement from the Washington State Budget and Policy Council responding to the State Senate proposal. The House has presented a budget with many program supports for children, youth, and families and a revenue package to support it. Please thank your Representatives for this work and ask your Senator to include new and additional revenue moving forward.
Cross Sector Convening: We lead, convene, and participate in cross-sector collaboration and partnerships, particularly with the K-12 education sector.
Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit
Oftentimes we describe relationships between a school and a community based organization as “a partnership.” However, as one of our Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit cohort participants pointed out last month, a single partnership often contains many partnerships within it. For example, an after-school program coordinator’s collaboration with the custodian and school counselor may be critical to the program’s success, even if the Memorandum of Understanding only mentions the school principal and organization’s executive director.
What relationships exist within the partnership ecosystem at your school or organization? How is each individual person an asset to the partnership and what actions do you take (or will you take) to build and sustain those relationships? Create your own map of this ecosystem, with its unique relationships layers, using the Partnership Ecosystem Mapping Activity and the School Partner Programs and Services Inventory. Wondering what an ecosystem might look like from a community based organization’s perspective? Here is a sample map.
Field Building: We build tools, disseminate effective practices, and foster skills that support leadership, racial equity, and organizational development.
The King County Youth Development Network is live on Facebook!
The King County Youth Development Network (KCYDN) is a collaborative resource sharing network to support youth workers and the youth development field in King County. If you have job postings, training opportunities, or events for youth workers, please submit them on our Facebook page! YDEKC, SOAR, and School’s Out Washington (SOWA) collaborate to manage the page.
Interrupting Bias and Deepening Growth Mindset Practice Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 3/29/2017 9:30-12:30
Are you ready to move from theory to deeper anti-bias and growth mindset practice? You’re familiar with the concepts of growth and fixed mindsets and recognize them in yourself and youth. You’ve tried some strategies to cultivate a growth mindset in your program or classroom, and you’re ready to take a deeper dive to improve your practice. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your understanding of strategies that promote or hinder the development of a growth mindset, reflect on your own practice and learn from others’ experiences, and apply an anti-bias lens to this concept. Contactrmburnsteinst@seattleschools.org for more info. Register here.
Measurement Toolkit Featured Resources Youth Survey resources: Youth surveys are a common way of soliciting feedback from young people, and are also sometimes used to measure outcomes. In case you missed our recent workshop on youth surveys, check out our tip sheet describing different survey types. Our brand new decision tree can help you decide whether a survey is the right thing for your program, and our worksheet on choosing a survey can help you find a tool that meets your program’s needs. Also check out YDEKC’s Skills and Beliefs Surveys and related resources.
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities for Members
NEW! Research and Evaluation Peer Learning Group: YDEKC is launching an informal peer learning group for staff who do evaluation-oriented work in youth-serving organizations. Group meetings will be structured around a Problem of Practice process (see our adapted Problem of Practice protocol for details), and will include time for making connections with professional peers. Contact Sarah if you are interested in learning more, or if you have a problem of practice you would like the group to contemplate at the kickoff meeting.
Upcoming Workshop on Using School Data for Program Planning: The next workshop in our Measurement and Evaluation series is scheduled for May 9, and will cover the ins and outs of accessing, using, and protecting academic data. Specific focus on the relevance of different kinds of school data to program activities. Click here for more details and to register for this workshop.
Funding & Training Opportunities
Funding Opportunity- Foster Grandparent Program: Could your program use experienced tutors and mentors for young people with special and exceptional needs? Consider applying for funding though the SeniorCorps Foster Grandparent Program. More information and technical assistance webinar details availablehere.
HR & Equity Webinar, 4/6/2017, 12:00-1:00PM
Human Resource work has the potential to be a powerful arena for an organization to live its’ values. The core of HR taking care of the humans who work hard to meet the mission and serve their clients. When this is in alignment with equity, transformation is possible. Everyone benefits when diversity and inclusion are at the center of HR. This workshop will review 6 key areas within HR to increase equity, live your organization’s values and better serve your community. More details and registration are available here.
TableTalks Peer Learning Groups™ Spring Sessions
TableTalks Peer Learning Groups™ are facilitated, personalized peer-learning groups that are comprised of 10 to 14 participants who meet monthly as a cohort for three hour sessions.These supportive groups are facilitated by Janet Boguch and her experienced TableTalks Facilitator Team. The TableTalks format is designed to meet the needs of the participants in a collegial atmosphere. TableTalks is a forum for discussing practical solutions and brainstorming ideas in a confidential, safe and comfortable setting. For more information and to sign up, head here.
Members on the Move & Job Opportunities
Welcome YDEKC’s New Members! The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas
The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that the power of words, well-written and well-spoken, can open doors to important opportunities. Our tutoring, writing, and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6 to 18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to share their stories.
The Vera Project
VERA is an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera fulfills its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people. Vera’s programs are always all ages, with a focus on young people ages 14 to 24.
Washington STEM: Patrick D’Amelio, YDEKC wishes you well on your next journey!
Patrick D’Amelio will be departing his role of CEO of Washington STEM on April 14 and will be joining the Washington State Charter Schools Association as their CEO. YDEKC appreciates your partnership and contributions in the Youth Development field. Congratulations, Patrick!
YMCA of Greater Seattle is seeking two Branch Executive Directors at their Meredith Mathews East Madison and Downtown branches! Full job descriptions available at: Meredith Mathews East Madison and Downtown.
Washington State 4-H – WSU is hiring an Associate Director for their Youth Development Program! Full job listing available here.
Thank you for continuing to work together to advance the youth development field. Hope to see you soon!