letter from the exec

Dear Friends,Dear Friends,

On September 29th, 550 of our strongest supporters came out for our 2015 Annual Benefit Luncheon! I want to personally thank all of our generous sponsors and guests for joining us. Your support makes it possible for our agency to maintain a steadfast advocacy presence across the state. At the luncheon, Melisa Suljic shared her journey through foster care and her experience finding her “sisters” in the Everett Chapter of the Mockingbird Youth Network. In addition, Gerald Donaldson shared his experience as a Hub Home Parent for our Mockingbird Family Model Constellation in Kirkland, guiding youth and foster families through the challenges they face. The program also included a video about our fabulous Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH). The stories were powerful and honest, and reminded us all about the transformative power of our community building and advocacy to improve foster care and end youth homelessness.

“We look forward to participating
in important budget advocacy efforts
in King County, seeking funding that
will prevent youth and young
adult homelessness in our communities.”

In the upcoming weeks, we look forward to participating in important budget advocacy efforts in King County, seeking funding that will prevent youth and young adult homelessness in our communities. Our YAEH representatives are meeting with many Seattle City Councilmembers to advocate the importance of Rapid Supportive Housing as well as meeting with local private funders to support Host Homes for young adults.

We look forward to a busy fall preparing for the upcoming legislative session. We will share our young people’s advocacy priorities with legislators through individual meetings, convene a group of youth to meet directly with Children’s Administration Assistant Secretary Jennifer Strus regarding our policy proposals, and partner with other advocates through the Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition and the Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy. Mark your calendar to join us for Youth Advocacy Day in Olympia, on Friday, January 29, 2016!

Sincerely,

Laura Pierce sig

Laura Pierce
Interim Executive Director

 

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