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YDEKC Field Notes – June & July 2017

POSTED ON June 29, 2017
Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends – 

June has been an exciting month at YDEKC to deepen our Field Building work with two new Communities of Practice for youth development leaders launching this month. We are glad to be partnering with the Women’s Funding Alliance to support the Executive Leaders cohort of their GLOW initiative – 14 incredible women leaders of organizations serving girls. We are also learning alongside 8 of our member organizations in a newly formed Racial Equity Community of Practice that is being facilitated by the Non-Profit Assistance Centerand FRO PROS. We look forward to sharing resources and key learnings that emerge out of both groups over the course of the next year.

We also want to highlight an exciting funding opportunity: the Best Starts for Kids Youth Development RFP is now open! This funding opportunity will support organizations for up to three years, focusing on mentoring, youth leadership and engagement opportunities, positive identity development, and healthy relationships.

Women’s Funding Alliance GLOW Initiative Executive Leader Cohort 

We hope that you find time to recharge this summer, and we look forward to seeing you at one of the events or activities outlined throughout our e-news below.

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

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

KCYDN Re-Launch Summer BBQ
Judkins Park, 7/13/2017, 12:00-2:00PM
Are you a youth development practitioner working directly with young people and looking to connect with others in the field? We are excited to be partnering with School’s Out Washington and SOAR to re-launch theKing County Youth Development Network with a Summer BBQ! A time to unwind, network, gain valuable information, and provide feedback. Join us and enjoy some food and fun in the sun! RSVP here!

Measurement Toolkit Featured Resources: Beyond the Numbers
If you are collecting qualitative data from interviews and focus groups, you might be wondering how best to summarize and present that information. Our PowerPoint presentation and tip sheet on the analysis and reporting of qualitative results can help!

Upcoming Measurement Toolkit Training: Now What? Analysis, Reporting, and Communication
The next workshop in our measurement series is scheduled for August 15. This session will focus on the communication of evaluation results to different audiences (staff, funders, other stakeholders). We will also touch on the nuts and bolts of analyzing and reporting qualitative and quantitative findings in a way that is both accurate and compelling. Registration is now open.

Research and Evaluation Peer Learning Community
Our informal learning community focused on research and evaluation has now met twice, and has had rich discussions around the design and use of youth surveys. This group is a great opportunity to share dilemmas and expertise with your peers in an informal setting. If you are interested in getting involved, e-mail Sarah Terry with questions.

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.

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

Social Emotional Learning in Action: A Symposium for Practitioners in the Road Map Region
Highline College, 8/18/2017, 9:00AM-4:00PM followed by Happy Hour with The Creative Advantage
YDEKC is excited to announce Social Emotional Learning in Action: A Symposium for Practitioners! The Symposium will be an interactive professional development experience to enhance your ability to build social and emotional strengths in yourself and your students across differences of race and culture. For more info, check out the event flyer here. Registration is available here. Space is filling up fast!

Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit
How do community partners know that the services they are offering meet the needs of students in a particular school or district?  Our Tip Sheet: Conducting a Community Assessment and Tip Sheet: Understanding School and Student Needs offer suggestions and resources for starting to identify a community’s assets and needs.  If you’re preparing to develop a new partnership or bringing a new coordinator on board, here’s an activity you can try.

  • Research the school online for 30 minutes.  Look for and print out the following: District strategic plan, OSPI report card, school report, annual school improvement plan, school mission and values, and survey data (family, student, staff).
  • Imagine you are the Principal of the school that you partner (or want to partner) with and you want to become an expert of your school’s qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Take 20-30 minutes to review the data using the Data to Practice Protocol.
  • Next, review the Tip Sheet for an Initial Partner Meeting.
  • Ask a colleague to role play with you.  You will the Principal of the school.  The other person will be themselves, and imagine that their organization wants to partner with this particular school.
  • Using the Tip Sheet for an Initial Partner Meeting, role play what your conversation might look like as you build a vision for partnering.  Refer back to the data as needed to figure out where the school and organization have opportunities and needs that align.

Would you like to bring an activity like this to your entire team?  Contact Anne Arias at aarias@ydekc.orgabout bringing toolkit resources and activities to your next team meeting.

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

State Budget
We are on pins and needles about the Washington State Budget negotiations that are rumored to be public before the June 30th deadline to prevent a budget shut down. Our fingers are crossed that the legislature will be able to meet the McCleary mandate without cutting other critical services for our youth and families.

Seattle Human Services Coalition’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

The SHSC Celebration was delightful and a time to recognize the coalition’s efforts in bringing attention to the need to support Human Services in the city of Seattle. Tony Lee was recognized for his life time of service.

King County Vets and Human Services Levy – get it on the ballot!
The Vets & Human Services Levy  is an essential part of funding for the safety net for King County residents.It’s up for renewal this fall – if King County Council puts it on the ballot. The Vets & Human Services Levy is currently under consideration by the King County Council. The Executive has recommended $0.12 per $1000 in KC property tax, but there is an amendment to lower this to $0.10. This would be a significant reduction in the funds that would be available to serve Veterans, Family Services, and Seniors.

YDEKC testified in support of the levy on June 14th and will continue to support the levy at the amount recommended by the Executive.  Lifting the Veterans, Families, and Seniors in our community helps our kids!

Please call and email the King County councilmembers to let them know you care and encourage them to maximize the potential of the levy.

Don’t leave $10M worth of hope & help on the floor.

Join us, along with your colleagues, to stand together and let the council know they should approve the Executive’s proposed levy at 12 cents!

Funding & Training Opportunities

Best Starts for Kids Youth Development RFPs are open!
The Request for Proposals to support Youth Development activities is now available here. This funding opportunity will support organizations for up to three years, focusing on mentoring, youth leadership and engagement opportunities, positive identity development, and healthy relationships. Applications are due August 10th by 2pm. Follow the Best Starts for Kids Blog for the latest updates!

Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition July Meeting: Community Meeting & Social Hour
Puget Sound Community School & Eastern Cafe, 7/13/2017, 4:00-6:30PM
Join NPARC for ninety minutes of community caucusing (4:00PM-5:30pm) with a subsequent networking social hour at Eastern Cafe. *Note: Caucusing is open to NPARC members only, and the Social Hour is open to non-members! More details and registration available here. Not sure if you or your organization is an active member? Email!

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act RFPs are open!
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is seeking applications from qualified organizations with expertise in providing workforce services for Out-of-School and In-School Youth. Details are available here, under RFP No. 17-04.

Lean Learning Hour with Seattle Housing Authority & Impact Consultancy
Seattle Housing Authority Jesse Epstein Room, 7/10/2017, 9:00-10:00AM
The Seattle Housing Authority will be hosting Impacy Consultancy’s July’s 1-hour learning session!  Find out how they’ve applied Lean to their services.  It’s fast, it’s powerful, it’s FREE. RSVP and more information available here.

Free Up Hidden Capacity and Improve Outcomes through Visual Management
Webinar, 7/12/2017, 9:00-10:00AM
Learn how mission-driven organizations have applied Visual Management to free up capacity & time, improving their outcomes.  This training is perfect for leaders and staff that are interested in growing their organizations and experiencing new found capacity for themselves and their teams. Registration available here.

Improving Education & Human Service Outcomes Using Human Centered Design
2100 Building, 7/17/2017, 9:00-10:00AM
Learn how Human Centered Design (HCD) is being used to build new programs and services by INCLUDING the user in the design of the programming and services.  Join us to learn the basics of HCD and how it can be applied to create innovative, lasting solutions to the complex issues our community faces. More information and registration available here.

Members on the Move

Welcome YDEKC’s newest members!

K.D. Hall Foundation
The purpose of the K.D. Hall Foundation is to support women and girls in their development and economic advancement by being ready and prepared for their current or future careers. We communicate this in a various of ways such as conferences, Public Relations campaigns, workshops small and large and webinars that encourage, inspire and propel women of all ages, nationalities and sexualities around the world. K.D. Hall Foundation partners with colleges, organizations, government and more to create opportunities and experiences for women through mentorship, career opportunities and community partnerships.

SOS Outeach
SOS programs engage at-risk youth through adventure sports. Students who might not typically have access to outdoor sports learn new activities like skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking and stand up paddle boarding. Along the way they are mentored by adult volunteers, practice SOS’s core values, take part in leadership workshops, and complete service learning projects. The SOS curriculum requires increased commitment each year, allowing youth to develop over time into healthy, confident, active members of the community.

Communities in Schools of Auburn is seeking a new Executive Director! 
Communities In Schools of Auburn is part of the nation’s largest dropout prevention network serving at risk youth in Auburn since 2001. They are currently seeking a dynamic leader to advance our local affiliate serving students across eight focus schools. Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, application and resume to All materials must be received in electronic form by close of business on Wednesday, July 7, 2017 for consideration. The full job description is available here.

the Service Board is seeking their next fearless Executive Director!
the Service Board (tSB) was founded as a call to action in 1995 in response to a drug-related murder of a young snowboarder. The founders knew then what is true now: The world is complex and youth are vulnerable. However, given the right combination of exploring their passions, having positive adult role models and engaging in service and adventure, youth will thrive and impact the communities around them. The organization has consistently been a small organization with a large influence, serving 66 youth in 2016, with a 2017 operating budget of $320,000, a staff of four, a 14-member Board of Directors, and over 100 adult mentors and community volunteers. Applications will be accepted through June 30th. The full job description is available here.

Leadership Tomorrow is seeking a strategic and creative Executive Director!
The executive director is responsible for inspiring broad support for LT, building relationships across our diverse region, leading staff and volunteers, developing resources, guiding strategic planning , and implementing programs. The executive director provides leadership and advice to the Board on policy issues, and acts as the chief spokesperson for the organization. The full job description is available here.

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.