If there is a certified peer counselor that you have worked with that you believe deserves special recognition, please fill out the form below by May 30th.
As summer and dry weather approaches, officials at the Washington State Department of Health are urging everyone in Washington to prepare for smoky days with unhealthy air quality.
Vendor Rate Increases: There are several key areas where the Governor made targeted investments for key Medicaid service providers.
The public education system most directly affects students. Yet we rarely hear from them in conversations about how schools could better serve them.
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High school students with disabilities are invited to learn leadership, citizenship and personal skills at the 19th annual Youth Leadership Forum.
The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is accepting applications through May 30.
The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is designed for students with disabilities who want to be or are leaders in their schools and communities. The forum will be held at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way from Aug. 4 to 9. There is no cost to parents for their student to attend, and students do not have to be receiving services from their school districts to apply.
Eligible youth include:
“The program provides students with a chance to practice their leadership skills in a safe environment,” said Julie Peddy, YLF co-chair. “Many students return the next year as counselors or guest speakers. Many also become successful, productive employees.”
"I was and continue to be mentored by leaders in our community, starting when I was a YLF delegate,” said Daman Wandke, CEO and founder of a business that helps organizations improve their website accessibility, increase their market base, and reduce their exposure to potential litigation. “As a disability advocate and entrepreneur, I know that mentorship and representation can impact the next generation of leaders in the disability community."
This year’s forum will feature a student store where students will gain experience in customer service, sales and merchandising.
Apply by May 30
The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Spirit of Youth Award. The intent of the award is to recognize and celebrate a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is today making significant contributions to society. A $1,000 scholarship to attend a Washington State college, university or vocational/technical school is available to the award winner sponsored by The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound.
The award also provides the WA-PCJJ and the public with an important opportunity to learn from a young person’s direct experience about the hard work and dedication it takes to build a better life, and how juvenile justice professionals and systems can most effectively be of help.
The award recipient must be:
Nomination and selection process:
The WA-PCJJ commits to the promotion the Spirit of Youth Award by distributing nomination forms to state and community organizations and media, as well as posting the announcement on the WA-PCJJ website at www.dshs.wa.gov/ra/office-juvenile-justice.
Outlined below is the 2019 nomination and selection process timeline:
Please visit www.dshs.wa.gov/ra/office-juvenile-justice to download the nomination form. The WA-PCJJ will maintain strict confidentiality when handling award nomination forms.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Aaron Moore, JJDPA Compliance Manager,
E. Aaron.Moore@dshs.wa.gov O. 360-902-0879 or C. 360-405-8467
Alice Coil, JJDPA Racial and Ethnic Disparities Manager,
E. Alice.Coil@dshs.wa.gov O. 360-902-0801 or C. 360-529-7339
Jenny Young, JDAI/Juvenile Justice Manager,
E. Jenny.Young@dshs.wa.gov O. 360-902-0872 or C. 360-522-2320
The 2018 Legislature passed Substitute Senate Bill 6560 (SSB 6560) stating that youth leaving a government system must be discharged into safe and stable housing. Government system includes the child welfare system, behavioral health system, juvenile justice system, and the Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) programs.
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FYSPRT Coordinator, Colleen Bradley