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YDEKC Field Notes – January 2018

POSTED ON February 1, 2018
YDEKC Field Notes, January 2018                                                                                  View this email in your browser

Youth Development Executives of King County
Working to advance the youth development field
Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends – 

2018 is off to a fast and furious start, with great opportunities coupled with new challenges facing the youth serving sector, and nonprofits in particular. The (short) legislative session is off and running with hopeful signs of positive momentum on a number of bills that would improve supports for children and youth. 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. Thanks to all of our members who weighed in on our first annual Member survey – we’ll be sharing what we learned from you in the coming months. Read on for more ways to get involved and improve your practice. We hope to see you soon.

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

YDEKC’s Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit
What are the relationship practices that build authentic school-community partnerships? At our most recent Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit cohort session, the participants drew on their learnings from the Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Authentic School-Community Partnerships Institute last August to discuss how dominant white cultural values show up in our partnerships and organizations and what actions we are taking to transform those systems and relationships. Click here to access resources and materials from the Institute that could help you shape this conversation in your organization or partnership. Contact Anne Powell Arias at if you are interested in learning more about the Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit.

Expanded Learning: A Powerful Tool for Equity
The Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY), in partnership with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), has released a brief about expanded learning as a strategy for equity. The brief describes why and how California’s local education leaders are mobilizing and investing in expanded learning to close the opportunity gap, with specific ideas on how districts can take the next step. Check out the brief here!

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

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

If you missed our Advocacy Deep Dive Newsletter at the beginning of the month, you can find it here. While there is much to be tracking on the County and Local levels (see our cross-jurisdiction priorities here), here are a few ways you can make the most of this short state legislative session that’s in full swing.

Materials from the Alliance for Justice January 3rd Webinar
Are you concerned about what is legal as a non-profit 501(c)3 YDEKC co-hosted a webinar with School’s Out Washington featuring experts from the Alliance for Justice. You can access a recording of the webinar here and webinar materials here.

Expanded Learning Opportunities
Expanded Learning Opportunities day in Olympia was a success on January 9th with 70+ participants in Olympia and over 30 meetings with legislators to advocate for the $2.25 Million for the expansion of the Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiativeand build more awareness and support for the Out-of-School-time field. Contact: to get more involved.

Have a Heart Kids Day, February 8th
The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA, 10:00AM-3:00PM, 2/8/2018
Join the Children’s Alliance for Have a Heart for Kids Day! Have a Heart for Kids Day is a free advocacy day. The day includes advocacy training, a rally at the Capitol, and meetings with state legislators. Registration available here! Questions Contact

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

Our Speakers, Our Stories, Our Strength: Why Storytelling Matters for Educational Justice, February 8th
New Holly Gathering Hall, 5:00PM-8:00PM, 2/8/2018
Join SESEC to hear from community speakers about what people of color need to achieve educational justice. Attendees will participate in discussions to share what they have to offer to help students of color achieve justice. Light dinner provided. Interpretation available upon request. More info here and registration 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.

Funding & Training Opportunities

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!

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.

United Way of King County Funding Opportunities Alert!
United Way of King County will be opening applications in January in Ending Homelessness, Financial Stability, and Early Learning for funding beginning July 1, 2018. Information on upcoming funding available here.

Members on the Move & Job Opportunities

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.