Mockingbird Times November 2016



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I joined The Mockingbird Society in January of 2016. Since then, I have had experiences and met people that challenged my very deep beliefs about others, my outlook on life, and my perspective on my own experiences with homelessness. I have also had opportunities that allowed me to grow as a person, and to develop and strengthen skills that will stay with me as I transition from my role as a Youth Network Representative to whatever may come next in my life.

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Deonate Cruz

Recently, the topic of social justice and racial equity has worked its way back into America’s consciousness. With the frequent shootings of citizens and police, and protests happening almost every week, it has become hard to ignore what is going on. Politicians, celebrities, schools, and everybody else in between, have spoken up and voiced their concerns. But have the voices of those most deeply impacted by these injustices truly been heard and validated?

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Zack Zibroskyzack zibrosky

Youth involved in foster care and or/homelessness with juvenile records have a hard time achieving independence. Luckily, the Youth Opportunities Act and the YEAR Act (Youth Equality and Reintegration Act) that Governor Jay Inslee signed into law in 2014 and 2015 make sealing your juvenile records automatic for some and easier for others who are not eligible for automatic sealing.


annie blackledgeDear Friends and Allies,

Relationship matters. I grew up in foster care — I was born into the system and adopted as an infant. Unfortunately, I ended up back in foster care along with my little brother when I was 12, after our adopted father died. I struggled for years — torpedoed a family adoption, found myself living on the streets and in detention. That was until I met my nun, Sister Peter...

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Angel Gardnerencampments

As we are all aware as residents of Seattle, homelessness is a very big and ever growing issue. As a formerly homeless young woman, I know how important it is to talk about it. Not only because it was one of the most eye-opening and difficult times in my life so far, but also because I believe it is not talked about enough. I also notice opinions are sometimes broadcasted as facts instead of as an individual point of view. I feel it is my responsibility to clear some things up.

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Jil Nanceeverett team

When I joined The Mockingbird Society in 2011, I was an angry, fearful, and self-hating 18-year-old struggling to understand my place in the world. I couldn’t imagine letting new people into my life. That changed when I got involved with Mockingbird. I’ve learned so much about myself over the last six years, have met amazing people and have seen lots of changes. Mockingbird has taught me not only about transitions and how to handle them, but also how to say goodbye with intention.

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Chapter Voices

“I vote because...”

“I vote because every vote matters to make the difference I want to see.”— Yakima Chapter Leader Kirei Mei Johnson

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Ashley Aldrich

Life is Like a Rose

Life is like a rose.

Beautiful at first glance,

But when looked at closer, it’s full of thorns.

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Art in Action

Jil Nance


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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.