|Youth Development Executives of King County
Working to advance the youth development field
|Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends –
This shortest of months also seems to be one of the busiest with the state legislature in full swing, budget processes beginning at all jurisdictions, and glimpses through the snow of spring and summer beyond. In our Field Notes this month you’ll see many signs of “spring” – progress towards making our partnerships stronger, our programs and classrooms more empathetic, supportive and engaging of all students and our public policy better for kids and families. We are gearing up for our annual Member Summit for Executive Leaders of youth serving non-profits on March 21st, and also kicking off several new projects that you’ll learn about as you read on!
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In service and gratitude,
Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County
ydekc.org | firstname.lastname@example.org | 206.336.6912
|Whole Day, Whole Child: We convene and participate in cross-sector collaborations to improve the alignment of efforts supporting children and youth in King County.
New! YDEKC Professional Development Cohort for Highline Public Schools Partners, Applications Due March 5th
Are you a YDEKC Member Organization providing direct service programming to youth in partnership with Highline Public Schools? Are you interested in connecting and sharing best practices with colleagues who are also engaged in school-community partnerships? This spring we are launching a Highline School-Community Partnerships Cohort. This professional development opportunity will bring together a cohort of community based organization site coordinators to participate in a peer learning group focused on school-community partnerships, receive site-specific technical assistance, and apply tools from our Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit. Click here for an application. Apply by March 5, 2018!
Save the Date: Whole Child/Whole Day Social Emotional Learning Symposium, August 10th
Save the date for YDEKC’s 2018 Road Map Region Whole Child/Social Emotional Learning Symposium! We will be returning to Highline College on Friday, August 10th for a day full of cross-sector learning and connection. This year’s symposium will include both system leaders and practitioners with useful content for both audiences. Check out summaries of our last two SEL Symposia here.
Promote YOUR Summer Jobs to UW Students at Upcoming Employment Fair
The Office for Youth Programs Development and Support at the University of Washington is organizing the second annual Youth Programs Summer Employment Fair on April 3, 2018. Registration is currently open for interested organizations with open paid or volunteer positions working with youth this summer. If you are interested in tabling at this event and speaking to students about your summer positions, please register here. Organizations are required to register in advance and space is limited. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
YDEKC’s Social Emotional Learning Newsletter
Are you interested in social emotional learning around the county and country? Our new, periodic newsletter focuses on the critical skills and dispositions that young people need to be successful in school and beyond and the adult practices necessary to ensure all young people feel a sense of belonging and the self-efficacy to thrive. Sign up for the newsletter here! Back issues of the newsletter are available on our website here.
Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: Survey & Interim Report
The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, which was launched to “advance a new vision for what constitutes success for our schools and our students,” seeks your input in the process of preparing recommendations for the fall. The Commission recently released their Interim Report to share what they have learned so far, including key points such as (a) learning is social and emotional, (b) the interconnectedness of social, emotional, and academic development must be reflected in all aspects of schooling, (c) educators’ social and emotional competence is crucial to this work, and (d) local communities need to shape and drive the process of comprehensively supporting students.
|Advocacy: We advocate for policy changes that address youth development field needs and issues impacting King County youth.
Washington State Legislature
We continue to watch and sign-in on many bills that will have positive outcomes for kids. House and Senate Budgets came out this week, so much more analysis to be done, but early good news that the Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative is in the House budget at $750K (flat funded). As always, Laurie Lippold’s weekly round up from Partners for our Children is a go-to during session to get a glimpse into what’s happening in Olympia.
Best Starts for Kids 2017 in ReviewBest Starts for Kids implementation is in full swing, and we are making excellent progress toward our shared vision for King County children, young people, and families. Our accomplishments this year speak to the hard work of our partners and communities to put every baby born and every child raised in King County on a path to health, well-being, and lifelong success.” Read on here for more of Sheila’s letter and Best Start’s first annual year in review report to the community.
From Sheila Capestany, Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth: “As I write to you,
Seattle Human Services Coalition City Budget Recommendations, Training March firstname.lastname@example.org to rsvp or for more information.
Do you have ideas for actions that will benefit the people you serve, but don’t have enough resources to implement them? All SHSC members have the opportunity to submit recommendations directly to SHSC for inclusion in our recommendations for City of Seattle Budget Policy. Following the guidelines and template provided, as well as active advocacy, will make your recommendation most effective. All recommenders must be SHSC members and recommendations must articulate how they will Build Well-being in Communities throughout Seattle. To learn how to be included in recommendations and how to navigate the City Budget Process, come to training on Monday, Mar 12, 2:30-4:30pm. Reply to
|Field Building, Funding & Training Opportunities
Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) Summer 2018 RFI is open! Applications are due February 28th!
In Summer 2018, the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning will invest up to $1 million in school and community-based programs that prevent summer learning loss and improve academic outcomes for Seattle elementary, middle, and high school students. This funding is provided by the Families and Education Levy, which was last approved by voters in 2011. Funding has also been provided by the 2018 City Budget to incorporate culturally responsive practices into Levy summer programming. For more information and application materials are available here. RSVP for information sessions available here.
Creative Facilitation Training with Partners for Youth Employment
2100 Building, 3/30-21/2018 and 4/20-21/2018, 9AM-5PM
Harness the incredible power of creativity to transform your programs, classroom, or workplace. In our Creative Facilitation Training series, you’ll gain potent but practical skills and strategies for unlocking potential and purpose in youth, or groups of adults. More info and registration available here!
2018 Voter Education Fund
Applications are now open for the 2018 Voter Education Fund. King County Elections and Seattle Foundation are awarding $460,000 in grants to increase voter engagement in underserved communities. Organizations encouraged to apply include, but are not limited to, those serving communities of color, limited-English speaking communities, people with disabilities, low-income youth, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and people who have been convicted of a felony.
Best Starts for Kids Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices RFP is open! Applications due April 9th!
The request for proposals to fund trauma-informed and restorative practices (TIRP) in the school environment is now available here. Best Starts for Kids’ trauma-informed and restorative practices work is grounded in the belief that all children and young people can thrive in environments where communities’ cultures are respected and nurtured. This funding opportunity will support innovative approaches to implement trauma-informed and restorative practices in school environments.
United Way of King County Funding Opportunities Alert!
United Way of King County’s applications for Ending Homelessness and Early Learning for funding beginning July 1, 2018 are now open! Information on this and upcoming funding available here.
|Members on the Move & Job Opportunities
Congratulations to Lacie West, the Service Board’s new Executive Director!
Lacie joined the Service Board as the Interim Executive Director in September 2017 and assumed the permanent role in December 2017. Prior to tSB, Lacie served as the Director of Development & Communications for College Access Now (CAN). She led all aspects of CAN’s marketing and fundraising efforts as well as provided strategic leadership, planning, analysis and recommendations as a member of the leadership team.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service is seeking an Executive Director!
ACRS’s Executive Director provides strategic direction and collarborative leadership to develop and execute the organization’s mission to serve the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community locally, regionally, and nationally under the direction of the ACRS Board of Directors. View the full job announcement here.
Team Read is seeking an Executive Director!
Team Read seeks an Executive Director experienced in navigating and maintaining public and private partnerships and in forging new partnerships and to support the mission of an organization. It is critical that the Executive Director understands the social justice implications of the work in which Team Read is engaged. View the full job announcement here.
|Thank you for continuing to work together to advance the youth development field. We hope to see you soon!
The YDEKC Team
Jessica, Mona, Sarah, Rene, Anne & Eddie
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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.