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Mockingbird Times - May, 2014

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NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH!

 

Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness

Youth Advocates Ending HomelessnessAs we hit the one year anniversary of the pilot program known as the Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI), we have a few cool announcements. The first is that the program is no longer a pilot program! The homeless youth program is now a permanent fixture at The Mockingbird Society just like the Mockingbird Youth Network. The second cool announcement is that the program has a new name! HYI is now Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness or YAEH (pronounced like yeah).

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Thank You Governor Inslee for Signing HB 2335, SB 6126, SB 6479 and HB 1651

The Mockingbird Society and other supporters of Extended Foster Care at HB 2335’s bill signing on March 28th. Representative Mary Helen Roberts, Senators Joe Fain and Jeannie Darneille joined Governor Jay Inslee at the signing.The Mockingbird Society and other supporters of Extended Foster Care at HB 2335’s bill signing on March 28th. Representative Mary Helen Roberts, Senators Joe Fain and Jeannie Darneille joined Governor Jay Inslee at the signing.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

May is National Foster Care Month! We at The Mockingbird Society believe that those in foster care are our community’s collective responsibility, and now is the time to honor those that fulfill this responsibility.

That is why The Mockingbird Society advocates year-round for a child welfare system that supports those who keep our young people safe and stable, while ensuring no one falls through the cracks.

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Nothing to Fear, Part Two

Lamar CampbellThis is final article of a two part series by former Mockingbird intern, Lamar Campbell, who shares his journey through the W.A.G.E.S. progam and as an intern for The Mockingbird Society.

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Laurie Lippold: A Dedicated Champion

Laurie Lippold Article PhotoA few weeks ago on April 3rd I had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Laurie Lippold. It was pretty nice day for Seattle; with just a few drops of rain I knew that this was the start of a great interview! Laurie Lippold is the Public Policy Director for Partners for Our Children.

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Transitioning Out of Bad Habits

Terrance Hamilton

Transition plays a major role in my life. When it comes to getting rid of old habits and starting new productive habits — that is a process all in itself. I remember back when I was running in the streets, I had finally come to a point where I found myself being tired. I was tired of being in the streets...

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“How Is It Really”

“How Is It Really”
by Wesley Robinson

Honey you may not see it, but I’ve got pain as well,
I Can’t explain what you’ve gone through
but i can tell you things that will make your heart swell
you may feel alone,
in that moment of pain,
you can feel nothing but shame, but after the passing of it,
there’s a new moment of joy or bliss
nothing matters does it?

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Chapter Voice

“I have opened up more to a lot of people and I have become more outgoing and less shy and I have a lot more friends now. When you are in foster care you learn that you’re not the only kid in the foster care system. There are a lot more people dealing with the same things that you are dealing with. ”

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