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Mockingbird Times - August, 2014

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PAY IT FORWARD EDITION

 

Aging Out of Foster Care

Patience Mitchell, pictured third from the left, at this year’s Foster Youth & Alumni Leadership Summit.

The Transitions framework is taught by The Mockingbird Society to help our youth deal with changes in their lives. Youth who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness deal with changes at a higher frequency than others. The Transitions Framework reinforces the notion that changes and the emotional responses they bring are normal, and gives everyone a sense of personal responsibility and courage to reframe the issues they face in a positive manner.

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Foster Families Receive New Support

We are happy to announce that The Mockingbird Society has begun the process of expanding one of its very promising programs, the Mockingbird Family Model (MFM), thanks to funding from Children’s Administration as well as some private funders. The MFM brings together communities around foster care providers, foster children, and families for support. These communities are made of between six and ten foster homes. We call this group of foster parents a constellation. At the head of each constellation is a HUB home provider, who is an experienced foster parent and can navigate resources within the community.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Happy August! It is with very mixed emotions that I announce that in the summer of 2015, I will leave my role as the Executive Director of The Mockingbird Society. After sixteen years of founding and leading this wonderful organization it is the right time for The Mockingbird Society to embark on the transition process of welcoming its next Executive Director. Thanks to an incredible staff and Board of Directors, our organization has never been stronger. We have proven effective programs, a respected brand, and a sound fiscal position. I am so proud of what Mockingbird has become — truly a national leader in creating positive change and upstream solutions that are informed and driven by the youth and families we serve.

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YMCA's Back-to-School BBQ

This year, the Treehouse staff and Metrocenter YMCA’s Young Adult Services have done it again! On Saturday, August 16th, they will host their 6th Annual Back-to-School BBQ from noon to 3:00 p.m. During the BBQ, there will be fun for all the participants including: raffles, games, food and prizes! The event will be held at the Treehouse Building, located at 2100 24th Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98144.

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YMCA's Reach and Rise Program

Reach and Rise Program Director Charles Sripranaratanakul

Are you between the ages of 10 and 17? Have you experienced foster care or youth homelessness, or maybe even both? Do you wish you had someone you could hang out with and do all different types of activities with, such as playing games and sports or go for ice cream? Do you want to connect with someone who hears you?

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Youth In Focus Helps Youth Through Photography

Photo by Kari C. of Youth in Focus

Are you between the ages of 13 and 19? Have you faced struggles like poverty, racial discrimination, foster care, homelessness, or homophobia? Do you like photography or want to learn professional photography? Do you want to share your struggles by creating beautiful art to help you heal? If you answered yes to any of these, you may be interested in a program called Youth in Focus.

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Chapter Voice

“First of all, one must lead by example. You must know that all you are doing is positive. Next is to show the outcome of your positive behavior. I don’t usually tell people the outcome; I show them and hope that they too will follow my lead, only to soon lead for themselves.”

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How I Feel

How I Feel
by Anthony Martinez

Sad, mad, depressed, and
overwhelmed — this is how I feel
Not knowing if I shall or ever even
heal.

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