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meet our celebration of youth panelists

We have two amazing panel discussions prepared for our Celebration of Youth events. With experts from the community, this will be an event you will not want to miss. Read on to learn who will be attending our events this April.  


Foster Care Services Panel

Our first panel on April 18 will be focused on foster care services in Washington state. Hear from those directly involved and impacted by the foster care system.  

  • Degale Cooper – Executive Director, Youth Care 

  • Jim Theofelis – Executive Director and Founder of North Star Advocates 

  • Precious JamersonLaunch Success Coach and Foster Care Lived Expertise 

  • Emcee: Yvonne-Monique Aviva – Senior Director of Residential and Foster Care Services, Friends of Youth


Homeless Youth Services Panel

On April 25, we will be joined by 3 members of the community working to address the root causes of homelessness here in East King County.  

  • Dominque Alex – Executive Director Mary's Place 

  • Troy Christensen – Executive Director Porch Light 

  • Dietra Clayton – Managing Director Sophia's Way  

  • Special Emcees from the Identity Unboxed Podcast, Tiana Cole, and Brad Blackburn III 

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