Annie Blackledge
Executive Director of the Mockingbird Society
“Foster Care and Youth Homelessness”

Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA

October 21, 2017 at 9:30am

Annie Blackledge, Executive Director of the Mockingbird Society, an alumna of foster care, will speak to us about her experience in foster care:

“While we have made some progress since the 1980s when I was in care, the overall structure of the system that I experienced as a child is essentially the same. It’s time for this to change. We need bold action and public will”.

She will address the changes that need to be made today, their challenges and their accomplishments. The Mockingbird Society is an advocacy organization that works with young people and families to improve foster care and end youth homelessness.

Their youth programs train young people who have been homeless or in foster care to be their own best advocates. By doing so, they change policies and perceptions that stand in the way of every child having a safe, stable home, and a healthy family.

Their family programs advocate for innovation in foster care delivery. Together, our solutions focus on improving the social service systems that ultimately serve thousands of children, youth and families each year in Washington and beyond.

Their name is as unique as we are. The great American masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird provides our inspiration, our moral muscle.

Come Join Us!

Location: Best Western Plus Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Ave North, Seattle, WA

Cost: $15 inclusive – No charge for students with ID (Reservations required)

Menu: Quiche Lorraine, roasted breakfast potatoes, served with chilled fruit juice, freshly brewed Caffe Vita coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, and breakfast breads.

Parking: Free in hotel garage. Members who park in the garage or hotel lot can sign the book at the front desk and give their name and license plate number. 10-hour curbside pay stations on Taylor and on Thomas at $1.50 per hour. Bus: #8 on Denny.

Reservations required by Sunday, October 15, 2017. Contact Pam Forsha at or pay in advance via Pay Pal thru the link below.

Directions and Parking

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Upcoming Programs – Save the Dates!

2017-2018 Seattle Branch AAUW Programs

  • October 21, 2017 – 9:30am – Annie Blackledge, Executive Director of The Mockingbird Society, will speak about how her organization advocates for improved foster care and ending youth homelessness, at Best Western Plus Executive Inn
  • November 28, 2017 – Dress For Success at Dress For Success Seattle
  • December 16, 2017 – 9:30 am – Holiday Program at Seattle Yacht Club with the Endolyne Children’s Choir of West Seattle
  • January 29, 2018 – 8:30am – AAUW Lobby Day at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia, WA
  • January 2018 – TBD
  • February 2018 – TBD
  • March 2018 – TBD
  • April 27-29, 2018 – WA AAUW State Convention at the Davenport Hotel, Spokane, WA

Past Programs and Events

  • September 16, 2017 – 9:30am – Alison McCaffree, a King County League member, will talk about the book she has written about her mother, Mary Ellen McCaffree, who represented the 32d District in the 1960’s, at Best Western Plus Executive In