2024 Leadership and Advocacy Forum

Saturday, June 1st, 2024 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free and Free childcare for children 5 to 11

Everett Community College,
Henry M. Jackson Conference Center
2000 Tower St, Everett, WA 98201


Dear parent leaders,

Welcome to our Leadership and Advocacy Forum! We are thrilled to offer this event for parents and youth who have graduated from our Leadership Institutes.
This joyous celebration is dedicated to you, our leaders who shape our communities and work towards a better future for all Washington families. At this event, we will come together to honor your remarkable contributions to your schools and communities, learn new skills and celebrate the profound impact you have made on our organization and beyond. You will help us also celebrate our 10th anniversary and commitment to empower youth and families. I look forward to seeing you there!

Adie Simmons
Founder and Executive Director
Washington Family Engagement

Who should attend

Parent graduates from WAFE’s Leadership Training courses and their children ages 5 to 18.

Parent Leaders

Re-connect with your fellow parent graduates, listen to inspiring speakers, enjoy food and music, learn new leadership skills and get ready to advocate for what matters the most to families.

Youth (12-18)

Meet other youth leaders, learn about leadership, civic engagement, social issues and learn how to create your own short films and podcasts with our partners The Social Justice Film Institute.


Luis Ortega,

Founder and Director at Storytellers for Change.

Luis (he/they) is a multidisciplinary storyteller, educator, narrative strategist, and the founder and director at Storytellers for Change.
Over the last 16 years, Luis has worked with youth, educators, and cross-sector leaders to harness the power of narrative to co-imagine, craft, and share stories to build an equitable world. Luis has a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Luis was born and raised in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) and now lives in the unceded and ancestral lands of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people (Seattle).


Event Registration

9:00 am

Jackson Center

Enjoy breakfast and meet with your fellow parent leaders. Childcare is available.

Opening Plenary

10:00 am

Jackson Center


  • Adie Simmons, Founder and Executive Director, Washington Family Engagement
  • Dr. Chemene Crawford, President, Everett Community College

Morning Keynote Speaker

  • Luis Ortega, Founder and Director at Storytellers for Change.

11:00 am

Jackson Center

Gray Wolf Hall

Jackson Center / Youth Forum

Gray Wolf Hall / Adult Workshop

Youth Forum

Adult Workshops

Lunch and Mariachi Performance

12:30 pm

Jackson Center

Enjoy lunch accompanied by a magnificent performance from Mariachi Guadalajara.

Mid-Day Plenary

1:00 pm

Jackson Center

Alumni Round Table

1:50 pm

Jackson Center

Gray Wolf Hall

Jackson Center / Adult Forum

Gray Wolf Hall/ Youth Workshop

Adult Forum

Youth Workshops

Closing Ceremony

3:45 pm

Jackson Center


Reserve you spot now!

We’re excited to offer this event for free, enriching our community with joy and knowledge. Your donations, though optional, sustain our efforts and enable us to keep serving. Thank you for considering supporting us and being part of our journey!

Thank you to our partners!

Questions? Send us a message!