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Please tune in for one or all three episodes in this 2021 Speaker Series. Together we will explore the long game of systems change, from developing ideas to implementation. Join in and meet the individuals doing the work to transform foster care and end youth homelessness - because this work takes all of us.

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Episode #1: Playing the Long Game of Systems Change
Sept. 16, 2021 at 7pm

Creating true systemic change takes the coordinated effort of many, often over many years. But the impact is clear – changing systems changes lives. Former Mockingbird Network Representative and current Olympia lobbyist, Sam Martin, sits down with our Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Liz Trautman, to discuss the years-long journey of our latest legislative reform, HB 1219 – Legal Representation for youth in foster care. What does it truly take to transform the child welfare system for future generations?

Episode #2: It’s all about Family – Evolving MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™
Sept. 30, 2021 at 7pm

Time and again, young people have told us they needed community, stability, and support. That’s what being a family is all about, and that is at the heart of MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™. Join us for a conversation between past and present Mockingbird Hub Home families and discover how this program is meeting the urgent need to reinvent foster care in communities around the world. Learn what it takes to reimagine foster care – and what is possible when families and children have what they need to succeed.

Episode #3: Youth Voice is Community Voice
Oct. 14, 2021 at 7PM

Want to know what young people experiencing foster care or homelessness think of the system? Ask them. In this episode, you’ll hear directly from youth advocates about their experience creating systems change over the years. Discover how Mockingbird’s Youth Programs are leaning into a new chapter of inclusivity and accessibility. This work takes all of us - what will your impact be?