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YDEKC Field Notes, April 2019

POSTED ON May 1, 2019
YDEKC Field Notes, April 2019
Youth Development Executives
of King County

Greetings YDEKC Members & Friends!

Last week, the national Youth Development community came to Seattle for the annual Ready by 21 National Meeting. With CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, Karen Pittman (aka the “grandmother of youth development”) sharing how to change the odds for young people, Turnaround for Children sharing the latest on brain science, and highlights from the National Social Emotional and Academic Development consensus report called A Nation at Hope, we walked away inspired, grounded and encouraged that we are moving in the right direction for our young people here at home.

Over the weekend, our legislature wrapped up an historic session that will change the odds for young people in our state. Just a few of the wins for children and youth include eliminating juvenile detention for non-criminal offenses (SB5290), fully funding the state need grant, funding the Expanded Learning Quality Initiative, extending the Social Emotional Learning Committee (SB5082), and passing I-1000 to eliminate the ban on Affirmative Action. Taken together (and with many other important bills passing), the future is looking bright.

Don’t forget! Make sure your programs are updated in the Youth Program Directory, to Like us on Facebook, and to follow us on Twitter to stay up to speed until our next newsletter.Use the hyperlinks below to jump to a specific section of our Field Notes.

 Whole Child, Whole Day | Advocacy | Field Building, Funding, and Training Opportunities | Members on the Move & Job Opportunities
In service and gratitude,
Jessica
Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County
ydekc.org | jwerner@ydekc.org | 206.336.6912

Whole Child, Whole Day: We convene and participate in cross-sector collaborations to improve the alignment of efforts supporting children and youth in King County.

YDEKC’s Whole Child, Whole Day Mini-Grants: 16 Projects Funded!
YDEKC, with generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is excited to provide funding to community-based organizations and schools for projects that support whole child, whole day efforts in 2019. YDEKC was able to award mini-grants to 10 organizations with a total investment of $95,000. Additionally, YDEKC was able to stretch the budget to partially fund 6 more projects that were recommended by the review panel as promising projects. This was an additional investment of $28,000. To learn more about the 16 projects, check out this blog post from YDEKC SEL Strategy Senior Manager Mona Grife.

Save the date! WHOLE CHILD, WHOLE DAY: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium
Highline College, 8/9/2019, 9:00AM-4:15PM
Our 4th Annual Social & Emotional Learning Symposium is an interactive professional development symposium to strengthen your capacity to create equity based learning environments that support  the whole child across the whole day, with a focus on shifting adult practices and systems to better serve youth of color in the Road Map region. Learn more here.Registration opens in May.

AdvocacyWe advocate for policy changes that address youth development field needs and issues impacting King County youth.

Lunching with Leaders with King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski
05/02/2019, 11:30AM-1:00PM
YDEKC Member Executive Leaders are invited to join us for lunch and a conversation with King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski! Please contact René Murry if you are a YDEKC member and have not received an invitation.

Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account 
With the passing of SB5851, now the action moves squarely back to King County for decision making on how to spend this resource. To learn more about opportunities for community engagement and the consultant reports that have been published, visit the County’s PSTAA website here, or join us for our hot topics webinar coming up in early June (see below).

Bill signing for Substitute Senate Bill No. 5851, April 29, 2019. Relating to enhancing educational opportunities for vulnerable children and youth using funding distributed from the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account.

Advocacy Hot Topics: PSTAA
Webinar, 06/04/2019, 11:30AM-12:00PM
Join YDEKC’s Advocacy Team for our second hot topics webinar to learn more about the Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Act (PSTAA). Registration available here.

Field Building, Funding, and Training Opportunities:  We build tools, disseminate effective practices, and foster skills that support leadership, racial equity, and organizational development.

YDEKC Measurement Toolkit Training: Using School Data for Program Planning and Evaluation
School’s Out Washington, 5/9/2019, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Schools collect a great deal of information on the students they serve. Many schools are willing to share this data with CBO partners provided there are legal safeguards in place. This workshop will help program staff to interpret and use school-generated data for program planning and evaluation. Registration available here.

White Privilege Conference of the Northwest
Highline College, 5/3-4/2019
How will we create inclusive environments for young people if we aren’t aware of the internalized messages, biases, privilege, etc. that we bring into learning spaces? The White Privilege Symposium (WPS) of the Northwest, which includes a K-12 Educator Action & Accountability Session, is designed to examine patterns, cultures, and systems that contribute to identity, power, and privilege. The event is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to look at issues of privilege, including race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, and other intersections of identity. Keynote speakers include Robin DiAngelo, Gyasi Ross, and Yusef Salaam. Learn more and register here.

School’s Out Washington Equity in Youth Programs Symposium
Rosehill Community Center, 5/7/2019, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Come for a full day of incredible workshops focused on equity in your program, schools and communities. Alongside their Structural Racism and Cultural Responsiveness offerings, SOWA are featuring two sessions on gender identity and inclusivity — their Welcoming Schools session on Preventing Bias Based Bullying, and “Who taught you that?” Understanding Gender, Creating Affirming Spaces. Learn more and register here.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
UW Ethnic Cultural Center, 5/7/2019, 7:00PM-9:00PM
This event, co-hosted by Sound Discipline and the University of Washington Information School, provides an opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about how stress and trauma impact the body and brain to view the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” and hear from a panel who will share ideas for building resilience in schools, libraries, and communities. Learn more and register here.

SEL And Academic Learning Catalyst
Webinar, 5/9/2019, 8:30AM-9:30AM
Mindset Works views growth mindset as the catalyst to cultivating SEL-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, improving academic outcomes, and nurturing the whole learner. In this webinar, Dr. Desiree Margo and Dr. Kendra Coates share insights and examples from the field. Learn more and register here.

Hope Rising: The Science of Hope: Spring Symposium
Bellevue College, 5/17/2019, 9:30AM-5:00PM
What you can do to raise hope in our youth? At this full day symposium, youth program leaders and staff members, board members, community leaders, educators, volunteers, and youth advocates will gain useful tools, practices, and approaches to advance positive youth development. They will learn about the positive impact of hope on youths’ ability to navigate adversity, flourish, and ultimately reach their goals.

Washington State Nonprofit Conference
Meydenbauer Center, 5/21/2019, 8:00AM-4:45PM
Join Washington Nonprofits and colleagues from across Washington State at the 25th Annual Washington State Nonprofit Conference! The conference is the only annual statewide gathering for members of the nonprofit community. Registration available here. As a close partner to Washington Nonprofits, YDEKC Members can receive 15% off of the conference fee by using the code “2019friendinvite15%”.

Thank you for the continuing to work together to advance the youth development field. We hope to see you soon!

The YDEKC Team
Jessica, Mona, Sarah, René, Anne, Eddie, and Hikma