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Through The Lens

Our speaker series was a success! Thank you for joining us in celebration of 20 years of impact. Recordings of each episode are available to watch and share with family and friends below. Together, we’re capturing what’s possible for young people and families.

PART I: THROUGH THE LENS OF LIVED EXPERIENCE
JIM THEOFELIS AND DEONATE CRUZ

Why does lived experience matter for The Mockingbird Society’s work, and how does it help to create a better world? What does it mean to “elevate youth voice”? Our founding Executive Director, Jim Theofelis, and Mockingbird alumni, Deonate Cruz, discussed these ideas and explored how lived experience has fueled twenty years of impact - and why it has the power to do so much more.

Learn more about our founder, Jim Theofelis, and Mockingbird Alumni, Deonate Cruz.

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PART II: SEEING FOSTER CARE DIFFERENTLY
FERNANDO CLARA & MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™ PARTNERS

When we listen to lived experience, we create a better way to care for children and young people. One that celebrates their unique culture and identity, and provides them with the stability and support they need to succeed. And we can do it on a global scale. Join our Director of Practice Innovation, Fernando Clara, in a conversation with Ariel Metekingi, a MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™ partner, as they discuss why this model is the most culturally relevant way to deliver foster care and support families.

Learn more about our New Zealand partner, Ariel Metekingi, and Director of Practice Innovation, Fernando Clara.

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PART III: A GLIMPSE INTO THE NEXT 20 YEARS
ANNIE BLACKLEDGE & ESTHER TAYLOR

For our final conversation, our Executive Director, Annie Blackledge, joins Esther Taylor, a leader from Mockingbird’s Youth Network, as they explore their shared experiences in foster care. Their experiences have ignited their personal missions to transform the system. From one generation to the next, learn how lived experience has guided Mockingbird’s life changing reforms. And how this experience leads the way forward as a catalyst for the most urgent changes yet to come.

Learn more about Mockingbird leader, Esther Taylor, and our Executive Director, Annie Blackledge.

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