At The Mockingbird Society (TMS), we believe it is essential for young people impacted by foster care and homelessness to play a leadership role in bringing about positive change. Equipped with first-hand experience, their unique insight informs decision-makers and helps create better policies, laws, and budgets. By creating platforms for young people to share their stories and ideas, TMS also empowers them to become their own best advocates while developing confidence and honing transferable skills.
We offer two programs that engage and train youth and young adult participants throughout the year in a menu of activities designed to promote confidence, create positive relationships, build skills, and provide practical leadership and advocacy experience:
The Mockingbird Youth Network (MYN), a powerful statewide coalition of young people affected by foster care, engages over 400 foster youth and alumni between the ages of 13 and 24 every year.
The Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH) program gives youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness a chance to speak up, tell their stories, and advocate for programs and services they think will improve the lives of young people living on the streets throughout King County.
The Mockingbird Society also offers an array of Youth Trainings to program participants. These trainings are intended to help young people build skills and prepare them for various advocacy opportunities.