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Mockingbird Times - December, 2014

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PEACE! HOPE! ADVOCACY!

 

YAEH Launches Stories of Youth Homelessness for Teen Librarians

yaeh-photo On October 9th 2014, Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH) participants and our Engagement Specialist Coordinator facilitated our newly created training, Stories of Youth Homelessness, for the teen librarians working in the Seattle Public and King County Library systems. This training focuses on the needs of homeless youth and young adults and the personal insight of the facilitators on issues faced by homeless young people.

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Holiday Season Can Create Mixed Emotions

When I think about the holidays nowadays, I have a lot of mixed emotions. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some amazing holidays full of love, family and laughter. But as I got older, family members became strangers, love turned to anger, and laughter became an endless stream of emptiness.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Happy Holidays! We’ve had an incredible year at The Mockingbird Society with so much to be proud of. Thank you, our readers and supporters, for your support in making 2014 such a successful year in our work to improve the lives of children, youth, and families.

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Finishing Extended Foster Care is the Right Thing To Do

The legislative session begins in January, and one of The Mockingbird Society’s major priorities is getting the last part of Extended Foster Care (EFC) implemented. The whole Mockingbird “family” — young people, families, and supporters — are passionate about youth with significant medical conditions being eligible for Extended Foster Care (youth with significant medical conditions are the only population still ineligible for EFC).

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It’s a Framework, Not a Formula

I have facilitated at least 15 Culture of Foster Care trainings, and observed at least another 10 during four years of working at The Mockingbird Society. At the end of each Culture of Foster Care, service providers and those who engage youth from the child welfare system are always eager to engage in rich dialogue with youth who have first hand experiences with the system.

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Access to Counsel Project Gives Foster Youth a Voice

Are you a foster youth within 75 miles of Seattle? Do you feel like no one hears your voice in court? Do you want or need an attorney to help make sure your voice is heard? Then you should contact Alicia LeVezu! Here’s why:

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Youth Testimony Impacts Budgets

It was two years ago that I first left home and came to Seattle. I did not know what I was going to do, where I was, or what was going to happen to me. I made the decision to leave home for several reasons. A large amount of people believed I left home so I would not have to listen to my parent’s rules. Jim Theofelis, Executive Director of The Mockingbird Society once said that most homeless youth and young adults are not running away from something, but instead running to something. When I heard that statement it made so many things clear to me. I believe strongly in that statement, not only for myself, but for many other homeless youth and young adults.

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Chapter Voices

“How do you prepare yourself for cold weather?”

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