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YDEKC Field Notes, May 2019

POSTED ON May 31, 2019
YDEKC Field Notes, May 2019
Youth Development Executives
of King County

Greetings YDEKC Members & Friends!

It’s hard to believe the end to another school year is here, as end of year performances and summer camp planning converges. Whether you are a parent, a youth serving provider or both, it is a busy time of year! Our annual membership pledge drive is in full swing, and we encourage you to recommit to YDEKC if you are – or would like to be – one of our members. As a reminder, our member organizations provide direct service for young people ages 5 – young adult in King County. We hope you will enjoy these sunny, long days ahead, and look forward to seeing you soon!Use the hyperlinks below to jump to a specific section of our Field Notes.

 Whole Child, Whole Day | Advocacy | Summer is Coming!
In service and gratitude,
Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County | | 206.336.6912

Whole Child, Whole Day: We convene and participate in cross-sector collaborations to improve the alignment of efforts supporting children and youth in King County.

Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium

Highline College, 8/9/2019, 9:00AM-4:15PM
Registration is open for YDEKC’s Annual Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium on August 9 at Highline College for people who work in youth development and education! This year, the workshops will center on these themes:

  • Identity Development to Celebrate the Whole Child
  • Strengthening Adult Mindsets and Social and Emotional Skills
  • Trauma Informed and Healing Practices
  • Centering Youth and Family Leadership
  • Teaching SEL with Cultural Relevance

Please spread the word about the symposium. Last year was a sold-out event, so we encourage you all to register ASAP! Learn more about the Symposium here.

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

Advocacy Hot Topics: PSTAA
Webinar, 06/04/2019, 11:30AM-12:00PM
Join YDEKC’s Advocacy Team for our second hot topics webinar to learn more about the Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Act (PSTAA). Registration available here.

YDEKC Member Only Lunching with Leaders: King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci
Friends of Youth, 06/27/2019, 11:30AM-1:30PM
Join other YDEKC members for lunch and conversation with King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci. Registration available here.

Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account 
With the passing of SB5851, now the action moves squarely back to King County for decision making on how to spend this resource. To learn more about opportunities for community engagement and the consultant reports that have been published, visit the County’s PSTAA website here, or join us for our hot topics webinar!

Summer is Coming!

Get Equipped with the Summer Learning Toolkit
Webinar, 6/19/2019, 9:30AM-10:30AM
Join Every Hour Counts to explore the Wallace Foundation’s new Summer Learning Toolkit. The Toolkit features over fifty practical tools and resources to help districts and their expanded-learning partners design and deliver high-quality summer programs. More info and registration available here.

Mark Your Calendar: National Summer Learning Week is on July 8-12, 2019!
Nationwide, 7/8-12/2019
Summer Learning Week is a national advocacy week coordinated by the National Summer Learning Association aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed. Plan a Summer Learning Week event can be as easy as you want it!

  • Get Social: Do a fun and engaging activity with your youth, and post pictures/videos on social media using the hashtags: #ExpandedLearningWA #KeepKidsLearning #SUMMERLEARNING #SummerLearningWeek
  • Make It Interactive: Invite the community and families to your summer program to see youth’s work and engage in interactive activities
  • Gain Local Support: Reach out to local leaders (mayor, governor, school board leader, principal, superintendent, etc.) to visit your program in ACTION.

Let’s put Washington State on the map this year with at least 50 registered Summer Learning Day events. Don’t forget to register your event and check out School’s Out Washington’s Summer Learning page for more information and resources.

ICYMI: Road Map Summer Learning Exploratory Study (2018)
Learn about the findings of the Road Map Summer Learning Exploratory Study. This report summarizes the findings and lessons learned of the Summer Learning Exploratory Study, which was designed to build a community of practice focused on mitigating summer learning loss and to engage in exploratory assessment of summer program quality, youth engagement, and participant academic growth. Fourteen King County-based summer programs from seven organizations participated in this study in 2017 and 2018.

Thank you for the continuing to work together to advance the youth development field. We hope to see you soon!

The YDEKC Team
Jessica, Mona, Sarah, René, Anne, Eddie, and Hikma