Mockingbird Times - May, 2013
May is National Foster Care Month! Now is the time to honor the caregivers, case managers, service providers, and advocates whose hard work ensures that our society’s most vulnerable children and youth have the opportunity to thrive. These dedicated champions understand better than anyone that these children are our children and deserve the support of nurturing adults, families, and communities.
Within the last year, the Mockingbird Youth Network has gotten on board with a national foster care advocacy organization known as The National Foster Youth Action Network (NFYAN). The whole idea behind this collaboration is to get the Network and other small foster care advocacy agencies a little more national exposure. We want to partner and network with other organizations in other states that do similar work to what we do in order to achieve a higher level of advocacy on the state level, as well as on the national level. NYFAN also offers Mockingbird technical support in the form of trainings and information sessions because the process of advocacy on a state level differs from the process of advocacy on a national level.
Pay It Forward
Need help finding a good job? Tired of all the unsuccessful interviews? Are you in the Tacoma area? Then Cash to Careers is for you. If you’re between the ages of 18-24 and are not currently enrolled in any secondary schooling, but are either getting a GED, participating in an apprenticeship program or participating in a Running Start/ Fresh Start program, then you may qualify for this opportunity. Aimed to help those who want to acquire occupational skills to get a job with livable wages and keep it, Cash to Careers provides you with up to $3,000 for help with tuition, books, supplies, fees, and some living expenses.
Power of One
Imagine waking up in the morning to the subtle aroma of roasting cacao beans. It’s true the best part of waking up is Folger’s, and of course you know the rest of the jingle. Now imagine waking up to that sensational aroma just to realize there is no way you could afford a cup. You did sleep in the alley of a coffee shop after all. It’s 6am and you’ve already had a bad day. Welcome to homelessness.
It’s a fact that I don’t like to admit is true. A third of youth who are in care or have recently exited foster care in Washington state will or have already experienced some form of homelessness. I have fallen into those statistics as well, and it’s a tough way to live. You don’t know where your next meal will come from and given the confused ecosystem of our state, trying to stay dry for more than an hour is easier said than done.
Take me apart, dismantle me.
Scrap my mind, and Discard my heart.
Useless fragments, twisted mess,
Put me back together. Assemble me anew.
Not a better product just this
Valueless wreck you’ve turned me into.
Broken, incomplete, incompatible, I
am nothing worthwhile.
Belittle my essence, my assembly.
Devalue my sentience.
Liquidate my love, my devotion, and my weakness.
Rip me open and take away my memories.
Accidental, additional things, I cherished.
Broken jumbled data, unneeded, unnecessary,
A mindless machine.
Everett Chapter Youth Prepare for Summit 2013 by Jill Nance
Region 2 North (Everett) — This month the Everett Chapter focused on team building and preparing our chapter for the upcoming youth Summit. We started by working on our Summit application essays.
We also participated in an icebreaker where we split into groups and played a game of charades in which we were faced with the question, how does a group of five people use physical rather than verbal language to convey the word “food processor”. This presented quite the challenge, but also gave us a chance to practice and more fully appreciate the teamwork required not only in something as mundane as charades but something as important as presenting our ideas at Summit.