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Mockingbird Times - February, 2015

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GEAR UP TO SPEAK UP!

 

YAD Is Here, Are You Ready?

YAD 2014 Youth Advocacy Day 2014 was a pretty big deal. We secured a new location for our event in the Capitol, we made some changes happen, our presence was bigger and stronger than it had been in previous years, and 2015 is only going to get better. We have secured The United Churches of Olympia again for Youth Advocacy Day on February 27, 2015. That means we will be...

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I Have a Dream in 2015

Martin Luther King Jr Gesturing Everett Every year February comes around, I’m ready and excited because black history month is here! It is a time to honor our Civil Rights Leaders, and a time for showing recognition to some of the most amazing African Americans of our time: Malcolm X, Jan Ernst Matzeliger, Granville T. Woods, the great Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. However, as we roll into the year of 2015, this black history month will hurt, sting, and enrage before it excites me...

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You Can’t Have a Rainbow Without a Little Rain

What is it like to be in foster care in the most northern corner of the most northern state in the continental U.S.? I consider myself an expert. After 5 years and 8 different placements in foster care, I have lived all over Whatcom County and I know what it’s like to live a life of isolation. Physically, it was incredibly difficult to get anywhere without being dependent on other people. I started taking care of myself at a very young age and I consider myself to be extremely independent. Living out in “the boonies” forced me to depend on my foster parents for everything and most of all, transportation...

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

February marks our national observance of African American History Month. I want to honor the legacy of countless figures throughout our history that have fought for civil rights and racial equality. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

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Mockingbird Family Model Expands Into Pierce County

Foster families share time together The Mockingbird Family Model (MFM) is expanding into Pierce County in 2015. MFM is a model that effectively addressed Washington’s child welfare goals of improving the sense of connection and the social and emotional well-being of foster children and as well as their caregivers...

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Movie Review: Homestretch

Homestretch Approximately 1.6 million youth struggle with homelessness across America. Homestretch is a documentary that gives insight into the perspective of homeless youth who face diverse challenges such as broken families, immigration rights, LGBTQ rights, and much more. The core content of this film applies to many lives that have been touched and affected by youth homelessness across the country. Directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelley, the documentary will...

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Chapter Voices

“What are you looking forward to at Youth Advocacy Day 2015?”

"I am looking forward to getting to spend time with those who’ve had similar experiences like mine. I am also looking forward to learning leadership skills, such as public speaking..."

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2015 Legislative Session Starts Off With A Bang

The 2015 legislative session has begun! On January 12th, lawmakers began meeting in Olympia to talk about the work to be done for the year. They are discussing budgets and bills that are being presented to become law.

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