SOAR believes in the power and efficacy young people to speak for themselves about their assets, needs and interests. We also believe that adults in schools, youth programs and the broader community can provide critical support young people. 

SOAR convened the first Youth Engagement Practitioners (YEP) Cadre in 2011-2012, in partnership with Seattle Public Schools’ Youth Engagement Zone, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and CommonAction Consulting.

The YEP Cadre is a dynamic professional development program promoting organizational and community transformation. The YEP Cadre is comprised of experienced adult practitioners of youth engagement who are committed to cultivating shared knowledge, overcoming limitations, and sharing multiple perspectives from the field. Members developed community collaborations, shared expert knowledge and experiences, and deepened youth engagement practices in their settings and throughout King County.

The YEP Cadre is facilitated by Adam Fletcher, an internationally-recognized youth engagement expert;  a seasoned youth engagement practitioner and expert facilitator, and Roslyn Kagy, a community organizer and program manager for SOAR. Facilitators use experiential activities to gather the wisdom and cultivate the knowledge of seasoned youth engagement practitioners from across King County.

 Goals of the YEP Cadre include: Push personal thinking and professional expectations regarding youth engagement; identify and examine personal, cultural, and systemic assumptions and experiences about youth engagement; establish new youth engagement norms and behaviors in agencies and communities throughout King County; develop collaborative opportunities to demonstrate the efficacy of youth engagement; and to create a best practices manual based on YEP Cadre learning.

Throughout the year, Cadre members engage in projects to deepen and share their knowledge, including individual presentations, partner research papers, and group public presentations. At the end of the year, Cadre members will be recognized for their commitment to their professional development at a countywide youth engagement event. Cadre learning will also be compiled into a publication.

 The Cadre includes 23 people from different youth agencies including parks and recreation, community college, arts organizations, large and small youth development nonprofit organizations, small grassroots programs, health‐based organization, faith‐based groups, teachers and school-based programs– all with at least three years of experience in youth engagement. Members of the group are working with various populations of young people including homeless youth, youth who have experienced domestic violence, youth who identify as LGBTQ, youth with disabilities, youth who are low‐income, and youth of color. 

2013 Cadre Members & Organizations

Amy Bender, Northwest Center
Shawna Boggie, YouthForce at Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Connie Chan, Vietnamese Friendship Association
Lauren Cooley, Treehouse
Devon de Leña, ArtsCorps
Karly Feria, Community Schools Collaboration
Chev Gary, YMCA
Sean Goode, YMCA
Cindy Irwin, Compass Housing Alliance
Lizzie Jackson, Nature Consortium
Cori Jaeger, Camp Ten Trees
Hana Kawai, All Girl Everything Ultimate Program
Kayla Mahnke, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Ruel Olanday, Vietnamese Friendship Association
Katie Panhorst, College Access Now
Sarah Ratermann Beahan Summer Search
Amy Salins, New Horizons Ministries
Grace Scarella, Nature Consortium
Becca Shim, NELA
Sarah Waugh, Catholic Community Services Youth Tutoring Program

2012 Cadre Members & Organizations

Patrick Alina, City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services
Danielle Bock-Grande, Center for Human Services
Lois Brewer, Service Learning Seattle
Lauren Daumueller, Atlantic Street Center
Kalayaan Domingo, MMEM-YMCA
Briana Herman-Brand, The Capacity Project
Amanda Howard, Community Schools Collaboration
Roslyn Kagy, New Futures
Joshua Kemper, Pacific Science Center
Shawn LeValley, Seattle Public Schools
Devon Little, Camp Korey
Airen Lydick, Camp Ten Trees
Glenn McCray, Urban Impact
Paco Mesch, South Seattle Community College
Kibibi Monie’, Nu Black Arts West Theatre
Sukanya Pani, Year Up
Kate Reynolds, Street Youth Ministries
Sam Smith, Youth in Focus
Gwen Wessels, Seattle Parks & Recreation
Rebecca White 
Alan Wong, Independent Contractor
Teddy Wright, Planned Parenthood of The Great Northwest
Laura Wright, The Urban Family Center


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