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Why is Advocacy for Youth Development Important?

by Rene Murry, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy I was recently asked “What would you like to see as a headline for a major paper in the future?”  After some consideration I came up with: “Washington kids rise! All WA children and youth housed, educated and thriving” I wonder: Is this [...]

Category: Advocacy News, News

Topic: Advocacy

What’s Your Elevator Pitch?: How Do You Talk About Your Program and to Whom?

by Anne Arias   “Your organization is Youth Development Executives of King County? So you represent the County government?” “Well, no….” Prompted in part by some of our colleagues’ experiences with potential stakeholders misinterpreting our organization’s name and the challenge [...]

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Weeding through the Plethora of SEL-related Resources

by Mona Grife and Anne Arias You may have noticed that there has been a tsunami of SEL resources in the last couple of years. Don’t get me wrong, this is great, and I love digging into all the articles, toolkits, curricula, and reports. But it can be overwhelming to find exactly what you need at [...]

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You don’t have to be a white supremacist to reinforce white supremacy norms.

by Jessica Werner While watching overt racism playing out all over the country, it’s easy—especially for white folks—to want to disassociate from even hearing the words “white supremacy.” However, the way our institutions have been built in this country, and maybe particularly in the [...]

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