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YDEKC Field Notes, November 2018

POSTED ON November 28, 2018
YDEKC Field Notes, November 2018                                                                 View this email in your browser
Youth Development Executives of King County
Working to advance the youth development field
Greetings YDEKC Members & Friends – 

This month we are extremely grateful for our 112 member organizations in King County that are working every day to ensure our young people thrive. At our annual Advisory Board retreat earlier this month we welcomed five new advisory board members and dug deep into questions around racial equity and  accountability in the non-profit sector and as a member based organization. We look forward to expanding the conversation in 2019 with our members at our annual member summit in March and other member engagement opportunities.

Don’t forget to make sure your programs are up to date in the Youth Program Directory and to Like us on Facebook to stay up to speed until our next newsletter.

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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. 

YDEKC’s Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit: Preparing to Partner with Principals
Anne Arias, YDEKC Project Manager, recently reflected on attending Seattle Public School’s Fall Partner Kick-Off: “[YDEKC] had the opportunity to network with fellow partners, hear from the new Superintendent Denise Juneau, and learn from the perspectives of several school principals.” Read on to learn more about partnerships and explore the many tools in the School & Community Partnership Toolkit!

New YDEKC Report: Road Map Region Social and Emotional Learning Landscape Scan
We have been sharing our recently published regional scan of the Social Emotional Learning landscape in South King County. At SOWA’s Bridge Conference last month, Mona Grife, YDEKC’s SEL Senior Manager presented about our SEL scan, and Tacoma’s Whole Child Initiative with the team from Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Read on to learn more about systems and structures that support whole child outcomes in the Road Map Region! To share feedback, get involved in the SEL Action Team, request a presentation on the scan, or be added to YDEKC’s SEL Newsletter list, contact Mona Grife at

Road Map Project Action Teams
YDEKC staffs two action teams of the Road Map Project: Social Emotional Learning and Expanded Learning Opportunities. Check out the Road Map’s new website here to learn more about the entire project working to increase equitable policies and practices so that 70 percent of South Seattle and South King County students earn a college degree or career credential by 2030.

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

Save the Date: Advocacy Day for Youth Development and Expanded Learning on January 15th
Join YDEKC, School’s Out Washington and SOAR on January 15th for Advocacy Day in Olympia! Come get inspired, get equipped with talking points about youth development and expanded learning, and meet with your legislators. Learn more here and sign up here!

Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Account (PSTAA) Update
King County Council’s PSTAA consultant reports have been released and were presented to Council in November. You can review the PSTAA Needs Assessment Report and PSTAA Strategy Assessment Report here.

Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network
YDEKC is a member of the Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network. Our guiding principle is “Young people’s education doesn’t stop when the school day ends; neither should their access to high-quality learning opportunities. Quality expanded learning opportunities build lifelong skills, improve academic performance, and inspire young people to discover their individual passions. When expanded learning is supported to complement the school day, our state can narrow the opportunity gap and develop tomorrow’s leaders.” Learn more and join the Network here!

Field Building, Funding & Training Opportunities

Where and When Does Learning Happen: A Thought Leader Conversation with Karen Pittman
Webinar, 11/30/2018, 10:00AM
How can schools and youth development organizations better align to support the entire education ecosystem? Who are all the people in the local community who contribute to learning and improving outcomes for young people? How are these people trying to connect to their local schools? What are their interests and voices? On this special thought leader conversation, the Forum for Youth Investment’s CEO and co-founder Karen Pittman, who usually gets to ask the questions in this series of conversations, will offer her reflections and thoughts on the work of the Commission and the Youth Development Work Group, and how the ideas and concepts summarized in the brief can be used to strengthen alignment and collaboration. Register here!

Applications for the Spring 2019 Class of Project LEAD are open!
United Way of King County is recruiting people of color for the 2019 session of Project LEAD (Leadership, Effectiveness, and Diversity)! Project LEAD is an in-depth leadership program that focuses on recruiting, training, and connecting people of color to boards and committees of local non-profit organizations. Program details and the online application are available here. The application deadline is November 18, 2018. Questions? Contact theVolunteer Engagement Team.

Save the Date for the 8th Annual Ready by 21 National Meeting!
Seattle, 4/23-25/2019
Every year, the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 – for college, work and life. These leaders have dedicated themselves to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement. In 2019, over 500 leaders will convene April 23-25 in Seattle, Washington for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting! You’ll hear strategies, research and stories about partnering for better impact, aligning policies, improving program quality and performance, and embracing readiness in the pursuit of equity. Learn more and stay tuned for announcements here!

Members on the Move & Job Opportunities

The University of Washington is seeking a Director of the GEAR UP Achievers Partnership!
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a national college-readiness program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. The UW came together this year with four South King County school districts and several community partners to create the GEAR UP Achievers Partnership. The Director will launch this newly-funded Achievers partnership and make it thrive. View the full Job Description 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, René, Anne, Eddie & Hikma

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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.