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When you are marching on the Capitol at Youth Advocacy Day and screaming at the top of your lungs, it can be easy to forget that you are chanting only about a handful of issues. Weren’t there a lot more topics that all of the Mockingbird Youth Network (MYN) chapters were tackling half a year ago? What ever happened to those? 

Well, after each chapter goes to the Youth Leadership Summit in the middle of the advocacy cycle and presents the topics they’ve decided on as individual chapters, the feedback from our community partners starts pouring in. They weigh in and share a lot of information about how viable the MYN chapters’ ideas are, and how they might fit into the current political and legislative climate. It is during this time that the ideas that are most viable get prioritized. When this happens, the rest of the topics are not forgotten, but must find other avenues in which to move forward.

As you can see below, the advocacy topics that young people introduced in our last advocacy cycle are still alive and well. Some chapters are running into more barriers than others, but all chapters are equally committed to all the topics they set their energies upon.

If anyone wants to go back and read more on any of the topics mentioned and their individual arcs and timelines, feel free to refer to our October 2015 edition of the Mockingbird Times on our website.

Each MYN chapter is currently working on something in the community to continue pushing forward the advocacy priorities they identified last year:

Seattle Chapter
is currently participating in a series of focus groups with The College Success Foundation and presented a couple of workshops at the Passport to College Conference to further their efforts around higher education for foster youth.
 
Everett Chapter
is working with the Office of the Family & Children’s Ombuds to give feedback and consultation around an evaluation of group care settings in Washington state’s child welfare system.
 
Spokane Chapter
is working on safe and affirming care for youth who identify as LGBTQ, and will be attending the Center for Children and Youth Justice’s eQuality Project mini summits in the spring and early summer.
 
Tacoma Chapter
is working with Pierce County on the implementation of the Mockingbird Family Model, and there may be as many as 10 constellations up and running by May.
 
Olympia Chapter
hopes to meet with leaders at Children’s Administration to talk about creating a Host Home model that would target Extended Foster Care youth.
 
Yakima Chapter
is continuing to meet with community partners to see how they can work to ensure all foster youth receive legal representation.
 

 

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