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Mockingbird Times - March, 2014

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Advocacy In Action!

Youth Advocacy Day 2014

Tacoma Chapter youth at 2013 Summit

On February 14th, we held one of our biggest events of the year — Youth Advocacy Day. 258 youth and adult supporters came from across the state to advocate for our lead legislative priorities. As we walked through the capitol campus, visitors commented on the sea of orange scarves and said it was impressive. Our presence made a difference that day.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

February 14, 2014 witnessed the best Youth Advocacy Day yet for The Mockingbird Society! More than 250 youth, young adults and allies from across Washington state came together in Olympia and set a stellar example for how to effectively advocate for change. The event featured memorable moments from beginning to end.

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W.A.G.E.S. Program Helps Homeless Youth Gain Skills

When it comes to helping youth achieve success, it is important that community partners work together to ensure that youth can get the most out of all the services and opportunities that are available. The YMCA’s Working to Achieve Growth in Employment Skills (W.A.G.E.S.) is a fine example of collaboration, in fact you could say partnership is the very core of the program; the thing that makes it tick. W.A.G.E.S. is an eight week program that accepts six to eight interns, ages 18-22 years old, who are struggling with homelessness.

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You Have to Keep Moving, Part Three

Yakima Chapter participant Jonathan Marshall

I was still couch surfing when a friend told me about a local beauty school that would be a good opportunity. I was unsure at first but I was curious. She put in a good word for me at the local Yakima Beauty School. A community mentor actually helped make that happen and took the time to help me fill out my financial aid and application paperwork. I went in for an interview and the school director accepted me. Within a two month period I went from not doing much of anything to a full time commitment to a new craft.

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Famous Faces From Foster Care

Being a part of the system whether it was foster care, kinship care or homelessness; whether it was one year, five years or 15, systems leave an impression on every child that goes through them. There are good impressions and bad impressions. Some youth are destroyed, however every year more and more youth survive and come out on top. Their good and bad impressions mold them into outstanding citizens and quite a few of them have done amazing things. A few famous faces that we all know were a few of those outstanding citizens; they used their experiences to escape, to grow, and to learn to overcome what they were dealing with.

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Eat Better and Save Money!

Have you ever created a budget plan for the week, didn’t really follow it, then looked up a few days later to realize you only have $20 left till the next pay day? What is up with that?! For a large group of us, our spending habits grow with our income. Other than electronics, food is a major factor as to why money is being over spent instead of being saved.

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When Systems Raise Children

When systems raise children,
Flowers grow into weeds
That are prodded and thrown away
That disturb the natural beauty we
work so hard to maintain
Forgotten beauties walk down
hillsides
Stumbling not to trip
Yet another fallen soldier to prove
them right

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YAD 2014!

YAD 2014

During the months of December, January, and February, youth and young adults in the Network and YAEH spend months preparing, leading trainings and workshops for youth and the general public on proposed legislation, current issues and trends related to foster care. Youth Advocacy Day occurs during Stage 4 of The Mockingbird Society’s Advocacy Cycle.

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