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YDEKC Shared Advocacy Agenda – June 2018

POSTED ON June 5, 2018
YDEKC Shared Advocacy Agenda – June 2018
Youth Development Executives of King County
Working to advance the youth development field
Deep Dive into Advocacy: Our Shared Agenda

Spring of 2018 has been a flurry of meetings and convenings around many issues that will ultimately affect the 5-young adult community.  YDEKC is working hard to be present for our coalition members in the various communities we serve!  Please read below for updates on the various areas of interest.  As always, reach out to me if you have particular questions or concerns.

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My thanks,
René Murry
Public Policy Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County | | 206.963.6010

King County Activity
Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account
The funding for the Puget Sound Taxpayers Accountability Account came through at the very end of the legislative session. Work has been done in the Early Learning and Higher Education sectors to speak to the use of these funds. The funds will be distributed by King County council.  A consultant will be hired by King County to evaluate the issue and make recommendations to council in the fall.

The YDEKC Advocacy Committee decided that YDEKC would convene a meeting regarding this account, which sets aside funding during the building of ST3 for “educational supports for vulnerable, foster and homeless youth” in King County.  YDEKC held the meeting in April with over 20 members in attendance, and we have moved forward in hiring Luma Consulting to help us assess the 5-young adult sector to help inform the consultant that will be hired by King County in June.  Please look out for a stakeholder survey to help us inform our process!

Washington State Activity
Department of Children, Youth, and Families 
The Department of Children, Youth and Families will be up and running on July 1st, 2018. Positions have been hired for the various offices within the dept. Updates are available on the DCYF blog.

We have heard staff at the new department use the phrase “Youth Development Unit” to replace what was being called an adolescent unit. This could give us the opportunity to continue to push for a funding stream that focuses on positive youth development programming, prevention and promotion of strengths! This would be a huge shift and opportunity at the state level!

YDEKC will be working with DCYF after the launch of the new department to work on ways that funding might be made available for Community based work in prevention and promotion services moving forward.

Youth Decide: Your Vote. Your Future.

Arts Corps Youth Experience performers Cornelius Cambronero and Monica Elenes

YDEKC partnered with SOAR and hosted an event on May 22 focused on youth voter registration and civic engagement opportunities for people 16-24 and leaders of youth programs. Arts Corps Youth Experience performed, and Washington Secretary of State spoke in a focus group setting about engaging youth voice and vote.

Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network:
YDEKC serves on the Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network‘s steering committee for this effort to increase awareness and develop a network of providers in Expanded Learning.This year’s work will focus on career connected learning and encouraging coordination between Expanded Learning in OSPI and the emergent youth development work in the new Department of Children, Youth, and Families

City Level Activity
Seattle Issues
Family and Education Levy
Mayor Durkan’s Seattle Family and Ed Levy plan was released in mid-April which includes four proposed investment areas: Preschool, K12 & Community Based Investments, K12 School Health, and Seattle Promise. You can view the full planhere.

The City Council is debating the plan and may make some changes before it gets put forward to voters this fall. Concerns include the decrease from $12M to $2M annually in the K-5 space, erosion of summer learning funding, and decrease in middle schools $. Please consider attending one of the upcoming hearings. YDEKC staff and several members have been meeting with Council members and testifying at the Education Committee meetings around preserving the funds in the K-12 sector.

Seattle Human Services Department 
Catherine Lester left as Director last month. Jason Johnson is interim Director, and Tanya Kim is the interim Youth and Family Empowerment Division Director.

Community Safety RFP
The long-awaited RFP for approximately $4.6M in “Community Safety” (formerly Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative) has been delayed until spring 2019. HSD will be working on a co-design process for the full RFP qualifications. They will invite providers and other stakeholders to a series of convenings to get input and co-design what the skeleton of the RFP will look like, including activities for release in spring 2019 for 2020 contracts. Current contracts in place now will stay in place through the full 2019 year.

Seattle Human Services Coalition City Budget Task Force 
YDEKC put in a request for a $2 million increase in general fund money in the youth development funding stream of the Human Services Department.

Seattle Human Services Coalition Human Services Awards:
Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 6/5/2018, 5:30PM-7:00PM
Join the Seattle Human Services Coalition in congratulating this year’s awardees! More information is available here.

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