Advocacy and Leadership for a Better Future 

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Washington Family Engagement

Washington Family Engagement is committed to supporting our Parent and Child Leadership Training Institute graduates on their continued path to leadership. Here you can find our latest news, events, and resources.



Washington Family Engagement held two Parent and Children’s Leadership Training Institute graduation ceremonies at the Washington State Capitol this month. We celebrate parent and children leaders from Snohomish County, Whatcom County, King County, and various cities around the state who are ready to advocate, participate and make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods and communities.
We are grateful to our graduation key note speaker WA State Senator Claire Wilson (30th Legislative District).

Community Project from The Children's Leadership Training Institute

Thank you for supporting the Child Leaders in the Children’s Leadership Training Institute (CLTI).  This year we had 3 community projects divided by age groups. It was a complete success! 

The Happy Transformers (ages 6-8) – Ms Millz.
Organization: Paws – Animal Shelter

The Caterpillars (ages 9 &10) – Ms Luisa
Organization: TreeHouse – Foster Care.

The Cheese Dogs (ages 11 and 12) – Mrs Ivy
Organization: Jean Kim Foundation – Assistance to homeless people


As part of our commitment to leadership and civic engagement, WALEN provides free opportunities for the community to learn about social issues that affect the well-being of children and families. We are committed to supporting the development of a more equitable and sustainable society.



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Find a Summer Meals Site Near You!

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) works closely with states to ensure that children receiving free or reduced-price school meals can get the nutrition they need when schools are closed. Approved sites in communities nationwide can serve meals to kids up to age 18 at no cost. Families can use their meal finder tool to find directions to nearby meal sites, their hours of operation, and contact information. Click here to find resources in your city.

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The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is recruiting parents and guardians for the Parent Advisory Group (PAG). PAG is a sounding board for decisions, ideas, and questions that shape the future of DCYF. Parental involvement in decision-making is the key to policies and programs supporting families’ strengths and needs. The PAG is made up of parents and family caregivers of children from prenatal through 17 years old. Please visit the PAG webpage for more information on the Parent Advisory Group.
To apply, please visit the English PAG application, Spanish PAG application, or Somali PAG application. Applications must be submitted by June 30. For questions, please contact Community Engagement Manager Emily Morgan at 360-999-0009

Get involved and make a difference

The city commission, board, or committee provides a unique and rewarding experience. These advisory groups: form new ideas, gather information, receive public comments, analyze complex issues, and then make recommendations for specific projects and policies. For more information, click here.

Everett 2044 Open House

Join the Everett 2044 Open House meetings, where the city’s residents can talk to planners about what they would like their city to look like and the process of making this possible. 

When: June 13 at Everett Community College.

Where: Everett Community College / Henry M. Jackson Conference Center

Time: 4:00 to 6:30 pm