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YDEKC Field Notes – September 2017

POSTED ON October 12, 2017
Greetings YDEKC Members and Friends – 

With the new school year always comes new beginnings. We are excited to share a few new beginnings of our own with you:

1) We are hiring! We are excited to announce a brand new position at YDEKC that we need your help to fill:Social Emotional Learning Strategy Senior Manager. Do you know an exceptional facilitator and project planner with deep knowledge of youth development, equity, and social emotional learning? That’s who we need! Please spread the word.

2) New Board Members: We are also so glad to have welcomed four new Advisory Board members this month at our fall retreat including Risho Sapano of Mother Africa, Kate Tibone of Powerful Voices, Anthony Austin ofSoutheast Youth and Family Services and Lupita Torrez of Para Los Niños. We are thankful for the new leadership they will each bring to our organization.

We send our heartfelt condolences to so many communities that are recovering from natural disasters over this past month. We hope that your family and friends are safe and finding the supports they need to get through these times.

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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.

Join School’s Out Washington for the Bridge Conference!
University of Washington Seattle, 10/16-17/2017
The Bridge Conference is the premier conference for expanded learning professionals in the Pacific Northwest. The theme this year is Together We Rise, meaning programs, communities and families work together to advocate for inclusive programs. We will ensure young people are not just resilient, but are self-aware; not just leaders, but thoughtful individuals invested in their futures and the future of their communities. Check out the full conference schedule with session descriptions here. Registration is available here. Scholarships for licensed school-age care providers available here.Announcing our Measurement Toolkit Training Series for 2017-18!
Our Measurement Toolkit Training Series kicks off in late October with our workshop on theories of change and logic models. Additional sessions will be offered approximately every other month through the 2017-18 school year. Session names and descriptions are now available on our website.Upcoming Training Opportunity for YDEKC Members: 
We will be offering Part 1 of our Measurement Toolkit Training Series on October 24. The workshop, titled From Theory of Change to Logic Model: Mapping your Vision to Actions and Outcomes, examines the relationship between theories of change and logic models. How are these tools used in practice? How can an aspirational vision and underlying theory of change help to ground work at the program level? The workshop will give participants an opportunity to work through their own program theory and create a basic logic model. Pleaseregister for this workshop here.Member Survey Coming Soon!
With so many exciting initiatives happening in the coming weeks and months, we are feeling that the time is right for a pulse check on our past, present, and future work. To this end, we will be sending out our first annual survey of YDEKC members. The goals of the survey are to better understand your experiences with YDEKC, YDEKC’s impact on the local landscape, and the needs of your organizations moving forward. Please keep an eye out for this survey in mid-October, and most importantly, please fill it out. We need to hear from you!

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 Resources
On August 18th, YDEKC hosted a SEL Symposium where nearly 200 practitioners – youth workers, teachers, counselors, nurses, and more – came together to learn new strategies and think critically about their practice with young people. You can access materials from the Symposium and curated social emotional resources on our website.

Social Emotional Learning Online Education Module from OSPI
OSPI just released their SEL Online Education Module: Building Foundations and Strategies, a free online course for people who work with children statewide. Register and log in here! In 2017, the Washington State Legislature charged OSPI with continuing the work of the 2015 Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks Workgroup to develop detailed, culturally relevant grade level SEL indicators for the existing Benchmarks, solicit feedback from statewide stakeholders, and develop a model of best practices for implementation of grade level SEL indicators. The report will be completed by June 30, 2019. For more information on OSPI’s SEL work, contact Ron Hertel, Social and Emotional Learning Program Supervisor.

Applying the Science of Gratitude in Education: A Day-Long Workshop for Seattle-Area Educators
Cedarbrook Lodge, 10/28/2017, 9:00AM-3:30PM
In this day-long workshop, gratitude experts and practitioners will offer science-based, practical strategies and exercises for fostering gratitude in schools. K-12 teachers and school staff can use these strategies to foster students’ and their own emotional well-being and cultivate a sense of belonging in schools and classrooms. More information and registration available here.

The Intersection of Afterschool and SEL for 21st Century Readiness
Webinar, 10/11/2017, 10:00AM-11:15AM
Building upon a session at the 2017 Ready By 21 National Meeting in Austin, TX, this webinar will highlight national research and best practices from around the country to explore:

  • The value of afterschool settings in cultivating SEL;
  • The ways in which SEL can align with 21st century/employability skills over time;
  • What developmentally-appropriate social and emotional skill-building looks like in practice;
  • The relationship between afterschool program quality and the measurement of SEL practices for the purposes of continuous improvement;
  • How SEL in afterschool settings aligns with other common community goals along the continuum of services for young people; and
  • The ways in which afterschool can complement in-school SEL to ensure that all kids are ready for college, work, and life.

This session is presented in partnership with the American Youth Policy Forum. Details and registration availablehere.

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

Watch next week for our full Advocacy Round-Up “Our Shared Agenda” e-newsletter. It’s been a busy few months! Seattle City Budget Sharing from the Seattle Human Services Coalition…
Mayor Burgess released his budget proposal for 2018 on Monday. The first budget hearing is coming up fast on Thurs, Oct 5th (next week!) so we wanted you to know right away how his proposal measures up to SHSC’s 2018 Budget Recommendation Portfolio. The ball is now in the Seattle City Council’s “court” and they will decide on the City’s 2018 budget in the next seven weeks.There are two public hearings where your presence will make a differenceThursday, October 5th & Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30pm at City Hall in Council Chambers, 2nd floor Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 98104.45th District State Senate Luncheon Debate
Microsoft Conference Center, 10/10/2017, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Join Seattle CityClub for a luncheon debate for Washington’s 45th Legislative District special election at Microsoft’s Conference Center in Redmond. The election between Manka Dhingra and Jinyoung Lee Englund will determine the balance of power in Washington State’s legislature. Details and free registration available here!
Funding Opportunities

Best Starts for Kids Quality Out-of-School Time Investment RFP is now open!
School’s Out Washington (SOWA) and Best Starts for Kids are partnering to create more opportunities for children and youth to flourish outside of the school day, through investments in high-quality out-of-school-time programs. Through this investment, SOWA will be awarding a total of approximately $8 million over the next 3 years to support quality out-of-school time programming in King County. For more information and to view the RFP, visit SOWA’s Best Starts for Kids page.

Members on the Move & Jobs

YDEKC is hiring! Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Strategy Senior Manager
Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is a coalition of youth-serving organizations and a cross-sector convener working to improve outcomes for young people. YDEKC is a key partner in the Road Map Project focused on educational success and racial equity in South Seattle and South King County. YDEKC’s collaborative work in the region focuses on elevating and increasing out-of-school-time programming in the region (whole day) and supporting social emotional learning (whole child) systems and collaboration. The SEL Strategy Senior Manager will lead and manage YDEKC’s whole child strategy, working closely with the YDEKC staff team, partners including school districts and YDEKC member organizations to develop and move forward a shared vision of success for our region’s children and youth.

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) is seeking an Early Learning & Elementary Success Director!
The Early Learning & Elementary Success Director will work with partners to identify opportunities to expand access to early learning for children birth to age 5 and out-of-school-time programs for elementary-age children, especially for children of color. This position will help support improved use of data for continuous improvement and will support the formation of place-based improvement networks focused on closing opportunity gaps and improving results. Full position description and application details are available here.

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.