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Mockingbird Times - October, 2014

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HONORING AN ADVOCATE

 

In Loving Memory of Bunthy “Max” Ream

Bunthy 'Max' Ream, a long time Mockingbird Youth Network participant

Bunthy “Max” Ream, a long time Mockingbird Youth Network participant, passed away from natural causes on Friday 9/26/2014. Max was a courageous advocate, a loyal friend, and unwaveringly dedicated fan of Seattle sports. He always had a smile and a laugh when we needed it most. When he provided testimony or spoke to law makers, Max presented his ideas in an authentic and respectful manner that broke down negative stereotypes about youth in care, and what we are capable of. Despite facing many personal challenges in his life, Max never complained or made excuses.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

On September 23rd, about 550 of our strongest supporters came out for our 8th Annual Benefit Luncheon and made it one of our best ever! I want to personally thank all of our generous sponsors and guests for joining us. Your support makes it possible for our agency, like the little engine that could, to continue carrying the weight and bringing home the freight. I am incredibly proud of our youth speakers, Emcee Violet Banks and Keynote Speaker Roel Williams. Their stories were powerful and honest, and reminded us all about the impact of our advocacy to improve foster care and end youth homelessness.

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Arcadia House Is Making a Difference

Arcadia House is a drop-in center and young adult shelter located in South King County and operated by Auburn Youth Resources (AYR). The house provides GED prep services in partnership with the Metrocenter YMCA, life skills groups, recreational activities, and shelter. Arcadia staff also can refer youth 12-18 who need crisis housing support to South King County Youth Shelter (SKYS) which is located nearby.

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Shared Housing Services’ Home Sharing Program

The struggles of being a homeless youth are hard to bear. The youth doesn’t know what to do, where to go, who to ask for help. As the door shuts and the lock clicks, the worries start to shroud the mind: “What’s going to happen to me? I still have work tomorrow, but my work clothes are inside — what am I going to do!?”

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Mockingbird’s 8th Annual Benefit Luncheon Is Huge Success!

At this year’s 8th Annual Benefit Luncheon we had 550 guests and were able to raise over $250,000! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our donors, legislators and policy makers, our Board of Directors, Table Captains, and sponsors!

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SLC Brings YAEH and MYN Together

Mockingbird Youth Network and YAEH participants at September’s SLC Meeting.

On the 12th and 13th of September, we had our first extended State Leadership Council of the 2014-15 annual advocacy cycle! On day one, the early morning presented fresh opportunities and fresh coffee as sleepy chapter leaders from across the state — and from both our MYN and YAEH programs — settled in.

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You

You

From the earliest days that I had treasured
I defined love as something that couldn’t be measured
My parents assumed that since I was young
I wouldn’t replicate their very words to which I clung
I watched, I listened, and I learned

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