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YDEKC Field Notes – August 2017

POSTED ON August 24, 2017
Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends – 

Last Friday, nearly 200 practitioners – youth workers, teachers, counselors, nurses – joined us for our second Social Emotional Learning Symposium. With themes of culturally responsive practice, trauma-informed strategies, starting with us (the adults), and integrated arts, the event clearly came at the right time. As we all grapple with the aftermath of Charlottesville, questions of safety, belonging and identity are front of mind as kids and adults return to school in the coming weeks.

Dr. Shawn Ginwright’s keynote talk Toward an Equity Based Approach to Social Emotional Learning outlined four principles that we all must hold as core in our work for and with young people:
1. Address social emotional needs stemming from trauma.
2. Make identity central focusing on race, ethnicity, gender.
3. Create strategies that build political awareness of social issues and conditions.
4. Provide supports and opportunities for social emotional development of adults.

We will be sharing more of the materials from the Symposium in the coming weeks, and look forward to partnering with you to continue to work to ensure that each and every young person in our communities has the supports and opportunities they need to thrive.

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In service and gratitude,
Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County | | 206.336.6912

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

Join School’s Out Washington for the Bridge Conference!
University of Washington Seattle, 10/16-17/2017
The Bridge Conference is the premier conference for expanded learning professionals in the Pacific Northwest. The theme this year is Together We Rise, meaning programs, communities and families work together to advocate for inclusive programs. We will ensure young people are not just resilient, but are self-aware; not just leaders, but thoughtful individuals invested in their futures and the future of their communities. Check out the full conference schedule with session descriptions here. Registration is available here. Scholarships for licensed school-age care providers availablehere.YDEKC’s Measurement Toolkit Featured Resources: Beyond the Numbers
If you are collecting qualitative data from interviews and focus groups, you might be wondering how best to summarize and present that information. Our PowerPoint presentation and tip sheet on the analysis and reporting of qualitative results can help!YDEKC’s Research and Evaluation Peer Learning Community
Our informal learning community focused on research and evaluation has now met twice, and has had rich discussions around the design and use of youth surveys. This group is a great opportunity to share dilemmas and expertise with your peers in an informal setting. If you are interested in getting involved, e-mail Sarah Terry with questions.

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.

Cross Sector Convening: We lead, convene, and participate in cross-sector collaboration and partnerships, particularly with the K-12 education sector.

YDEKC’s Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit
One of the tools we shared in a recent session of our Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit cohort is the Shared Decision Making Planning Tool, which is a matrix you can use to specify the roles of different parties in making decisions about a partnership. When it comes to decisions on everything from target participants to program schedule, who is responsible, who is accountable, who is consulted, and who should be informed? What would it look like to share power more equitably?

We recently attended the recent Authentic Community-School Partnership Institute hosted by the Puget Sound Educational Service District, where we engaged in conversations about how to address our personal biases and institutional barriers so that we can work more collaboratively and authentically in partnership with each other. You will find resources from the Institute here:

Aspen Institute: Changing Practice to Support Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
Check out the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development‘s latestnewsletter, Changing Practice to Support SEAD!

Improving Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-Being & Economic Outcomes
Check out this report from researchers at the Pennsylvania State University detailing the long term benefits of young people developing social emotional learning skills.

Advocacy: We advocate for policy changes that address youth development field needs and King County youth issues.

Candidate Forum on Education
Asian Counseling and Referral Services, 9/19/2017, 5:15PM-7:00PM
Join us for a chance to hear from the Seattle Mayoral, City Council, and School Board candidates on the cradle to career education issues that matter to children, youth, and families of Seattle. Come get your questions answered and hear from candidates on their priorities. Light dinner will be provided. Interpretation available with advanced notice. Check out the Facebook event and event flyer! Co-hosted by ACRS, YDEKC, Education Reform Now, Moms Rising/Mamas Con Poder, SOWA, SESEC, CIRCC, OneAmerica Votes, Equity in Education Coalition, and League of Education Voters.Seattle Human Services Coalition Candidates Forum
Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E, Seattle, 9/20/2017, 5PM – 7:30PM
Human Service Providers raise up issues important to us, the communities we serve, and all who strive toward a just and thriving community. More information: District State Senate Luncheon Debate
Microsoft Conference Center, 10/10/2017, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Join Seattle CityClub for a luncheon debate for Washington’s 45th Legislative District special election at Microsoft’s Conference Center in Redmond. The election between Manka Dhingra and Jinyoung Lee Englund will determine the balance of power in Washington State’s legislature. Details and free registration available here!

Washington State Legislative Roundups
After a very long legislative session, most of the news is good for kids and families. Though there was much concern that funding for education (mandated by McCleary) would come at the expense of basic needs and human services, that largely did not come to pass – thanks to the many advocates and allied coalitions that are on the ground fighting for kids and fighting for equity every day. Here are a few round-ups from some of our friends:
Children’s Alliance
League of Education Voters

Funding & Training Opportunities
The RFP for Best Starts for Kids Parent-Child Home Program expansion is now available!
Best Starts for Kids is partnering with United Way of King County and the City of Seattle to invest $2 million to expand Parent-Child Home Program services for already-existing programs, or to start new programs. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for expansion of Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) services in the City of Seattle and King County is due at 12:00pm on September 18th and is available here!The Youth & Amateur Sports Grants applications will be released on September 27th!
Youth & Amateur Sports Grants (YASG) support fit and healthy communities by investing in programs and capital projects that reduce barriers to access physical activity. Community based organizations with 501(c)3 status or fiscal sponsorship, government agencies including public schools, and organizations located in and serving citizens of King County can apply! More details, including info session dates and timeline, are available here.
Members on the Move & Jobs
Welcome YDEKC’s newest members!
Maple Valley Youth Symphony
The Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra is a music program that is deeply rooted in community. They are a unique music education program where students can excel musically, connect socially, and grow personally.Community for Youth: Mark Takehara, YDEKC wishes you well on your next journey!
Mark Takehara will be departing his role of Executive Director of Community for Youth on September 14th and will be moving to a new position in Portland. Community for Youth is seeking a new Executive Director! The full job description is available here.The YMCA of Greater Seattle is seeking an Executive Director, Accelerator Branch!
This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to promote the YMCA’s social responsibility platform in our local community. This position will be responsible for the overall leadership of the strategic, financial and operational aspects of the Accelerator YMCA. The full job description is available here!
Thank you for continuing to work together to advance the youth development field. Hope to see you soon!

The YDEKC Team
Jessica Werner, Executive Director
Sarah Terry, Research & Evaluation Manager
René Murry, Public Policy Manager
Anne (Powell) Arias, Project Manager
Eddie Cleofe, Communications & Database Coordinator

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Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is a coalition of youth-serving organizations working together to improve outcomes for young people.