On August 12th, some of my fellow Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH) program participants and I went to Seattle City Hall to meet with Mayor Ed Murray. He greeted us very warmly as we stepped into his office. Needless to say, we were pretty nervous, but as we sat down that shakiness subsided.
Our meeting started with our introductions and why we choose to advocate for homeless youth. During his time in the state legislature, Mayor Murray supported the Shelter to Housing pilot program, Extended Foster Care, and other important causes, which really helped our meeting go more smoothly. The Mockingbird Society’s founder and Executive Director, Jim Theofelis, gave a brief explanation of how YAEH started and asked for Mayor Murray’s continued support for King County’s Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness by 2020 before starting our discussion and handing it off to Mockingbird Senior Network Representative, Trai Williams.