Join over 250 youth and allies for The Mockingbird Society's Youth Advocacy Day! With our youth-inspired legislative agenda and signature orange scarves, you can join youth advocates and meet with elected officials to make a difference for your community. The day includes amazing speeches by youth, policymakers, and fellow advocates. You can also join the rally and march around the capitol to help break down perceptions that stand in the way of every youth and young adult having a safe and stable home.
When & Where:
- Friday, February 10, 2017
- 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- United Churches of Olympia
110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
- Lunch is provided
Our 2017 priority reforms include the following topics:
- Increase opportunities and access to independence: Help foster youth obtain a driver’s permit, license, and insurance by replicating a successful model from Florida that expands access to this crucial credential for youth in foster care.
- Recruit and retain foster parents: Renew funding that supports Mockingbird Family Model (MFM) constellations operated by Children's Administration.
- End youth detention for status offenses: Pass legislation to eliminate the Valid Court Order Exception that allows minors to be placed in juvenile detention facilities for status offenses such as truancy and curfew violations.
- Provide legal representation for all children and youth in foster care: Grant legal counsel to all children and youth in foster care before their 72-hour shelter care hearings