Youth Development Executives of King County

Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is celebrating 10 years of building the youth development sector to support thriving youth in King County, Washington.

YDEKC supports and sustains leaders at every level of youth-serving organizations in our region. Collectively, we partner with schools, communities, and families to ensure every young person has what they need to learn, grow, and thrive. ;xNLx;;xNLx;From our first executive leaders' summit in 2010 to the celebration of our first decade and the launch of our new strategic plan in 2020, we see several areas of accomplishment. In our first 10 years, we have helped to advance:;xNLx;;xNLx;*A Whole Child, Whole Day Vision;xNLx;*The Collective Power of our Sector;xNLx;*Strong, Networked Leadership;xNLx;*Cross-Sector Collaboration;xNLx;*Research-Informed Practice;xNLx;;xNLx;This thematic timeline summarizes the highlights of our first 10 years with an emphasis on these accomplishments.

2010-08-01 00:00:00

The Road Map Project Initiative takes shape

The Road Map Project is driven by a goal of vastly improving educational attainment in South Seattle and South King County. YDEKC represents the youth development sector and is a core partner in the project.

2010-11-02 01:56:12

First Youth Development Executive Leaders' Summit establishes the vision

Executive Directors from nearly 60 community-based, not-for-profit organizations in King County come together to address the question: Should the youth development field in King County be better organized?

2011-01-01 09:53:46

Jessica Werner becomes YDEKC's leader

After nearly a year of planning, YDEKC's steering committee hires Jessica Werner as the new organization's first executive director.

2011-09-14 23:45:37

YDEKC Advisory Board begins meeting

YDEKC's Board brings leaders from the field together to steer YDEKC's work.

2011-10-01 18:53:00

Student Engagement and Motivation Survey developed and deployed

The Road Map Region Student Engagement and Motivation Survey (SEMS) is created through a field-led, research-informed process that defined much of YDEKC's work.

2012-03-01 18:42:21

YDEKC convenes an Advocacy Committee to advance policy agenda

In collaboration with SOAR, YDEKC's advocacy committee is driven by concerns about post-recession budget cuts

2012-12-01 00:00:00

Skills and Dispositions reports released

YDEKC publishes Skills and Dispositions that Support Student Success in School reports and associated youth surveys for schools and youth programs.

2012-12-01 19:02:35

Puget Sound region receives $40 million Race to the Top grant

The Puget Sound Educational Service District receives a federal grant to build more equitable education systems in the region.

2013-01-01 19:02:35

YDEKC hires Data and Outcomes Manager

YDEKC hires a second full-time staff member to lead work on shared outcomes for the field.

2013-03-01 19:02:35

YDEKC collaborates on Quality to Outcomes demonstration project

YDEKC works with School's Out Washington and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to analyze the relationship between program quality and youth outcomes.

Youth Development Executives of King County

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