Greetings YDEKC Members & Friends –
As we returned to work this week, we stand against the racism and hatred that has led to two more mass shootings in our country. It is with this backdrop that we look forward to spending time with 300 friends on Friday at our Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social Emotional Learning Symposium. We will be putting the focus squarely on creating equitable learning environments and shifting adult practice to better support young people of color in our region.
With ongoing work on the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account, hiring our next Administrative and Database Assistant, and getting moving on strategic planning, our summer has been anything but slow. The fall is right around the corner, and we have a bunch of member-focused events coming up. Read on to get involved! And don’t forget to VOTE TODAY (if you’re in Washington State).
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Whole Child, Whole Day | Advocacy | Field Building, Funding, and Training Opportunities | Job Opportunities
In service and gratitude,
Executive Director, Youth Development Executives of King County
ydekc.org | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Join our Social Media campaign!
What does supporting the whole child look like, sound like, feel like? This is the question we are answering through the Whole Child, Whole Day Social Media Campaign. You may remember in April, YDEKC awarded 16 projects with mini-grants. This investment is supporting new and existing efforts that center racial equity, honor youth & family voice, and strengthen partnerships in whole child efforts across the whole day. Check out this blog post and find out more about this campaign and how you can support it! #WholeChildWholeDay, #SELKC, #YouthDevelopment, #HowLearningHappens, #ExpandedLearningWA
Washington State Social Emotional Learning Standards Guidance
After several years of committed work from the SEL Indicators Workgroup, implementation guidance is now online! In particular, we encourage you to check out the Implementation Briefs like this one for Community and Youth Development Organizations.
Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium
Registration is full 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! The full program is now available on our website for you to check out with nearly 2 dozen excellent workshops led primarily by local practitioners and system leaders. If you missed registration this year, don’t worry, we will be sharing workshop presentations and reflections following the event.
Cultivating Belonging in Schools for Staff and Community Partners
“If you work in a school as a teacher, counselor, staff, or administrator, when you talk about school climate, are you examining practices that impacts the adults as well as the students?” In a recent blog post, YDEKC Project Manager Anne Arias reflects on her experiences cultivating a sense of belonging that extends to everyone in a school building.
Cool Resource from Washington STEM
The Labor Market Dashboard is a tool for anyone working with youth and helping them think about career and education paths. Its updated every year with current job demand in the state, average salary and education.
|Advocacy: We advocate for policy changes that address youth development field needs and issues impacting King County youth.
Seattle FEPP Levy
2100 Building, 8/8/2019, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Join Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning for a feedback/input session regarding the levy investments for the new Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) levy. If you are able to attend, please RSVP HERE by Wednesday, August 7th at 10:00AM.
Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account
Thank you all for your hard work in ensuring that a substantial portion of the funding available through the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account supports K-12 aged young people!! The final vote about how to spend approximately $315 Million over the next 15 years as funds come in from the construction taxes on the building of Sound Transit 3 will happen at the King County Council meeting on August 28th. Check this site to catch up on the research and reports done to date on the funding source. We continue to ask for 33 percent of these resources to support children and youth that are K-12 ages. Expanded Learning Opportunities, high-intensity Mentoring or Case Management supports are essential to helping the “named populations” in the legislation (children and youth of color, young people experiencing foster care, homelessness or juvenile justice involved) attain success in school. This research shows that these programs lead to educational outcomes and deserves support! Don’t know who your council member is or how to reach them? Use this resource from King County to find your council member and their contact info.
YDEKC Member Advocacy Coffee Talk
Caffe Vita, 8/21/2019, 2:00PM-3:00PM
Join our policy team, Rene Murry and Hikma Sherka, for an informal conversation about the ins and outs of advocacy, and current policy issues facing our organizations and youth in King County. RSVP here.
YDEKC Member Census Event
Location TBD, 9/17/2019
Come learn from Washington Nonprofits about plans for the upcoming 2020 census. This once per decade opportunity to fully count all of the residents of our state is critical to get right. RSVP here.
|Field Building, Funding, and Training Opportunities: We build tools, disseminate effective practices, and foster skills that support leadership, racial equity, and organizational development.
Moving Toward Equity: A Thought Leader Conversation with Hal Smith
Webinar, 8/21/2019, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Join this exciting and provocative thought leader session featuring the Forum for Youth Investment’s Karen Pittman and the National Urban League’s Hal Smith as they tackle these questions and more. The Forum is committed to increasing access to high-quality, equitable learning environments, and is working closely with the National Urban League to move these ideas forward and develop a more interconnected and actionable definition of educational equity. Registration available here!
YDEKC’s Fall Racial Equity in the Youth Development Field Series: Supporting refugee and immigrant youth and communities
Save the dates! Our fall RE series will focus on supporting refugee and immigrant young people and communities. All sessions will be held in Kent and are open to YDEKC members, and planned by the YDEKC racial equity committee. Registration will be open later in August.
- Session 1, September 26th, 10-12:30 – Lay of the Land: The attack on refugee and immigrant communities over the past few weeks and years has been unprecedented in recent times. Come learn from our Members who are most impacted by the current administration’s policies and practice to better understand current reality.
- Session 2, October 24th, 10-12:30 – Organizational Policy and Practice: What can your organization do to better support the refugee and immigrant young people and families you serve, your staff, and your community. This session will focus on organizational policy and protocols to create more inclusive and supportive environments.
- Session 3, November 21st, 10-12:30 – Collaboration and Partnership: How can we strengthen collaboration between youth serving organizations that explicitly focus on refugee and immigrant youth, and those that include refugee and immigrant youth in broader programming.
Proinspire – Building a Race Equity Culture
We have been following the work of Proinspire, and their Equity in the Center work. In particular, the resource Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication has been a good framing for us in thinking about how organizations can better think about their equity work in the context of boards of directors, management, and essentially, institutionalizing equity practice. Check out their July newsletter to learn more.
Fall TableTalks now Open!
Looking for a Professional Development opportunity for your Program Staff, Development Staff, Board Members- or yourself? Check out TableTalks a peer-learning group that is designed to meet the needs of nonprofit professionals who want to learn from each other, gain new knowledge and skills, and discuss timely issues and topics relevant to managing and leading nonprofit organizations. Janet Boguch and her team facilitate and coach targeted peer learning groups, serving executive directors, development professionals, major gift officers, program managers, event planners and board members. There is always room at the table! Fall cohort session’s start in mid – September and meet for 4 months – cost for this professional development series is $395! Early bird pricing of just $375 if paid by August 10th. Check out schedules and register at https://janetboguch.com/tabletalks-peer-learning/about-peer-learning-support/
|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