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YDEKC Field Notes – July & August 2016

POSTED ON August 12, 2016

Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends –

Summer is moving fast and furiously. With strategic refresh planning underway, learning from other communities at the Every Hour Counts System Building Institute in Chicago last week, a YDEKC Mariner’s game outing on Tuesday (15 innings to beat Detroit!), and saying goodbye to our member engagement and communications coordinator Andrea Lopez-Diaz, we have had a few crazy weeks at YDEKC! Please read on to learn more about voicing your support of the Best Starts implementation plan, upcoming events and opportunities, and be sure to spread the word that YDEKC is hiring a new Communications and Database Coordinator.

Enjoy these final (hopefully sunnier) weeks of summer.
In Service, Jessica

Advocacy: Garnering systemic support of the youth development field

Save the Date! YDEKC’s Annual Member Only Summit will be held on November 16th, 2016 from 9 am – 3:00 pm. More information to come!

King County: The top priority for YDEKC advocacy currently focuses on BEST STARTS FOR KIDS!
The next hearing will be held on August 16th at 1:30 with a focus on the Communities of Opportunity section of the implementation plan.
Please consider attending the Hearing on August 23, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 in the King County Council Chambers. The Council will review the BSK plan for strategies supporting 5-24 year olds. YDEKC plans to testify and hopes you’ll considering doing so too! We will have YDEKC stickers for you to wear and we can help with talking points for those who are interested in testifying. Please let know if you plan to attend and testify.
City of Seattle: YDEKC has been following the livable schedules ordinance.  We have been reaching out to programs that work in youth employment for more direction on the policy regarding part-time workers.  If you have an interest in this area, please let me know! Check out this report, commissioned by the City Council and the Mayor in May, detailing responses from hundreds of workers and business managers from a number of industries on a wide range of scheduling issues.

Children’s Alliance: Advocacy Camp  10/5 – 10/7
Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way, Washington,
Advocacy Camp provides the opportunity to strengthen your voice, your power, and your skills to make the change in children’s lives. Learn more here. Scholarships and financial assistance with child care and transportation are available. Interpretation is available on request. You can fill out an online application here.

Seattle Human Services Coalition: City Budget Task Force
SHSC’s City Budget Task Force has delivered to the Mayor’s Office, a portfolio of SHSC members’ recommendations of what we need to do in the 2017-18 budget to come closer to their shared vision of a Just and Thriving Community.

Outcomes: Promoting common youth development outcomes

YDEKC continues to play a role in elevating motivation, engagement, and social emotional learning in partnership with the Road Map Project and with and for our members. Much is happening in this space locally and nationally as recognition of the importance of the skills and dispositions that influence youth success grows.

Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks Workgroup (SELB)
On August 17, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks Workgroup (SELB) will meet at the Renton Technical College Annex in Renton, WA. Light refreshments and lunch will be available for committee members only. This will be an important meeting for the SEL Benchmark drafting process after the council has received feedback on their initial draft.

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

Advocacy 101 Training with Rene Murry 10/20
Shoreline Library 10/20, 4:30 to 6:30
Save the Date for an advocacy training!  If you would like to come to an advocacy training or have someone from your organization that you would like to send along, Rene Murry will be presenting on Advocacy 101 for the North Urban Human Services Association. Please email Rene with any questions at

Risk Management for Programs Serving Children: Preventing Sexual Misconduct 
2100 Building  10/11 12pm to 2pm
Join WayFind for a new legal training on the important and sensitive issue of keeping children safe while in the care of programs intended to serve them. This training will cover the risks involved when serving children, prevention of sexual misconduct, insurance coverage, releases, and legal compliance requirements. The cost for a non-profit professional is $60. Register here.

SOAR Putting the Pieces Together: The Transformational Power of Community Knowledge and Wisdom, Friday, August 26, 2016
8:30-3:30 PM | Renton Technical College
We are stronger together. Let’s raise our voices and engage in a day of music, dance, spoken word, testimony, reflection, dialogue, and action in support of thriving children, youth, families and communities. Registration:

EverFi Resources 
EverFi provides K-12 online courses to over 12,000 schools that are available to all community-based organizations and schools at no cost in King County! This valuable resource prepares students for the real world and closes gaps in education by teaching critical life skills surrounding topics like coding, digital citizenship, financial literacy, and career readiness. If you’re interested in learning more about EverFi’s courses and supplemental resources, please contact the WA EverFi contact, Shannon Gedo at

Members on the Move & Job Opportunities

YDEKC is Hiring! – Database and Communications Coordinator
Come work for us! Produce THIS YDEKC FIELD NOTES newsletter! The Communications and Database Coordinator manages all social media, web presence and communications; supports Salesforce database management and provides administrative functions including meeting notes, logistics, event planning and financial documentation. The position will remain open until filled, first reviews start on 8/22.

CIS of Renton: Sue Paro, YDEKC wishes you well on your next journey!
Sue Paro has retired from her role of Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Renton. YDEKC appreciates all of your partnership and contributions in the Youth Development field!

Powerful Voices: Welcome Jennifer Bright!
Jennifer comes to Power Voices as their new Interim Executive Director! Jennifer is Co-Founding Principal and Consultant at Luma Consulting. She serves nonprofits and foundations as an advisor, facilitator, and interim executive director.

Youth Program Directory


OVER 1,000 Programs!
We just hit the milestone of over 1,000 programs listed in the Youth Program Directory! Woot Woot! 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 directoryList 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
Rene Murry, Public Policy Manager
(YOU! Or someone you know?), Communications and 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.