Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Yvette Dear
2016 Unsung Hero Yvette Dear
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com. Nominations are accepted from around the state and and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
February 2 2016
Unsung Hero: Yvette Dear, Bremerton
Nominator: Tiffany Stutesman
I first met Yvette when I was facilitating a Family Readiness Group meeting as president of the USS Pennsylvania Blue Family Readiness Group (FRG), when her husband had just transferred from a different boat (submarine) to the Penn. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a command-supported organization whose sole purpose is to provide emotional support during the Sailor's time in the command. While the opportunity to join is available to every family member, a majority of members choose to opt out.
FRGs organize social events such as dinners, play dates, books clubs, and game nights with the objective of providing a network of support to one another when Sailors are away, and even when they're in port. Yvette later shared that she became an active member to stave off boredom during patrol, and to meet new people for added support.
Yvette is an incredible individual. She is a statistical anomaly in that the acute trauma she experienced as a child should have solidified her position on a disastrous trajectory. With an ACE score (Adverse Childhood Experience) of 9, the fact that she is a college graduate with stable job, successful marriage, and 2 happy and healthy daughters is a testament to her incredible resilience.
Additionally, Yvette is using her degree in Sociology to impact children and families in her community. She worked with foster children in a previous capacity, and she is currently providing consultation to child care providers to assist them in meeting their quality improvement goals.
While Yvette grew up in an environment where physical punishment was regularly and consistently employed as a means of controlling behavior, through her study of human development and psychology, she has gained an appreciation of age-appropriate expectations. I have also witnessed her applying the tools and skills she learned from facilitating "The Incredible Years" parenting courses through her job working with children and families in foster care. She is extremely adept at guiding their behavior as opposed to using threats and punishment.
Understandably being a military spouse presents a multitude of challenges, but Yvette has exhibited tremendous resilience and strength to overcome the plethora of obstacles she faces. It is my belief that you will encounter very few people in this world with the capacity and strength to overcome and succeed in such a laudable and impressive manner. That is why I believe Yvette is an Unsung Hero and deserves recognition for her extraordinary accomplishment in the face of adversity.
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