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Mockingbird Times - February, 2014

New Agenda, Same Impact

Mockingbird youth took to the streets with their message, assembling in front of the Legislative Building in Olympia at Youth Advocacy Day 2013.

Every great battle has its last stand. It’s that moment where you give your all to the cause that you believe in, with the hope that everything you give will make all the difference in the outcome. In many ways Youth Advocacy Day is that day for The Mockingbird Society. While our advocacy efforts go all year around, Youth Advocacy Day is one of our last chances to make a personal statement and re-iterate how important our legislative priorities are, especially to those whose lives they personally affect.

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Celebrating Black History: The Fisk University Jubilee Singers

As we all know February is Black History Month. Every year people usually talk about the same people such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, or Malcolm X. This year I wanted to talk about a group of people who, I am sad to say, I had never heard of — The Fisk University Jubilee Singers from Nashville, Tennessee. The Jubilee Singers started in 1866 and are an African-American a cappella group who mostly sang traditional spirituals. Their name derives from a biblical reference to the Year of the Jubilee in the book of Leviticus.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Every year, The Mockingbird Society brings hundreds of advocates in orange scarves to Olympia to cover the capitol on behalf of the thousands of youth impacted by foster care and homelessness in our state. On February 14th, over 200 youth and adult allies from across Washington state will come together once again for Youth Advocacy Day!

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We Say “See You Later” to Ros Ghan

On December 18, 2013 The Mockingbird Society said see you later to our very own Deputy Director Rosamund “Ros” Ghan who retired at the end of December. After eight years of working with The Mockingbird Society and touching so many youth and co-workers’ hearts, we celebrated Ros’s retirement celebration with tears, laughter and amazing gingerbread houses.

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Bach’s Coffeehouse at Seattle Symphony

On January 10th, The Mockingbird Society was invited to attend “Bach’s Coffeehouse,” a performance by the Seattle Symphony. Last year, the Symphony invited Mockingbird to become a Community Connections partner. Community Connections is a program that builds bridges with diverse communities in the Puget Sound region through complimentary tickets, music making, and co-created community performances. Through this program foster and homeless youth who participate in Mockingbird’s program have the opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to various Symphony concerts.

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You Have to Keep Moving, Part Two

Yakima Chapter participant Jonathan Marshall

The next phase of change in my life was when I moved back into my parents’ house. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have done it but I wanted to erase the foster child identity. I quickly realized that my parents weren’t the same ones I knew, so I had to put on another mask and learned again to fit in just as I had many times before. I thought that I was going to be loved and that I was finally free. It made me feel like my parents hadn’t changed from the time I was taken from their home. They kicked me out and after the second time of me trying to get back in, I accepted that I was on the streets.

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Youth united

We were all once the youth of tomorrow
And we will all be the youth of the past
But if us as youth unite
We will always win a fight
We were not born to hurt
We were not born to harm
We were born to love
Born to succeed
Born to strive

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Chapter Voice

Mockingbird Youth Network: Our Voice. Our Future
Tacoma Chapter youth at December’s meeting

In the Tacoma chapter there was recently an event, on December 5th, where a few senators came and ate and listened to speakers from Tacoma. The Tacoma Chapter spoke about Extended Foster Care and how it is beneficial, and the two categories that still need to be implemented. Greg Wallin and I were sharing our personal experiences and then we all conversed together. In this event a lot of the Chapter members were able to get to know the senators and build rapport. In particular Senator Jeannie Darneille and I had a very good connection personally and emotionally and she showed me the side of a senator that I think everyone needs to see.

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