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YDEKC Shared Advocacy Agenda – May 2017

POSTED ON June 2, 2017
YDEKC Shared Advocacy Agenda – May 2017
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Youth Development Executives of King County
Working to advance the youth development field
Deep Dive into Advocacy: Our Shared Agenda

I recently presented at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 17th with Keeley Monroe from the Alliance for Justice and Nancy Long from 501 Commons. The session was well attended with many active participants, a reminder of how important advocacy is today. One of the best take away messages from that session is simple: BE BOLD!

How can you learn and do more through advocacy work? The Alliance for Justice‘s Bolder Advocacy initiative promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits the resources and knowledge to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. Looking for workshops, trainings, or technical assistance? Want to know how the difference between advocacy and lobbying? Or how to track that difference? Check outBolder Advocacy’s resources today!

Please let any policy makers that you contact know that you are a member of YDEKC! Letting them know you are a member of a 100+ member coalition makes your message even more powerful.

Look over this Deep Dive and see where you might have a chance to “Be Bold!”

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My thanks,
René Murry
Public Policy Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County | | 206.336.6913

King County Activity
Best Starts for Kids has rolled out the latest RFP requests.  Please follow the BSK blog for the most update to date information!Sound Transit 3
YDEKC has also been meeting with King County Council members to pursue ideas for the potential use of the education funds that will be coming in from construction tax costs from the Sound Transit 3 project.  The amounts that coming in from the early stages of the project (2018) are low, but over time add up to substantial funds.  We are in conversations now with Council member and the Executives office about our hopes and ideas for education enhancement opportunities!  Stay tuned!Access for All:
The County Executive has proposed and the Council has approved a tax measure for the ballot this August that will support arts and enhancements programs in King County.  Please find more information regarding this effort here. This tax may benefit some of the programs in our coalition.

South King County:
YDEKC is beginning an effort in coordination with South King County Human Services Coalition to bring City Council members out into community to meet with YDEKC programs and other Human Services programs. These will be meet and greet efforts.  Our 1st event will be in the Sea-Tac community the end of June and we are working on plans for Burien and Federal Way.  If YOU have a program in those areas and would like to be involved in this effort, please reach out to RenéMurry at

KPLU: Unpacking Government
KNKX, formally KPLU put together an EXCELLENT series called UNPACKING GOVERNENT
This is an excellent podcast series that explains how government works.  Take it along on your next commute!

Washington State Activity
Special Legislative Session
The Legislature is in its second special session and many of the bills that YDEKC has been advocating for will live or die in the budget process. The New Children’s Department, Funding for Homelessness prevention, Breakfast after the Bell, Expanded Learning Opportunities, and other bills continue to be in limbo due to the funding question. It continues to be important that your Representative and Senator hear from you so that these concerns are held up as a priority. You can find your elected officials here!You can also reach out to the leadership that is negotiating the budget. It is appropriate for us to reach out to budget leadership even if they are not your elected officials.  They are making choices that affect the children, youth and families of King County.

Senator Braun: Chair Senate Ways and Means
Senator Schoessler: Majority Leader of the Senate
Speaker Chopp: Speaker of the House
Representative Sullivan: Major Leader of the House
Representative Ormsby: Appropriations Chair

PLEASE CONSIDER sending a” We need New and Additional revenue” message to Senators.  The House budget does include new revenue, the Senate budget does not. A word of support to House members would be appreciated also.  Elected officials need to hear about what we support as well as what we are asking for!

YDEKC Member Lunching with Leaders with OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal on June 1st
Join YDEKC for lunch and conversation with OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal for our next Lunching with Leaders! This event is for YDEKC members and will be held in Federal Way. Address and directions will be sent separately to confirmed guests. RSVP here! If you have any questions, please contact Eddie

Federal Activity
21st Century Community Learning Centers and AmeriCorps Funding
The funding for 21st Century programs and AmeriCorps were included in the last federal budget; however, the current administration continues to have the elimination of these programs in their budget plans for 2018.Nataly Morales from Senator Patty Murray’s office visited After-School All-Stars Puget Sound, a YDEKC member, that is funded by 21st Century dollars on May 18th!  We appreciate the Senator’s support for these funds in our area and the state of Washington.Racial Inequities in the Juvenile Justice System
The Department of Justice has overturned the previous administration’s decision to not prosecute youth for non-violent drug related crimes. This will seriously impact youth of color and their incarceration rates.

Check out Columnist Leonard Pitts’ article regarding this issue for more detailshere. He includes information on how to reach out to the Department of Justice.  The YDEKC Advocacy Committee is drafting a formal letter to the Department of Justice. You may also want to consider writing independently.

YDEKC has postcards that we can collect and send in groups to policy makers  If you would like to have postcards sent to you, please contact When complete, please send it back to us, and YDEKC will send it to the appropriate Congressperson.  It would be great to have a critical mass to send out! If you would like to send your own, Congress contact information is below!

Representative Contact Info

District 1: Suzan Delbene
2442 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6311
Fax: (202) 226-1606
Hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

District 7: Pramila Jayapal
319 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
DC: (202) 225-3106
WA: (206) 674-0040

District 8: Dave Reichert
1127 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7761
Fax: (202) 225-4282

District 9: Adam Smith
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-8901

Senator Contact Info

Senator Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186

Senator Maria Cantwell
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3441
Fax: (202) 228-0514

City Level Activity
Sweetened Beverage Tax Proposal

YDEKC’s advocacy committee will consider our position on the sweetened beverage tax proposal for the city of Seattle. Please find the review from the City of Seattlehere. The current plan included potential for investment in Youth Programs.  If you have an opinion or interest in this issue, please contact Human Services Coalition’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
June 8 at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5:30PM 
YDEKC is proud to serve on the steering committee of the Seattle Human Services Coalition. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of SHSC and the hundreds of providers of health and human services, and honor human service provider and committee member Tony Lee, with a lifetime time achievement award. RSVP HERESeattle Human Services Coalition: Immigrant & Refugee Resources
Check out these resources for those serving immigrants and refugees compiled by the Seattle Human Services Coalition!
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