YDEKC Field Notes, March 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 –
Our 7th annual YDEKC Member Summit last week was an inspirational and energizing day that brought together more than 50 of our executive leaders to share the challenges and opportunities we are facing as non-profit leaders supporting holistic outcomes for kids in King County. In the midst of growing disparities, evolving needs and exciting new funding through Best Starts for Kids, we grappled with the full costs and complexity of our sector. We heard from County Executive Dow Constantine about the County’s vision for “Happy, Healthy, Safe and Thriving” kids and from Sheila Capestany about the County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board’s Equity Statement and commitment. Read more here.
We look forward to partnering with you in the coming months to work towards the vision that Executive Constantine shared of happy, healthy, safe and thriving kids across our cities and County, because as several of our members stated in our Summit closing last week – “together we’re better.”
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 Report!
Recommendations released for community based summer learning programs & their school partners
As planning is in full force for summer programming, we are pleased to share with you a new report about the state of summer learning in our region. YDEKC, in partnership with the Road Map Project, School’s Out Washington, and MEMconsultants, worked with 14 programs to better understand summer learning programs. Read on here to learn about our findings and recommendations.
YDEKC’s Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit
How do you build a community of stakeholders who are invested in the success of your program and partnership? How do you illustrate the impact of your program and how it meets community needs? Our Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit cohort has been developing new communications tools that we are excited to share with you. The Youth Program Partnership Newsletter Guide will help you think through the components you may want to include, while the Youth Program Partnership Newsletter Planning Worksheet walks you through the process of putting your newsletter together. Contact Anne Powell Arias at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about the Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit.
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.
Advocacy: We advocate for policy changes that address youth development field needs and issues impacting King County youth.
A Win for 21st Century CLC Funding!
Congress has funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers at $20 million above last year’s level, increasing available funding for this critical funding source for expanded learning opportunities (ELO) to $1.21 billion! Check out this post from School’s Out Washington to learn more!
March Advocacy Deep Dive – Our Shared Agenda
Did you see our advocacy deep dive earlier this month? If you missed it, check this out for a round up of all things advocacy at the local, County and State that will help all young people thrive!
Field Building, Funding & Training Opportunities
YDEKC Sponsored Professional Development Opportunity for Members: All About Youth Surveys
School’s Out Washington, 4/26/2018, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Are you getting all you can from your youth survey? This workshop will focus on choosing, designing, and/or improving the survey tools you use to evaluate your program. The workshop will be held on April 26 from 9:30-11:30. Registration is available here!
Summer Con Symposium
Tukwila Community Center, 4/3/2018, 9AM-4PM
Summer Con Symposium, School’s Out Washington’s annual mini-conference on summer learning, returns for 2018 with eight sessions, (four concurrent AM and PM offerings). Summer Con Symposium is a day of learning for professionals working for expanded learning opportunities. Registration is available here.
Executing Strategy in the Midst of Daily Urgencies
School’s Out Washington, 4/10/2018, 10AM-12PM
Executing strategic priorities in the midst of daily emergencies is challenging. The whirlwind of urgent activity needed to keep things running day-to-day can devour all the time and energy required to invest in your strategy for tomorrow. This leaves some teams with unfinished goals and projects at the end of the year despite all the effort they make to juggle multiple and often competing priorities. GOOD NEWS: it doesn’t need to be this way. Registration available here.
Creative Facilitation Training with Partners for Youth Empowerment
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.
Members on the Move & Job Opportunities
Welcome Munira Mohamed, the new Executive Director of East African Community Services!
Munira hails from Somalia by way of North Dakota and brings over 15 years of non-profit experience to EACS. As a proud Somali mother, her ties to our communities are unwavering. Munira obtained her MBA with a strong emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Additionally, Munira is the co-founder of Care Center, a culturally responsive education non-profit serving refugees and immigrants from East Africa. She has deep experience with team building, healthy group dynamics and strategies for effective collaboration across cultural difference. She is a proven leader with a systems mind; successful in designing and managing systemic process-oriented change within organizations, while consistently looking for opportunities to better organizational efficiency.
East African Community Services: Faisal Jama, YDEKC wishes you well on your next journey!
YDEKC appreciates your partnership and contributions in the Youth Development field. Congratulations, Faisal!
School’s Out Washington is seeking a King County Grants Manager!
The King County Grants Manager will provide management for the King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Out-of-School Time (OST) strategy, including: contract monitoring and compliance, partnership development, technical assistance for grantees, program evaluation support, and reporting. Working in coordination with the King County ELO System Director to meet the deliverables of the King County BSK OST contract, the King County Grants Manager will play an integral role in the implementation of the BSK OST strategy, supporting grantees to meet project outcomes. View the full job description here.
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
Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is a coalition of youth-serving organizations working together to improve outcomes for young people.