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Mockingbird Times - January, 2015

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A NEW YEAR FOR PROGRESS

 

Governor Supports Expansion of Fund to Include Youth

yaeh-photo On December 10, 2014 Mockingbird Youth Network Representatives and I participated in an event at Seattle Central Community College. Hosted by Building Changes, the event celebrated the signing of an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for ‘youth’ to be added to the Washington Families Fund. I was given the honor and privilege of sharing my personal insight and expertise on the importance of the Fund, and introducing Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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Be Part of Count Us In 2015

Count Us In We are starting a new year with new beginnings, and we want to make everything count. We know that there are a lot of young adults and youth that experience homelessness in King County, but it is helpful to gather good information and try to reach those who are under the radar. For that reason, it is very important for young people to be included in the Count Us In one-night count held on January 22, 2015.

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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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Spokane Chapter Distributes Meals and Cheer

On November 22, 2014, the Spokane Mockingbird Chapter teamed up with Volunteers of America (VOA) and the Crosswalk Teen Shelter to make and pass out sack lunches to those in need in downtown Spokane. We had about 35 people show up to help, including the staff of VOA, Crosswalk and Mockingbird. As a group we had a blast making these lunches. Some people decorated the paper bags with positive messages, some made the sandwiches, and others filled the bags. That day we made over 300 sack lunches.

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My Recipe for Success

Over the past two years a lot of people have had the opportunity to hear my story and get to know me as a young adult. I have spoken about being homeless, struggling, and what I did to overcome. They have watched me grow as a writer, public speaker, and advocate. I have also had the pleasure of getting to hear a lot of great stories from other advocates, which has been an amazing privilege. I want to share a little insight on my present self and what I have accomplished lately.

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TMS Ally and Alumna of Care Joins Team

Paula Carvalho As some of you may know, our last Network Coordinator, Brooklyn Jones, departed our organization to pursue exciting and new opportunities in southern California. Brooklyn became a very big part of our organization through the relationships she established and her expertise, as well as her dedication to helping better the lives of youth and young adults. She left an impact and wealth of knowledge with the organization that is sure to be felt in the future as we continue to push forward with our work.

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Gearing Up for Advocacy: 2015 Priorities

Happy New Year and welcome to the beginning of the final step in our advocacy cycle! As we get closer to the legislative session, beginning on January 12, we want to let you in on what the Mockingbird Youth Network and the Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness will be advocating for in the legislature, as well as the priorities we will be monitoring. So what’s next? Sign up for e-mail advocacy alerts on mockingbirdsociety.org! Advocacy alerts will let you know when we need your help reaching out to legislators during the session.

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Chapter Voices

“What goal am I striving to achieve in 2015?”

“My goal is to try to set up a food drive and collect $100,000 for food.”

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Art in Action

Grandmother, Grandmother
by Anton Summers

Living in a house with emotions and feelings,
trying to get over the depressing appeals,
seeing your grandmother present
multiple catastrophes in the rage of anxiety.

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