Advocate Resources

School’s Out, But School’s In for New Professional Development Course on Toxic Stress, Poverty, and Child Development

Once just an infographic, this research on child homelessness and toxic stress is now a full-fledged professional development class at Seattle University this summer for school and social-service professionals. <span class="s1"><a href="http://firesteelwa.org/wpsystem/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/big-brain-infographic.pdf" target="_blank">See the full infographic here.</span></a>
Once just an infographic, this research on child homelessness and toxic stress is now a full-fledged professional development class at Seattle University this summer for school and social-service professionals. See the full infographic here.
School psychologist Perry Firth has graced this blog many times with her research on the effects of child homelessness. Soon she'll share her insights with educators and service providers through a new professional development course she'll teach at Seattle University. Here, Perry writes about her motivations for teaching this course, and reminds us that, no matter our profession, we can all take steps to help end homelessness.

Tools for Change: New Online Resources for Advocates

Laura (left), who once lived in a tent, sees her new apartment for the first time in this still frame from "I Could Be Ready." The video is one episode of the "Homeless in Bellingham" series, which explores topics that are relevant to communities across the state.
Laura (left), who once lived in a tent, sees her new apartment for the first time in this still frame from "I Could Be Ready." The video is one episode of the "Homeless in Bellingham" series, which explores topics that are relevant to communities across the state.
The "Homeless in Bellingham" video series and the Toolkit to Combat the Criminalization of Homelessness are two great online resources for housing advocates.

Get Online and Advocate on Social Media Day of Action, Jan. 22

This year’s Social Media Day of Action avatar. Thanks to Stephanie Velasco, who created the original image, and to Amy Phung for revising it for 2016.
This year’s Social Media Day of Action avatar. Thanks to Stephanie Velasco, who created the original image, and to Amy Phung for revising it for 2016.
Use your social media skills to advocate for affordable housing and an end to homelessness on the third annual Social Media Day of Action, this Friday, Jan. 22! We've got key messages and example posts for you here.

Wired for Empathy: What Makes a Story Powerful

The love of stories starts early. Image from <a href="https://pixabay.com/en/learning-development-looking-people-164331/" target="_blank">pixabay.com</a>.
The love of stories starts early. Image from pixabay.com.
Why do storytelling projects like Humans of New York, Homeless in Seattle and StoryCorps "Finding Our Way" move us so deeply? And what lessons can advocates learn from their success? Perry Firth breaks it down in this post, the third and final part of her series on storytelling, empathy and advocacy.
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