|Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends:
Despite the heat, fall is upon us as we try to figure out what September is actually going to look like for all of us – how we are providing services, what school looks like for our kids, and how we can emerge into a future that never returns us to a “normal” that was failing far too many kids, but one that centers the needs of children and youth farthest from educational justice.
On August 7th, we wrapped up our virtual 3 day Whole Child, Whole Day Social Emotional Learning Symposium, with a morning key note from Sean Goode of Choose 180 where he taught us that “uncertain times are prime real estate for possibilities to be born”; and we ended the day thinking about what our collective demands are for a more equitable and holistic ecosystem of supports for young people. Read our blog that serves as an open letter to share these demands. And please watch what young people are saying as we gear up for the next year: Our Hearts Need Healing is one video from our symposium, see more from young people below.
With gratitude and commitment,
The YDEKC Team
Jessica, Anne, Mona, Sarah, René and Stephanie
Youth Development Executives of King County
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