An illustration from Molly Costello (for a Syracuse Cultural Workers poster) features a pink and yellow flower growing out of the ground. The plower has 2 stems that separate at the base of the plant and there are roots underground. Text reads: The Gender Binary Has Its Roots in Colonization.

Intersectional Pride

Intersectionality describes the cross sections of one’s identities – how multiple identities interact and form emergent realities. It looks at bigger systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and asks that we identify where and how they interact with each other. What does it do when you add to the identifiers of race and gender the identity of a young person, who has fewer rights than an adult in seeking their own health care, school placement, or living arrangement? 

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Accountability and Inclusion – Youth Advisory Board Weighs In

TeamChild’s Youth Advisory Board seeks to find a systemic way to change the approach to bullying and harassment that can reduce the incidents that make some students unsafe, while increasing the services that can allow other students to stay in school without causing further harm.

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Teaming Up with Teen Feed

In King County, the legal team has been partnering with Teen Feed which runs drop in services throughout the week at Roots Young Adult Shelter in the University District, to offer legal clinics twice a month since November of 2022.

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TeamChild 2023 Town Hall Debrief with Diego and Seiha

We were delighted to gather in person with supporters in April for TeamChild’s 2023 Town Hall. Thanks to your support, we extended our impact through GiveBig May 2-3 and raised a total of $58,000.

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Expanding the Circle of Care

Youth detention centers and jails are not homes. Everyone knows this. Everyone agrees. Yet TeamChild attorneys work with clients regularly to try to find a safe place for them to live when it is time for them to be released from detention.

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Spotlight on Housing Instability in Spokane

One of the hardest calls to get as a Legal Assistant is from a young person who does not feel safe in their living situation. It really helps when school counselors and adults in healthcare and social facilities understand legal options and can suggest them to youth, or refer them to us for more assistance. With the overwhelming challenges young people face in accessing housing, they shouldn’t have to face them alone.

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Developmentally Appropriate Responses Change Lives

The passage of ESHB 1394 is one of the most consequential successes we had in the legislature this year.  It will change the lives of thousands of young people.

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TeamChild’s Spring Retreat – Persistent Rivers

TeamChild Staff and several Board members gathered last month at Dumas Bay Center for our first in-person retreat since 2019. This serves as a launching point for strategic planning.

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Meeting the Moment: We CAN End School Exclusion

TeamChild’s vision for our schools is an end to exclusion and cycles of harm perpetuated onto students of color and students with disabilities.

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Putting Our Money Where Our Values Are

The services and supports needed for young people, their families, and communities must be adequately funded now to assure that they can weather all of the ups and downs of growing up.

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