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Mockingbird Times - September, 2014

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"FALL" INTO ADVOCACY

 

YAEH Meets with Mayor Murray

Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness

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.

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Spokane’s Legislative Barbecue

The Spokane Chapter at this year’s Legislative BBQ

On Thursday, August 8th, the Spokane Chapter hosted another successful Legislative Barbecue, to say the least. Spokane is the first Mockingbird chapter that put together the Legislative Barbecue, and because of its success we now host similar events annually across the chapters in Washington State.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Happy fall! On September 23rd, The Mockingbird Society will host our 8th Annual Benefit Luncheon! I invite you to join me as our young people take center stage, sharing powerful stories of hope and strength.

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Creating a Solid Foundation

When I think of a foundation, I think of something stable that will last forever; something safe; something or someone that is dependable; something I know is sturdy because I’ve put every ounce of love, sweat and tears into it. The last and probably the most important to me: when I think of a foundation, I think of something that can bring change or make a difference.

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MTA Offers Resources for Homeless Youth

Plans for new community center at the MTA (photo courtesy of Mason Transit)

The subject of homelessness in and around Olympia, Washington is one that I often hear about due to working closely with many homeless youth and young adults. Olympia offers services to young people experiencing homelessness through great agencies like Community Youth Services. However, rural cities and towns in the region do not have as much access to these sources of support.

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Using Your Voice Through Voting

Now is the time to vote! I know you may wonder “Why should I bother? My vote won’t matter anyway,” and things like that. Or, maybe you just don’t understand how voting works, but I would be happy to tell you. When you’re in school, you’re told that voting is important because you choose who runs your state and country. You’re told that your vote counts, but no one really tells you how it works or what effect it will have on you in the long run. You may or may not have been told which elected positions fulfill certain roles, and what an initiative or referendum is.

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Chapter Voice

“Describe a time when a teacher inspired you.”

“My teacher once told me that when you take your time to learn something ahead of time, you may actually be learning faster than those who have to go through the experience.”

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Untitled

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The only shame, is to pretend that we have all the answers
It’s only something that continuously helps me become who I am.
A sightless trek to find forgotten fables
To strive to become something more from something less
Sometimes it’s best to travel the mile

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