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YDEKC Field Notes – May 2017

POSTED ON May 31, 2017
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Youth Development Executives of King County
Working to advance the youth development field
Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends –

Despite another school year winding down, there is so much that is stalled (state budget) or just starting (campaign season) that slowing down is not on the radar. This month we are excited to be launching a new community of practice for YDEKC members working to embed Racial Equity within their organizations (read on for more information). Registration is also now open for our Social Emotional Learning Practitioners Symposium (August 18th). We look forward to engaging with you soon!

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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.

Racial Equity Community of Practice Applications
YDEKC is “committed to building a society where race is not a predictor of one’s success. We must address racism and racial inequities in our own organizations and institutions while also working for the policies, programs and systems in other sectors that will lead to optimum outcomes for all.”

It is for this reason – the need to tackle equity issues within our own organizations – that we are excited to announce the launch of our Racial Equity Community of Practice facilitated by our friends at the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC). The Community of Practice is open to YDEKC Member Organizations, represented by one or two individuals who are actively engaged with implementing or leading racial equity focused workwithin their own organization. For questions or more information, contact Jessica Werner or 206-336-6912. Application is available here!

Racial Equity in the Youth Development Field
We launched recruitment for our community of practice at a YDEKC Member Conversation on Racial Equity in the Youth Development Field on May 11. Check out the links below to explore some recent esearch and resources about racial equity in the youth development field.
Member Conversation: Racial Equity in the Youth Development Field Slides
Public Allies’ Advancing Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector Paper
YDEKC Racial Equity Project with Leadership Tomorrow
Racial Equity Matrix Tool

Measurement Toolkit Featured Resources: Using School Data
If your program has activities and goals that are directly related to academic achievement, then you probably spend time thinking about school-generated data. Our tip sheet describing different types of school data and our planning with school data worksheet can help you make sense of this information.

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
We held the first meeting of our learning community of research and evaluation practitioners in April, and will meet again on June 8. This is a great opportunity to share dilemmas and expertise with your peers in an informal setting. If you are interested in getting involved, RSVP here or 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
August 18 at Highline College, 9:00AM-4:30PM 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. If you are interested in presenting at the symposium, please say so in your registration!

Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out
The Wallace Foundation’s Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out: Looking Inside and Across 25 Leading SEL Programs is an in-depth guide to 25 evidence-based programs. The report looks at 25 top SEL programs to identify and summarize key features and attributes of programming for elementary-age children, addressing the need for detailed information about SEL curricula and implementation to help schools and OST providers make informed decisions.

Inside CASEL’s New SEL District Resource Center
Webinar, 5/24/2017, 10:00-11:00AM
Join CASEL’s free webinar for a guided tour of our new SEL District Resource Center. This new website provides guidance, approaches, and more than 500 tools and resources to help your school district systemically implement SEL. Register here.

YDEKC’s Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit
A thriving partnership ecosystem features three common elements: shared vision and leadership; aligned, responsive implementation; and shared accountability for success. As you develop, assess, or strengthen a partnership, it can be helpful to look more closely at each of these elements. In a recent Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit cohort session, we used the Shared Vision and Leadership Checklist to dive into the first of these elements. What do YOU think of this tool? Let us know!

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

Seattle Human Services Coalition’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
June 8 at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5:30PM 
YDEKC is proud to serve on the steering committee of the Seattle Human Services Coalition. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of SHSC and the hundreds of providers of health and human services, and honor human service provider and committee member Tony Lee, with a lifetime time achievement award. RSVP HERE

King County Vets and Human Services Levy – get it on the ballot!
The Vets & Human Services Levy (alongside Best Starts for Kids and the Mental Illness and Drug Dependencysales tax) is an essential part of funding for the safety net for King County residents. Its up for renewal this fall – IF King County Council puts it on the ballot. Your help is needed to show support for the levy beginning at hearings this week! The King County Alliance for Human Services has provided these helpful talking points.

Continue to show your support for $4m for Expanded Learning Opportunities!
A $4M state investment in the Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative will leverage private sector investments to reach more youth, helping them build the social-emotional and academic skills they need to succeed in school and in life. During the 2017 regular session, this important investment was included in the House budget – help us to ensure that this funding stays in the budget. Already completed a past action alert? Sending another letter now will show just how critical this work is to you and to our state. Let’s show Olympia how important quality expanded learning is to our state. Take action now to tell your state legislators and senator that you want to see them support quality in afterschool!

2017 Legislative Session. And special sessions.
Check out the list of Representatives and Senators that represent some portions of King County here or on ourwebsite. Not sure what your District is? Use this site to find out! Contact info for Representatives and Senatorsavailable here!

Members on the Move

Welcome Elizabeth Whitford, Chief Executive Officer of School’s Out Washington!
As a seasoned non-profit leader passionate about the youth development field, racial equity, and creating systems-level change for the betterment of young people in our state, SOWA looks forward to Elizabeth’s new role as CEO. Elizabeth most recently served as Executive Director of Arts Corps, a nationally-recognized arts education and youth development organization, from 2008 through 2017, moving their vision, strategies and programs toward greater depth, efficacy and social justice impact.

Welcome Jamie Greene, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Renton
Jaime brings over 12 years non-profit leadership experience serving youth and families with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. For the past four years she has been working with schools on a collaborative approach to whole-child programming. Jaime also brings a passion for equity and social justice and a commitment to working toward fairness and opportunities for all through collaboration with community partners.

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.