CONTENT EDITOR
FUNDRAISING TEAM
EVENT COORDINATOR
YOUTH IN CARE LAUNCHPAD
2017 & BEYOND
ABOUT YOUTH IN CARE LAUNCHPAD
Youth In Care Launchpad was founded in 2013.  The first three years were used cultivating relationships with leaders of the foster care
community in Washington state and nationally.  After three years of assessing how
Youth In Care Launchpad may best support foster
families, we have a clear vision of our role.  In 2017, we will be adding key leadership positions, board members and mentors to the
Youth In Care Launchpad team.
YOUTH IN CARE LAUNCHPAD
BOARD MEMBERS
YOUTH IN CARE LAUNCHPAD - SEATTLE
Dashawn earned his Bachelor's of Science degree from the
University of Washington.  His experience working with
administrators, foster parents, case-workers, foster care
alumni, and children in care, is the foundation for the
Youth
In Care Launchpad
Adding Value mentoring program.  He
is the author of the book,
And Some RISE Above It
(
www.andsomeriseaboveit.com) and has keynoted over 30
events around the country, speaking about adding value
and meaning to the experience of children growing up in
foster care.  
DASHAWNPATRICK
DIRECTOR OF ADDING VALUE MENTORING PROGRAM
My name is Dashawn Patrick, founder of Youth In Care Launchpad. I am honored to share our vision for adding value and meaning to
the lives of children growing up in foster care.  For most of my adult life, I have advocated for enhancing the experience for children in
foster care.  Most importantly, it is vital children in foster care firmly grasp that their beginning does not define their destiny.  I thought
of the name
Youth In Care Launchpad after watching a NASA space-shuttle launching. Before the rocket launched, there were two
basic responsibilities of the launching team: 1) Assure there were no objects in the sky preventing a successful take-off.  2) That there
was enough fuel for the rocket to reach its destination.  That is no different than the needs of children growing up in foster care.  When
we remove barriers preventing them from connecting to life-changing experiences and add value to their lives through positive
mentors, we give them a foundation to launch.  Through our
Adding Value mentoring program and our Removing Barriers
equipment program, we aim to expose children to people and experiences that will shift the perspective to what they believe is
achievable.
YOUTH IN CARE LAUNCHPAD TEAM
MENTORSHIP TEAM
Pro Athletes (current and former), Professional and College Coaches, Business Owners, Executives, Teachers, Alumni of Care, etc...
SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM
EQUIPMENT DRIVE TEAM
WHEN DID YOUTH IN CARE LAUNCHPAD BEGIN?