Building strong futures
The MYN brings together young people who have experienced the child welfare system first-hand and want to share their stories so that tomorrow’s foster youth will not have to face the same challenges they did.
MYN participants across the state work with Mockingbird staff members, our service provider partners, and local policy makers to learn advocacy skills, get involved in their communities, and become leaders. The connections and skills that young people in the MYN develop help them to thrive and launch into successful adulthood and independence. The positive reforms they develop and champion improve the lives of youth in foster care today, and those that come after.
The Mockingbird Youth Network involves youth in:
- One of six regional Chapters in Washington State designed to help them prepare for a successful future, with valuable work and life skills training, preparation and planning for adult life, and leadership development.
- Leading civic engagement projects and initiatives in their region. Local community partners (businesses, child welfare organizations, community groups, and other child advocates) are able to invest in their most vulnerable citizens by collaborating with and supporting Network Chapters.
- Reforming the foster care system. As a key component of The Mockingbird Society’s ongoing mission, the Mockingbird Youth Network is revolutionizing the role and impact of youth and alumni to bring about system reform in Washington state.