Some of FreeChilds GENIUS ideas…..

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Freechild is a program of CommonAction an independent education consulting firm

Mike Beebe

Mike decided to take his passion for leadership development training and start Leadership for Change in 2004. Since then, he has worked with thousands of individuals and groups to help develop their leadership skills. Mike has over 20 years of experience managing youth & adult leadership programs and is passionate about partnering with young people to create positive social change. His experience includes directing Penny Harvest Seattle, a youth philanthropy & service learning program, JustServe AmeriCorps, a youth anti-violence program, TEEN LINK, a hotline for youth answered by youth, and serving on the Board of Directors for COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), a national organization advocating for the rights of GLBT families.

In 2013, Mike and a team of training colleagues launched F.A.C.E. (Facilitating Awareness & Change for Equity) Consulting Collaborative in an effort to provide stronger support to individuals, groups, and organizations striving to create a more equitable world. More info on F.A.C.E. can be found on their website.




  1. AmeriCorps VISTA
  2. CommonAction Consulting Mike is a proud to be part of this team of consultants that promotes children, youth, and adults becoming engaged throughout our communities. CommonAction is well know for its resources to promote youth and student engagement- FreeChild & SoundOut!
  3. Casa Verde– Chairperson of the Board of Directors ,non-profit promoting Global Citizenship and Sustainability
  4. Center for Ethical Leadership
  5. King County Youth Development Network Mike was part of the founding team
  6. Seattle Young People’s Project fan and long time supporter of this youth-led, adult supported social change organization.
  7. Social Justice Fund Northwest
  8. ToP Technology of Participation


{I googled King County Youth Development Network which took me to Halfway down is Youth Development Network Online Resource Hub & Website where i found this….

QUOTED – Online Resource Hub & Website: KCYDN’s website provides centralized resources and information, visited regularly by over 1,100 people each month. Youth workers actively post youth development events, jobs, discussion, and blogs. Connect to this valuable resource at”

the blog is LOCKED? WHY? It then continues….

“In-Person Networking , Professional Panels & Training: KCYDN also hosts in-person networking, professional panels and training through monthly networking events that raise awareness of local resources and encourage new partnerships. Topics include Youth Employment, Truancy Prevention & Intervention, Youth & Media, LGBTQ Youth, and Youth Legal Resources. Events generally draw 30-40 youth program staff from a variety of contexts, to engage deeply on a current issue facing youth development.

The YDN website and networking events are collaborative SOAR projects, supported by the Dupar Foundation, the City of Redmond, City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, Metrocenter YMCA, School’s Out Washington, University of Washington and many more child & youth organizations in King County.”

Dupar Foundation

Founders – Founded by Francis Augustus Dupar, SR., and his wife, Ethel Leona (Gilbert) Dupar in 1954. Frank Dupar was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1888. He moved west as a young man in 1906 and helped with the cleanup of the great earthquake in San Francisco, before becoming a journeyman plumber. He then moved to Seattle where he started working for Palmer Supply. He later owned Palmer Supply, and got involved in the hotel business. In 1930, Frank called together three other hotel companies to form Western Hotels, Inc. Frank was active in the community, serving as Secretary-Treasurer for the World’s Fair from 1957 until his death in 1960. Prior to that, he served several positions with the Red Feather Drive, and it’s successors, the United Good Neighbor and United Way, and was very active in the Navy League. He was President of the Seattle Rotary Club and also served as President of the Seattle Rotary Boys Club and he helped start the Bellevue Chapter of the Boys Club. Frank married Ethel 1n 1918 and they raised 8 children. She was very active in the community, and started the Ethel L. Dupar Fragrant Garden for the Blind and Handicapped. She was an early supporter of the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and donated many hours to the Seattle Children’s Home. She donated their property at Seabeck to the Camp Fire Girls, which later was sold to the State and is now part of Scenic Beach State Park. The Camp Fire Girls designated part of Camp Sealth ‘Dupar Valley’ in honor of Ethel Dupar. CURRENT DIRECTORS

Another of SOAR’s funding-partners is THE GATES FOUNDATION



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