Mockingbird Times July 2015




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Since becoming employed at The Mockingbird Society (TMS), I have changed. Not because of the outside world, but because of the character I’ve grown into. If you’ve come to a luncheon, you’ve heard me say, “because of Mockingbird, I’ve found the strength in my voice”— that holds true.

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Liz Hernandez

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the streets without a home to go to? With the Stories of Youth Homelessness training, The Mockingbird Society’s young adult staff introduce different scenarios that put audience members in the “driver’s seat” of being on the streets.

hickory gatelessWe are excited to announce that Laura Pierce has joined The Mockingbird Society’s team as Interim Executive Director! Laura comes to us highly recommended. Over the past 17 years, she has been an excellent interim leader and organizational consultant for many local nonprofits.

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Mandy Urwilerletter from the exec

Laura Pierce, the new Interim Executive Director of The Mockingbird Society, began her work with nonprofits in 1989. She has done work with fundraising, community organizing, and high-level management positions. In 1998, she began consulting with quite a few nonprofit organizations to help with strategic planning, board development, and helping organizations create more capacity.

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Clayton William Hefleyclayton

Homelessness can befall anyone, from any walk of life, from any cultural demographic, at any age. There is no one definitive reason, though we know that there are basic supports all people need in order to have a starting platform from which to seek self-fulfillment and to be able to function in society.

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Deonate Cruz

Quite often, youth are beleaguered with questions concerning their immediate and distant future. But youth who battle homelessness are less equipped to grapple with the complexities of transitioning into adulthood.

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Violet Banks

I Stand For, I Stand With

I stand for acceptance of one’s self,
integrity and community

I stand for the United Kingdom of
God; the One and everlasting love that
triumphs against all frail fabrications of
life and thereafter

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Chapter Voices


“What is one thing you have already accomplished in 2015?”

“Having the opportunity to make a difference in the homeless community for young adults and doing everything I can to end youth homelessness.”

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We welcome submissions of articles, poetry, artwork, and photography from our young readers who have experience in the foster care system and/ or homelessness. If you want to be, or have been, published in the Mockingbird Times visit, call us at (206) 407-2134 or email us at youthprograms@ Note: Incoming letters to the editor and correspondence to youth under 18 years should be addressed to the Mockingbird Times and will be opened first by adult editorial staff.