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Mockingbird's Annual Advocacy Cycle

Mockingbird Youth begin this Cycle each spring by developing proposals for change based on their own experiences. These proposals are then presented to the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care at The Mockingbird Society's Foster Youth and Alumni Leadership Summit. From there, youth work with leaders in their communities to build support for their proposals, while The Mockingbird Society identifies opportunities to advance their reforms, via legislation or other means. Those proposals that turn into legislation then become the focus of the final stage of the cycle. Youth from across the state advocate their elected officials during Washington's Legislative Session. Youth make calls, send emails, provide public testimony before legislative committees, and meet directly with legislators in the support of their legislative agenda. This cycle of year-round advocacy has resulted in over a dozen youth-inspired solutions resulting in signed legislation, and many more rule changes and practice reforms within the child welfare and youth homelessness systems.