I’ve been working at Treehouse for nine years now and have heard countless inspiring stories from the community we serve. To me, the stories are the best way to demonstrate the work Treehouse is doing every day to change the outcomes for youth in foster care. I remember one young woman, a senior in high school who received the Washington State Governor’s Scholarship For Foster Youth, speaking so eloquently about her painful childhood and hope for the future in front of a packed ballroom at our annual luncheon. Or a compassionate caregiver sharing what her nine children had been through and how Treehouse was always there with support for her and her kids. Or the resilient young man who stood in front of 1200 people and said “Treehouse is the other parent in my corner. ”
We are always looking for more people to share their story and help our community better understand the work we do. To help, we recently launched a Speakers Bureau. That sounds a little daunting, doesn’t it? Like if you’re in it, you are a seasoned speaker talking to hundreds of people. Not so! Treehouse’s Speakers Bureau is a collection of people- youth in foster care, alum of foster care, staff, social workers, donors, volunteers, caregivers- who are willing to share their story and experience with Treehouse with an audience. The options for sharing range from being the author of a simple blog post to being interviewed on the radio to speaking in front of an audience of 50-1200 people. How you tell your story and where you tell your story is entirely up to your comfort level. We can help you develop your personal story, help you craft your talking points or your speech, and we’ll even practice with you as may times as you need to feel comfortable. Being a part of the Speakers Bureau means we can call on you when a need arises to see if the opportunity is a good fit for you. Simple as that!
What’s your Treehouse story? We want to hear it. Contact me at 206.267.5112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author: Shaunessy Jones, Treehouse’s Senior Manager of Community Engagement, oversees the Young Professionals Board and co-leads the Speakers Bureau. Her creative vision and impeccable eye for detail have been a guiding force for the organization’s event-based fundraising efforts for the past nine years.
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