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YDEKC Shared Advocacy Agenda – May 2019

POSTED ON June 7, 2019
YDEKC Shared Advocacy Agenda, May 2019
Youth Development Executives
of King County

Greetings YDEKC Members & Friends!

For the next several months, I will be sharing quotes from our Advocacy Committee about their beliefs around advocacy. We have a great group coming together regularly to help shape YDEKC’s shared agenda and advocacy work!

In service and gratitude,
René Murry
Public Policy Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County | | 206.336.6914

Washington State Activity

2019 Legislative Session!
The session was a success for children and youth across many of our sectors. There is new investment in behavioral health, protection of the Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Account, and reduction of sentences for status offenses, among others. Check out this comprehensive 2019 Legislative Session summary from Partners for our Children.

Washington Non-Profit Legislative Reception
In partnership with Washington Non-Profits, YDEKC sponsored the Legislative Reception on March 4th. The event was a huge success, with many YDEKC members making the trip and meeting with elected officials. Look for the event next year–we hope to have even more engagement with legislators!

Opportunity for Youth: Page for the 2020 Legislative Session
Youth can apply to be a page for the next legislative session! It is an exciting way for youth to see the legislative process in action. Learn more and apply here.

Youth Development Work Group: SB5665/HB1664
We had a very good first run with our Youth Development Work Group bill. SOWA, YDEKC and many of our Members pushed hard and had success in House, passing with a 90-7 vote and in the budget.  The companion bill died in the Senate. We are having meetings with the prime sponsors and key leaders in June in order to regroup and decide about the next best steps to pursue the goal of having a mission and vision for prevention and promotion of services for youth age 5-young adult at the state level. A huge thank you to all of you who wrote, called and testified!  Passing a bill is a big lift and we ALMOST arrived!

View testimony from YDEKC’s Hikma Sherka and School’s Out Washington’s David Beard on the Youth Development Work Group (23:57-25:07)
Ready By 21 Conference
YDEKC staff and many members attended the National Ready By 21 Conference in April. If you missed it, you can access session content on the agenda page for the conference here. Mayor Durkan and Seattle Colleges Chancellor Dr. Shouan Pan addressed the conference on Wednesday. We were very glad to have the city leadership attend and speak to the national crowd!  YDEKC also hosted a reception following the conference where representatives from the Department of Children Youth and Families, King County, and the City of Seattle had a dialogue with Karen Pittman, founder of the Forum for Youth Investment and spoke to the value of cross-jurisdictional coordination in serving youth and working toward a thriving community.

SOWA Chief Program Quality Officer Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth, YDEKC Executive Director Jessica Werner, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and Seattle Colleges Chancellor Dr. Shouan Pan addressing the Ready by 21 Conference

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!

King County Activity

Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Account Update (PSTAA)
The Washington State legislature passed a bill protecting and preserving the PSTAA funds, with the work and support of Sen. David Frockt and Rep Kristine Reeves. Advocates for services birth to higher education linked arms to advocate for this legislation. Now it is time to communicate with King County Council regarding the most effective use of these funds and how 5-Young Adult program services can be and are effective in educational outcomes. YDEKC is corresponding with KC Council Members and staff at this time. Please look for action alerts in the coming weeks for how you can help to preserve serves dollars from this funding stream! Follow along at the County’s PSTAA page here.

YDEKC Advocacy Hot Topic: PSTAA
Webinar, 6/4/2019, 11:30AM-12:00PM
Join YDEKC’s Advocacy Team to learn more about the Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Act. Learn more and register here.

Lunching with Leaders: King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski
YDEKC hosted Council Member Dembowski May 2nd at the New Holly Gathering Hall. He reviewed his involvement with the Youth Action Plan, Best Starts for Kids and commented on the PSTAA investments. He encouraged our members to be more active in the PSTAA conversation, and YDEKC is making moves for further engagement at this time. Please look for more Lunching with Leaders with Council Members coming soon!

City Level Activity

City of Seattle
Family, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy
The Seattle City Council passed the FEPP Implementation and Evaluation Plan on April 22nd. To learn more about the FEPP Levy, please visit the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning’s website where you can access the FEPP Levy Action Plan, Implementation and Evaluation Plan, and Theory of Change. Information on upcoming FEPP Levy funding opportunities can be found on DEEL’s Funding Opportunities page. The first funding opportunities to be released include School Based Health Centers, Preschool Architectural Services, and School-Based awards. *Note* The Families and Education Levy “Request for Qualifications” (no funding attached) will NOT carry over to new investments under FEPP.

Community Safety
The Safety RFP is focused on agencies interested in providing systems navigation and addressing trauma for 18 to 24-year-old people harmed by the criminal legal system in Seattle by investing in two strategies: Systems Navigation and Trauma Intervention – applicants must address both strategies. We will accept proposals submitted by one group or one agency. We will also accept collective proposals submitted by two or more groups and/or agencies. Collective proposals must identify a lead agency or group. If selected for funding, HSD will contract with the lead agency or group. The lead agency or group will need to meet the requirements found on HSD’s Funding Opportunities webpage and the additional requirements outlined in Section IV of the Guidelines.

Seattle Human Services Coalition Awards Reception
Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 6/13/2019, 5:30PM-7:00PM
Save the date! YDEKC is selecting the 2019 SHSC Mayor’s Award, and it would be wonderful to have providers in the room to celebrate!


Build a Movement: Tools to Use Public Policy to Achieve your 501(c)(3) Mission
Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6/13/2019, 8:30AM-12:00PM
Join Washington Nonprofits for Build a Movement! This workshop will give you what you need to use policy to better achieve your mission. Learn more and register here!

YDEKC Advocacy Hot Topics Video: Youth Development Workgroup Bill
Did you miss YDEKC’s very first Advocacy Hot Topic webinar on the Washington State Youth Development Workgroup Bill? You can view the full webinar here!

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