Dear Friends,Dear Friends,
Fall is a busy season for us here at The Mockingbird Society.Fall is a busy season for us here at The Mockingbird Society.
Participants from our Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH) program are out in full force advocating at Seattle’s City Hall to seek funding for Rapid Supportive Housing for young adults, which they successfully advocated to be included as a priority activity in the Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County by 2020. We are hopeful that they will secure an investment so the community can begin implementing this important program.
Our Mockingbird Youth Network chapters across the state are developing their advocacy proposals further, and discerning the best path to take on the issue they have identified. Is a new law needed? Could the change be achieved in partnership with a state agency through a rules change? Other avenues? At Mockingbird, the young people in our Network and our talented staff work persistently together through a very complex process to identify the desired change. This process can sometimes take several years, but our track record of ultimately achieving our goals shows that this intentional youth-adult partnership model really is effective.
In Pierce County, we are on the verge of launching five new Mockingbird Family Model constellations in partnership with Catholic Community Services, Pierce County Alliance, and Youth for Christ. I’m thrilled that more foster youth and families will have access to a higher level of support and community. The Mockingbird Family Model is also being embraced in the United Kingdom, where The Fostering Network is establishing 20 constellations this year with technical assistance from Degale Cooper, our Director of Family Programs.
The Mockingbird Society is a hive of constructive activity. I continue to be grateful to be a part of it, and I’m also grateful for our broad network of support. Together, we can improve foster care and end youth homelessness.