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Upcoming YDEKC Events – Fall 2020

POSTED ON October 1, 2020

Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends:

There is so much at stake for our communities and young people in the weeks and months ahead! We hope you will join us at our upcoming events in support of thriving leaders, thriving organizations, and thriving youth.

In service and gratitude,
The YDEKC Staff Team
Youth Development Executives of King County | 206.336.6910

YDEKC Sponsored / Co-Sponsored Events

Tuesday, October 13, 9:00-10:00AM: Advocacy Hot Topics with City of Seattle Council Chair Lorena González
What: Please join us to hear from City of Seattle Council Chair Lorena González. She will speak to us about the City of Seattle budget, and if (or how) funds can be used to elevate services for youth in our community. There will be a Q&A period also, for your engagement!
Who: YDEKC members that serve children and youth in the City of Seattle.
Where: Online via Zoom — Click here to register for Hot TopicsThursday, October 15, 12:00-2:00PM: Office for the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Superintendent Candidate Event
What: Join the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC), YDEKC and other partners to hear from the candidates for the Superintendent of Washington State’s top education agency (OSPI).
Who: YDEKC staff and advocates from expanded learning, mentoring, and youth-serving organizations.
Where: Online — Click here to register with SESEC for the OSPI EventWednesday, October 21, 1:30-2:00PM: Quick Connections — Introduction to the School-Community Partnership Toolkit
What: Join us for the first in a series of Quick Connections webinars highlighting strategies and tools to build and strengthen school-community partnerships co-sponsored by School’s Out Washington and YDEKC. We’ll share how we define collaboration and partnership, how to access the School-Community Partnership Toolkit, and a brief introduction to a few tangible tools to support your own partnership work.
Who: Youth development and ELO programs and providers, schools, and school districts that want to engage in or strengthen cross-sector partnerships.
Where: Online via Zoom — Click here to register for Quick Connections

Thursday, October 22, 4:00-5:30PM: Best Starts for Kids (BSK): A YDEKC-Hosted Community Conversation
What: A conversation with King County’s Best Starts for Kids team about this critical resource for children, youth, and families in King County and possibilities for the future of BSK.
Who: Youth-serving providers across King County.
Where: Online — Click here to register for this BSK Conversation

Wednesday, November 4, 9:30-10:30AM: Advocacy Coffee Talk: Looking Forward (Either Way)
What: Let’s talk advocacy and strategy after the election. Join us for an informal conversation about next steps for youth!
Who: YDEKC staff and advocates from expanded learning, mentoring, and youth-serving organizations.
Where: Online via Zoom — Click here to register for Advocacy Coffee Talk

Save the Dates

December 2 (tentative): Save the Date for YDEKC’s 10-Year Reunion and Celebration!
 Our first Executive Leaders Summit was held on November 2, 2010, posing the question, “Could we be better unified as a youth development field?” We have accomplished so much in the 10 years since this first summit, and still have so much to do ahead. Join us to reflect, celebrate, and get inspired for what’s to come!
Who: Current and past YDEKC Members and Friends. More to come!

February 9: Washington State Youth Development Advocacy Day!

Highlighted Partner Event

October 27-30, 9:00AM to 2:30: School’s Out Washington’s Bridge Conference

YDEKC Members: We have 20 discount codes for $50 off registration available to the first YDEKC Members to request them (two per organization) — these won’t last long! Please reach out to us for more information. Register by October 9th for the early-bird rate!

What: Check out the 2020 Bridge Conference workshop schedule. The Conference’s interactive, engaging workshops are organized into four content strands to help you plan and build your personalized schedule throughout our multi-day virtual professional development experience.
Sessions include: More Than Being Calm: Exploring Mindfulness for Implicit Bias, Dismantling Dual Pandemics: How Intermediaries Center Racial Equity in their Responses to COVID (YDEKC is joining this panel discussion!), Creating a Culture of Belonging in the Online Classroom, and Heal the Soil, Heal the Root: Healing Centered Engagement as a Tool for Transformation.
Who: Expanded learning professionals, community organizers, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders.
Where: Online via Zoom — Click here to register for Bridge, and please register by October 9 before the price goes up!

Funding & Resource Opportunities

After a bit of a lull following initial COVID response funding, a number of new opportunities are coming out very soon to support youth development programs and more!

  • Laptops for Distribution to Families – CBO’s respond by Tuesday, 10/6!
    The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce,, and Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) are partnering with their members and Interconnection to collect and refurbish quality laptops. The goal is to get up to 1,000 machines to students and families in King County who need them most to reach their educational goals amidst the pandemic. We trust that community-based organizations who already work closely with communities most impacted by coronavirus and the pandemic’s economic fallout are best positioned to help address the persistent digital divide in our region. Complete this survey if you are a community based partner with an identified need for machines in the populations you serve and have capacity for effective distribution.
  • Apply by October 6: Youth Development funding! $9.3M in COVID relief funding to youth development programs across the state is OPEN through School’s Out Washington. Grants will be $10K – $50K in unrestricted grants.
  • (LOI was due September 25); Apply by October 7: OSPI 2020-2021 Community Based Organization grants OSPI has allocated $8.1M in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds (ESSER funds) through the CARES Act to provide grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to work in partnership with schools and school districts to support reopening efforts in the 2020-21 school year. Grants will be $50K- $500K.
  • Apply by October 27: Communities of Opportunity (COO) is announcing a new investment of $725,000 to support Black communities. Black-led (including African descent and diaspora) organizations working on systems and policy change in the Black community may apply for COO funding here.
  • Apply by November 5: Nita M. Lowey Grant Competition – 21st Century CCLC bidders conference and application for 21st Century Community Learning Centers.