youbeyou UPDATE!

Dear youbeyou family,

Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays! 

I hope that you find yourself warm and with loved ones this holiday season. Here at youbeyou we are thankful for our growing community of supporters like you and for this movement encouraging kids to be their authentic selves. We are a force for good in this world, so thank you! Take a look at a few highlights from our fun, busy year:

We launched youbeyou with a celebratory party on Whidbey Island, bringing together our community to celebrate children being their authentic selves. It was a fun, positive, music and kid-filled celebration.  

kind ties are spreading across the region, country, and the world.  And now we have an exciting partnership with our amazing local bookstore, Mercer Island’s local treasure, Island Books – who is now selling kind ties off their shelves.  Could this be… the perfect stocking stuffer

In other big news,  youbeyou’s first super-cute promotional video was made by our breathtakingly talented friend Aaron Rhodes – check it out!

The spirit and values of youbeyou will be represented in our local school district! This fall I was invited to the Superintendent Equity Advisory Council (SEAC), a brand new committee that Superintendent Donna Colicky created to support inclusion and equity for students in our district – this is an amazing idea that should inspire school districts across the county.  I have visited many elementary classrooms in the district sharing kind ties and talking with school students about the youbeyou values of kindnessacceptance, and inclusion.

We continue to receive letters, emails, photos and stories from the youbeyoucommunity – thank you for being a part of the conversation!  

We cherish our relationship with you. Be kind, be true, and continue supporting children being their authentic selves. Thank you!



Carmela Wood

On behalf of youbeyou

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