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YDEKC Field Notes – January 2017

POSTED ON February 2, 2017
Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends –

2017 has begun with a flurry (or maybe winter storm) of activity on the national and state scenes. The peaceful women’s marches all over the world on Saturday – including the Seattle Womxn’s March that began next to our office – made it clear that we will stand together to ensure that decades (of sometimes slow) progress does not erode. There are many opportunities to get involved – we hope to see you in Olympia on Friday with the Children’s Alliance at Have a Heart for Kids Day and on February 20th at the Equity Rally organized by the Equity in Education Coalition. We will be working to ensure that legislators understand how interconnected and essential the web of supports for youth are – from quality afterschool programs to homeless youth supports – and that its going to take additional revenue to help ensure all young people can reach their full potential (see our updated advocacy agenda here.)

Read on for more opportunities to advocate, build your measurement capacity or join our Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit Early Adopters Project (deadline THIS FRIDAY)

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

Advocacy: Garnering systemic support of the youth development field
YDEKC Members prioritized our cross issue and cross jurisdiction advocacy agenda at our November Summit which has been updated here. If you are a YDEKC member and are interested in joining our advocacy committee on a bi-monthly basis, please let know. 2017 Legislative Session
The 2017 Legislative Session began on January 9th, and we at YDEKC are fired up and ready to go! Below is a list of Representatives and Senators that represent some portions of King County. Not sure what your District is? Use this site to find out! Contact info for Representatives and Senators available here!

Please review our Advocacy Agenda and detailed Advocacy Grid. René will be in Olympia to speak with our elected officials over the next several weeks to introduce our agenda. YDEKC is printing postcards to have available to write quick notes regarding legislative issues as session progresses. If you would like to have postcards sent to you in order to quickly respond to action alerts, please contact!YDEKC Member Only Lunching with Leaders: Sheila Capestany, BSK
Gathering Hall at New Holly, 2/10/2017 11:30-1:00
Curious about the BSK RFP process? Enjoy lunch with Sheila Capestany, King County Strategic Adviser for Children and Youth and Best Starts for Kids, and additional BSK Staff. Thank you for your robust response! Please arrive a few minutes early for networking.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.Have a Heart for Kids Day, January 27
United Churches of Olympia, 1/27/2017 9:00-3:00
You are powerful when you speak up for kids. You are even more powerful when you speak up alongside hundreds of parents, grandparents and advocates for kids! Please join Children’s Alliance at Have a Heart for Kids Day at the State Capitol. There’s never been a more important time to join together, choose hope, and fight for ALL Washington’s children. Sign Up Here!Equity Rally in Olympia, February 20
State Capitol, Olympia, 2/20/2017 10:00
On February 20 we will come together to form a human chain linking the Capitol Building to the Temple of Justice – symbolizing our vision of justice in the legislature. We will rally on the Capitol steps, hold a press conference and meet with elected officials to work together towards a more equitable system. Check out thisflyer and email for more information!
Outcomes: Promoting common youth development outcomes

Our Measurement Toolkit is now online!
The materials used in YDEKC’s Shared Measurement Initiative last year are now available on our website. Toolkit components can be used alone or in combination and will serve as the basis of our Measurement and Evaluation training series. We will be featuring individual resources in our monthly newsletter.

Measurement Toolkit Featured Resources
Evaluation Planning Resources: Did you miss our workshop on evaluation planning? All resources used in the workshop are available in our web-based toolkit. Check out our PowerPoint presentation on creating an evaluation plan and use our evaluation planning worksheet to get started.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunity for Members
All About Youth Surveys: Save the date for the next session in our Measurement and Evaluation series, which is focused on choosing or creating/revising youth surveys, 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.

2017 Research and Evaluation Workshop Topics
We are kicking off 2017 with new workshops to support your evaluation needs:

  • Measurement Along the QuEST (Quality to Outcomes) Continuum: This webinar (a new format for us!) walks through the selection of measures aligned to the Quality-Engagement-Skills-Transfer theory of change. Looks at the use of program-level metrics and youth perception data to better understand program performance. Date TBD
  • Reflecting on Evaluation Results: This session introduces the use of data reflection protocols to generate action plans for programs. The second part will focus on the communication of evaluation results to different audiences. June 2017 (specific date TBD)
  • Using School Data to Improve Programs: This deep dive workshop covers the ins and outs of accessing, using, and protecting academic data. Specific focus on the relevance of different kinds of school data to program activities. May 2017 (specific date TBD)

Stay tuned for further information! 

Capacity Building: Increasing member capacity through professional development and networking opportunities

YDEKC is seeking applicants to take part in our Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit: Early Adopters Project!This professional development opportunity will bring together a cohort of CBO/site coordinators to participate in a peer learning group focused on school-community partnerships, receive site-specific technical assistance, and test the Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit. You will learn and apply a diverse array of tools to develop a shared vision and leadership, aligned and responsive implementation, and shared accountability for your partnership. Download application here. Send your completed application by January 27, 2017 to to become an Early Adopter!Upcoming Seattle Public Schools CBO Trainings Calendar: 
YDEKC’s Cultivating a Growth Mindset – Part 1 (of 2-part series), January 30
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 1/30/2017
Our youth are navigating a world that measures their abilities with increasing frequency. How can we help them persevere at times when they feel they are not meeting the academic, social, or skill-based expectations of school, home or community? In this workshop, we will explore how cultivating a growth mindset in our youth (and in ourselves) leads to stronger persistence and performance, setting a foundation for youth to reach their potential even when faced with challenges. Register 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.
Better words, Better world: Messaging for board members and executives – 1/24/2017
Governance Responsibilities for Not-for-Profit Boards – 2/14/2017
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 – 3/22/2017United Way of King County
Starting on January 13, the United Way of King County is accepting applications for funding in these key areas: Ending Homelessness, Financial Stability, and Early Learning. Due to an increase in interested applicants, some funding will be more competitive than usual. Also, past funding is not a guarantee of future funding.Ending Homelessness: Support will be prioritized for programs that keep people who are homeless off the streets in an effort to make homelessness rare, brief, and one time. Contact Wayne Wilson or (206) 461-5001 for more information. Application deadline is Feb. 24.Financial Stability: Funding will go toward proven strategies that connect low-income people with public benefits, income support, employment, and community resources. Contact Lauren McGowan or (206) 461-6973 for more information. Application deadline is Feb. 24.

Early Learning: This grant aims to bridge the kindergarten readiness gap by focusing on high quality and culturally competent programs that serve communities such as low-income, African American/Black, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, and immigrants/refugees. Contact Hannah Locke at or (206) 461-5021 for more information. Application deadline ranges from Feb. 3 to Feb. 24, depending on the specific funding opportunity.

Social Justice Fund
The mission of Social Justice Fund is to fuel movements for progressive social change, supporting organizations that are community-based and driven to serve communities impacted by injustice and inequality. SJF has several grant opportunities for general operating funds, including “Building Grassroots Power Grant: Leadership Development” (applications due Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m.) and “Environmental Justice” (applications due Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m.). Please read their 2017 grant guidelines and instructions. Eligible organizations must carry out most of its work in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and/or Wyoming.

For arts, cultural, heritage, and preservation organizations in King County, 4Culture offers a number of funding opportunities with deadlines rolling throughout the year. Upcoming grants with immediate deadlines include Facilities: Open for arts and heritage organizations, funding is available to acquire, build, or renovate specialized space that can often be difficult to secure. Deadline is Feb. 22 at 5:00 p.m. or call (206) 263-1610 for more information.

Members on the Move & Job Opportunities

Welcome James Miles, Executive Director of Arts Corps!
James brings extensive experience in arts education, most recently as the Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership in New York City. James has led workshops for multiple celebrated theater programs and taught theater and education as an adjunct professor at NYU. He serves on the board of directors for the Association of Teaching Artists and the Teaching Artist Journal. A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James has presented on arts, technology and education and provided teacher professional development around the world.

(Belated) Welcome Richelle Harrell, Executive Director of Street Yoga!
Street Yoga combines two of Richelle’s passions: youth and yoga. She is avid about empowering our youth to succeed in their lives.   Richelle worked for several years as a Counselor and Case Manager for youth with behavioral, psychological and substance abuse problems, helping them to improve their educational outcomes. She taught youth overseas in South Korea and Kuwait for several years and at Rainier Beach High School Brain Camp program here in Seattle. Richelle also created a leadership program for low-income youth to empower them within their own community to improve the social and economic well being of Camden, N.J. residents.

School’s Out Washington is seeking their next Chief Executive Officer to shape, inspire, and lead the organization’s future in collaboration with a talented team, a committed and engaged Board of Directors, and a set of community partners across the State of Washington. See full job listing here! 1/27/2017 priority deadline. 

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.