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Mockingbird Times - July, 2014

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2014 SUMMIT EDITION

 

Youth Inspired Solutions at Summit

Mockingbird youth participants and staff at Seattle University for Summit 2014

It's that time of year again! The Annual Foster Youth and Alumni Leadership Summit has come to a close and the youth in our chapters have decided on their topics for advocacy this year. Before arriving, each chapter spent about three months deciding on their topic, researching what is already in place, and determining the best way to ask for what they wanted. Youth began arriving at Seattle University on Capitol Hill in Seattle at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1st to open the Summit.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

On July 1st and 2nd, our supporters and youth advocates from chapters throughout Washington state came together to build a world-class foster system at our 9th annual Foster Youth and Alumni Leadership Summit. Youth from Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Olympia, Yakima and Spokane embarked on an exciting Summit to advocate for themselves, their peers, and that 5-year-old child who doesn’t yet know she will be entering the foster care system.

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First Lady Inslee Listens to Mockingbird Youth

On Wednesday, June 25th Washington State’s First Lady, Trudy Inslee, came to the Mockingbird Society. This was the first of many stops she made throughout that day to learn more about family and youth homelessness. Later in the day she would visit Avondale Park in Redmond, Sound Mental Health in Tukwila, and Auburn Youth Resources. As her first audience of the tour, Mockingbird youth quickly began an intense discussion of issues that homeless youth face, possible barriers to making legislative changes, and who should deal with these issues in our community.

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Mockingbird Attends the Federal Ways and Means Committee Hearing

Everett Chapter member, Dawna Hovenier

On May 29th in Washington DC, the US Congressional Ways and Means Committee held a hearing that covered the issue of overmedication of foster youth. One of our own youth from the Everett Chapter, Dawna Zender Hovenier, had the opportunity to share her story. Dawna, along with several other experts, testified in favor of reducing mental health medications for foster youth and increasing other alternative therapies.

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Homeless at Home Plate

Homeless at Home Plate

It has been a long year since the first United Way of King County (UWKC) Celebrity Softball Classic. Last year, young people from the Mockingbird Society’s Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH) program worked hard and learned a lot from helping with the event. We spent an entire day videotaping the short films that were played on the Safeco Field Jumbo-Tron.

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Chapter Voice

“A time when I realized I could use my voice to make a change was when I advocated for a change in the policy for the mental health care system. I had advocated for the change and then I got to watch the change become implemented and take effect.”

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Art in Action

“ALHD-ALD”
by James Murphy

Fragile, Stripped to the core.
Don’t let it hurt you anymore.

Madness!
I can’t feel you anymore
Trapped in all our hearts

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