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Mockingbird Times - July, 2017

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SUCCESS AND SOLUTIONS!

 

100 Days to Create Change

Youth experiencing homelessness often become discouraged in their search for solutions. After a month or two in severely uncomfortable and unsafe living situations, they often give up on finding help. When nothing changes, talking to case managers feels pointless. Their names sit on endless wait-lists, which can make them feel like no more than a number. The uncertainty homeless communities face causes people to lose patience in the wait for change. However, I’ve recently begun participating in a potential solution: The 100-Day Challenge.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Allies,

As you will read in the pages that follow, these past few months have been an incredible time for the growth of youth leadership at The Mockingbird Society (TMS). These are not just opportunities TMS has developed, but rather the result of our youth colleagues taking the initiative and stepping up to take on leadership challenges. As I work alongside these incredible young people I can’t help but notice how differently they perceive the work in front of us.

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Emergency Housing Youth Need More CRCs

As youth homelessness in Washington rapidly increases, youth and young adults have an urgent need for emergency shelter beds, including CRC beds. What is a CRC? As defined by the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, “Crisis Residential Centers (CRCs) are shortterm, semi-secure or secure facilities for runaway youth and adolescents in conflict with their families.” CRCs provide emergency resources, temporary residence, assessment, and referrals to services for youth ages 12 to 17. CRCs are used for housing foster and homeless youth, providing them a safe stable household for a short period of time.

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We Steer Our Future

Sabian Hart and Mockingbird staff at bill signing with Governor Inslee. House Bill 1808 was a massive success for The Mockingbird Society in this year’s advocacy cycle. This bill creates a program that will contract with a private non-profit organization to pay for driver’s education, permits and licenses, fees, and insurance for foster youth between the ages of 15-21, along with help navigating the paperwork process. This is important because there were clearly identified barriers that foster youth face in order to get their license. According to a study in Florida, only 3% of youth in care had their license compared to 54% of their peers from intact families. Some of these obstacles include cost and issues with social security/birth certificate paperwork. This program will significantly help youth navigate those barriers.

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Get Educated Save A Life

You see addicts everywhere. Some are very noticeable, their addictions visible to the common eye, and some are more hidden, living otherwise “normal” lives. But they all have a disease. Addicts do not choose to be addicts. In fact, many addicts are born with the disease. Sometimes it’s an active addiction and other times it remains dormant and doesn’t impact their lives at all. Every addict’s experience differs, as some people’s addiction ravages their whole lives and some are able to break free of their addictions.

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Chapter Voices

“What is one thing you have accomplished so far this year?”

“I have become connected with my biological family on my mother’s side. I am doing well with seeing them.”— Everett Chapter Member Jazmyne Carlin

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Art In Action

Mama Wants Success
I am balancing on a line in-between
what I need to be and whats expected of me,
calloused feet no match for
the wire gripping the thickest pads on my soles
and pushing,

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