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YDEKC Field Notes – February 2017

POSTED ON February 28, 2017
Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends –

As 2017 continues at a breakneck pace with activity happening locally, across the state, and nationally, it can be difficult to notice the small things. At several YDEKC events this month, our members have been grappling with a major question: how do we balance supporting young people in the small moments of difficulty and injustice with doing the work of dismantling structures of oppression that negatively shape the arcs of their lives? The only conclusion we can come to without reservation is that both bodies of work, and their overlap, are essential to ensuring a better future for all young people.

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 | | 206.336.6912

Advocacy: Advocate for policy changes that address youth development field needs and King County youth issues, as determined by emerging issues and membership
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 let know. 
Lunching with Leaders with Sheila Capestany on February 10th 
We had a robust turn out for the lunching with leaders highlighting Best Starts for Kids.  Sheila Capestany shared the most up to date information available about the RFP process and work behind it for the 5-24 phase of the funding.  Megan McJennett, the new 5-24 Policy and Program Manager, was also in attendance.  Sheila’s presentation is available here or onour website.Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Education Summit Update
On February 21st, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a $5M investment in the 13th Year Promise Scholarship to be managed by the Seattle Colleges. Other priority funding areas included: enhancing before and after school opportunities, reducing disproportionality in discipline, and growing summer learning programs. For more information, read this letter from Dwane Chappelle, Director of the Department of Education and Early Learning.Sound Transit 3 Education Funding
ST3 has funds that have been identified loosely defined for education. The King County Coucil will decide on fund allocations. YDEKC will advocate for the potential to use some of those funds to assist in youth development education, transportation to programming or perhaps capital use. Please consider completing this survey, so we can better understand the priorities of our membership.

2017 Legislative Session
The 2017 Legislative Session is active! The cut off for policy bills is February 19th, then work sessions, followed by budget advocacy. It is very helpful if your Elected officials hear from you!

One clear message from all providers can be to “SUPPORT NEW AND ADDITIONAL REVENUE in order to fund the McCleary decision.  Please do not cut programs that support children, youth, and families in order to meet this mandate.” Emails and phone calls are effective, and we have YDEKC postcards available. If you would like any sent to you for your use, please contact René at

Check out the list of Representatives and Senators that represent some portions of King County here or on our website. Not sure what your District is? Use this site to find out! Contact info for Representatives and Senators available here!

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

Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit
We are excited to announce our Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit: Early Adopters Project kicked off this month. This diverse cohort of organizations and programs operating at schools across six different school districts will be learning about, applying, and giving feedback on the tools in the Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit while sharing stories and strategies with each other over the next 18 months.

We will be highlighting some of those tools here, and encourage you to check out the full toolkit online. This month, we’re using the Guiding Questions-Partnership Ready Organization checklist to assess the partnership climate and readiness within our own organizations. If you’re a school or district leader, check out Guiding Questions-Partnership Ready School. Whether you’re in the process of developing a partnership or manage many partnerships already, you may find questions you haven’t answered yet or would like to clarify.

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.Immigration Resources for Young People, Families, and Educators
  • Are young people in your programs anxious about encounters with ICE? Kids in Need of Defense created guides (English Version and Spanish Version) for how to respond to ICE agents.
  • Legal Council for Youth and Children has created immigration safety plans (English Version and Spanish Version) for families to talk through.
  • Check out the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Guide for Educators for supporting immigrant and refugee youth.
  • Want more resources? Check out  the ACLU’s Know Your Rights page.
More Than a Goal: Strategies to Support Future Orientation in Youth
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2/27/2017 
Youth who feel hopeful about the future and identify multiple strategies to achieve their goals experience greater academic success. And yet, setting goals with youth—and encouraging them to believe in their own capacity to follow through—is often more difficult than expected. In this workshop, we’ll identify and practice a network of strategies to influence future orientation in youth, including affirming values, distinguishing between learning and performance goals, and envisioning multiple visions of the future. Contact for more info. Register here.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. Contact for more info. Register here.Teaching Tolerance: Teaching About Immigration & Migration
Wyckoff Auditorium, 3/11/2017 9:30-4:00
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, Seattle University’s Poverty Education Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project present “Teaching Tolerance: Teaching about Immigration and Migration,” a symposium for educators at all levels that connects scholarship, teaching, and action. More info and registration here.Measurement Toolkit Featured Resources
Basic Data Collection Resources: Wondering where to start with program evaluation? Before you delve deep into outcomes data, think about whether you are adequately capturing the basic program data you need. Our tip sheets ondemographic and attendance data can help you get started. Our full Measurement Toolkit is available on our website.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunity for Members
All About Youth Surveys: It’s almost that time of year! Registration is still open for the next session in our Measurement and Evaluation series, which is focused on choosing or creating/revising youth surveys. The workshop will be held on March 14 from 9:30-11:30. The registration link is live at There is more information on this session on our website.

NEW! Research and Evaluation Peer Learning Group: Later in March, we will be 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, with the general topic announced in advance, 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.

Funding & Board Development
Seattle Foundation’s 2016 – 2017 Youth Grantmaking Board released its annual RFP
With $20,000 to go into the community, guided by youth, please forward this to any and every organization you find to align with the following priorities:
-Provide community based out-of-school programming to middle and/or high school aged youth in historically marginalized communities, that are low income, first generation, minority and other underserved students populations – particularly newly arrived immigrant and refugees, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, SE Asians, and/or undocumented youth.
-Prepare students to be successful and achieve a post-secondary education including four year degree, two year degree, and/or certificate programs.
-Support students through wrap around services to overcome barriers to success through mentoring, coaching, or counseling.

Join Washington Nonprofits and receive a discount at Office Max/Office Depot!
Washington Nonprofits is the state association for nonprofits. Membership ensures strategic connections with local, state, and national networks, information, and advocacy. As a YDEKC member, your organization receives a 25% membership discount. To access your membership discount, use this link, fill out the form, and when you reach the payment section, click send a check and then submit a check for 25% less than the regular dues amount.  Please include a note that indicates your membership in YDEKC is the reason for the discount. Access your Office Max/Office Depot discount here!

Board Trainings in King County
501 Commons is now providing the board training sessions that United Way used to offer. Below are the topics scheduled through early 2017. For more information on the series and registration, go here.
Speed Reading Financial Statements: Efficient Review Practices for Board Members – 3/2/2017
Does Your Board Really Understand Fundraising Success? How to define, measure, and achieve it – 3/22/2017

New Solutions: The purpose of United Way of King County’s New Solutions grants is to serve as a catalyst for new ideas offering innovative and promising solutions for underserved communities. We are eager to jumpstart projects with the potential to get traction, leverage/attract new resources and provide lasting benefit to the community. Contact Alice Park or Marlo Klein at or for more information. Applications open on Mar. 1 and are due by Apr. 3.

Members on the Move & Job Opportunities

Welcome YDEKC’s New Members!
Pacific Ballroom Dance
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
STEMPaths Innovation Network
Nexus Youth and Families (formerly Auburn Youth Resources)

Red Eagle Soaring is seeking a new Executive Director. Persons of Native ancestry and identity, with close ties to the local Native Community, with strong administrative skills, and with experience working with youth are especially invited to apply. For inquiries and a full job description, email We will miss Fern Renville’s leadership at RES.

Youth Program Directory
Over 1,000 programs are listed in the Youth Program Directory! If you are in the directory and have changes for any of your program listings, please email our data specialist partner (Elizabeth) at Crisis Clinic 211 with your updates/changes.If you are NOT in the directory, list your program!
Go to the “List Your Program” page and check to see if you meet the directory’s Eligibility Policy. Then please submit both the “Organization Info Form” once and the “Program Info Form” for EACH program that you offer. If one program has multiple sites, you can list all sites within one program listing.Like Youth Program Directory On Facebook & Twitter!
Like the Youth Program Directory Page on Facebook here and follow us on Twitter @YPDKingCounty. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on the latest programs and more! If your organization or program has a good news story that we can link to be spotlighted on our Facebook or Twitter, please email
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.