March 12, 2015
Painting a More Accurate Picture of Youth Homelessness in King County

Before you can solve a problem, you need to understand it. You need to know its full scope, its causes, its exacerbating factors, and its consequences. This a fundamental reality of social change, but how do you do this for a complex problem that, by its very nature, is hidden from society? That’s the challenge we face each day with youth homelessness as the young people we seek to help often distrust the very systems and individuals in place to support them. And who can blame them after the abuse, neglect and fear most have encountered?Read More

March 2, 2015
A Note of Thanks to Youth Leaders

More than 200 young people from around Washington state gathered in Olympia on Friday to meet with elected officials and advocate for policies that directly affect their lives. Many related their experiences in the foster care system and some, such as members of The Mockingbird Society’s Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH), will give voice to the thousands of youth in our state who unfortunately have experienced the crisis of homelessness.Read More

February 18, 2015
Leading, learning and aligning at the NAEH Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

In her recent testimony before the Washington State Legislature, Tricia Raikes emphasized that because youth homelessness isn’t confined by city or county lines, it requires a community-wide solution.Read More

February 6, 2015
A Statewide Solution for a Statewide Challenge

Tricia has been honored the last two weeks to join Washington First Lady Trudi Inslee, Mockingbird Society youth advocates, Building Changes and members of the Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy (WACHYA) as they testified before the Washington State House and Senate in support of the Read More

December 11, 2014
Celebrating the Washington Youth & Families Fund

Expertise comes in many forms. There’s the kind gained through years of study and research, or the kind sought out through hands-on training. But there’s also the type that’s involuntarily hoisted on us from sometimes-harsh life experiences. Each kind provides unique value, and all are necessary when tackling an issue as complex as homelessness.Read More

November 13, 2014
Why the Raikes Foundation is excited to be part of the Foundations for Youth Success effort to End Youth Homelessness