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YDEKC Field Notes, Sept/October 2018

POSTED ON October 3, 2018
YDEKC Field Notes, Sept/October 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 thrilled to release our Social Emotional Learning Landscape Scan that explores the systems and structures in place in the Road Map region to support whole child outcomes across the whole day. For young people to succeed in school, work, and life, they must have access to learning environments where every child feels safe, supported, connected, and inspired to learn and thrive. Read the scan – and the rest of this newsletter – to find opportunities for all of us to support a thriving ecosystem of supports for our young people.

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. 

New YDEKC Report: Road Map Region Social and Emotional Learning Landscape Scan
We are excited to share that our Social and Emotional Learning Landscape Scan of the Road Map Region is complete! The scan summarizes systems and structures in place that support whole child outcomes across the whole day in each of the seven Road Map districts. YDEKC intends to cultivate an SEL Action Team to help shape the vision for the Road Map Project and define YDEKC’s role and priorities moving forward in the SEL Landscape. 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

YDEKC’s Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit: Setting Goals & Logic Models
Anne Arias, YDEKC Project Manager, recently reflected on kicking off a new school year: “As we ask youth in our classrooms and programs to set goals at the beginning of a new school year, I am reminded of the importance of setting our own program goals, and ensuring the activities we design match the outcomes we are hoping to achieve.” Read on to learn more about logic models and explore the many tools in the School & Community Partnership Toolkit!

Partnership Opportunity for CBOs Working to Improve Health Outcomes in King County
HealthierHere, a regional partnership committed to improving health and well-being of King County residents, is seeking community-based organization partners in improving outcomes for people on Medicaid. To learn more about HealthierHere and join as a partner, register for an info session today. Can’t attend in person? Sign up for a webinar instead.

Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social Emotional Learning Symposium
On August 10th, YDEKC hosted a SEL Symposium where over 300 professionals across the Road Map Region and beyond came together to strengthen their capacity to create equity-based learning environments that support the whole child across the whole day, focusing on shifting adult practices and systems to better serve youth of color in the Road Map Region. You can access Symposium materials as they are added on our website.

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

Save the Dates: Upcoming YDEKC Advocacy Events!

Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Account (PSTAA) Update
King County is exploring how to best use dollars from Sound Transit 3 that are slated to support education outcomes for “vulnerable populations”. YDEKC has been involved in several groups informing PSTAA to address the needs of young people ages 5-young adult in King County. In order to best inform the process moving forward, YDEKC engaged Luma Consulting over the summer to help synthesize our members’ and other perspectives, research and data that is available, and explore gaps that exist. Their findings are synthesized in this report.

Family, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy
YDEKC is partnering with School’s Out WashingtonSoutheast Seattle Education Coalition, and the Save the Children Network to help educate and motivate voters for the FEPP Levy.  Funds from this levy will be utilized to help fund out of school time programs and summer learning in Seattle. YDEKC will be sending literature that we encourage you to post and share with your employees and families that you serve in Seattle.  We will be tracking what you do as a member organization, such as posting and sharing info or helping with a Facebook post or two.  We are working on “closing the loop” for advocacy!  Hikma Sherka, YDEKC’s Policy Research Assistant, will be following up to see what actions you will take and we thank you in advance for your help in promoting this levy! The levy campaign website is available 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

2018 Washington Refugee Summit: Building a Stonger Community Together
Renton Pavilion Event Center, 10/25/2018, 8:00AM-5:00PM
The Washington State Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance is hosting the 2018 Washington Refugee Summit! Come together to honor and celebrate the contributions of Washingtonians who arrived as refugees and the organizations that serve them; share successful practices on how to build a strong, welcoming community; and reframe and refresh refugee resettlement in Washington state. Registration available here!

Bridge Conference
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport, 10/29-30/2018
Early bird registration ends September 28th! The Bridge Conference, the premier conference for expanded learning professionals in the Pacific Northwest, brings engaging and thought provoking presenters focused on cutting-edge research, resources, and strategies to build critical skills and strengthen systems to ensure children and youth have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential both in and out of school. More information and registration are available here!

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 Renton Innovation Zone Partnership is seeking its Founding Director!
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership seeks a visionary leader with exceptional organizational skills to build on the current momentum and take the RIZ Partnership to the next level. The Founding Director will lead efforts to execute and support the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership Improvement Plan. This is an ideal opportunity for a strong leader who is ready to roll up their sleeves to do what it will take to ensure the successful launch of this exciting collaboration. View the full Job Description here.

Community Center for Education Results is hiring for multiple positions!
CCER is seeking a Senior Director of ImpactDigital Communications Manager, and a Research Analyst. The Senior Director of Impact will supervise an experienced team of staff currently leading continuous improvement and systems change work across the Road Map Project and will report to the CCER Executive Director. The Digital Communications Manager is a new position that will allow CCER Communications to focus on content development and communications strategies for regional alignment with the Road Map Project’s vision, values, and goals. The Research Analyst will provide measurement expertise and statistical skills supporting CCER staff, community members, K12 districts, colleges, improvement networks, and other the Road Map Project partners.

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.