Youth Chaplaincy Program Summary

Our Programs

Chaplaincy

Chaplains are really great listeners. Overall chaplains provide a non-anxious listening presence. We listen from a spiritual standpoint that is looking for signs of life that you may not see and we listen with an open heart that meets you on your spiritual path.  We leave denominational and religious differences at the door. Chaplains are present on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Mentoring

Every Monday and Thursday in the Library, there are between 2-4 volunteers to talk to youth about anything on their mind: current issues, long-term goals, priority setting and/or next steps. Each session lasts around 30-40 minutes. Youth meet one-on-one with a mentor and talk — this time is completely judge-free and catered to youth! Mentoring is a secular program which means it is not focused on religion or spirituality. The focus of mentoring is walking with youth on their path.

Worship

Worship services happen each Sunday in library from 7:00—9:00. It happens in shifts so not everyone goes at once. Worship features a variety of church communities that come from all over King County.

REST Retreats

REST Retreats happen every other month on a Saturday and Sunday. REST stands for Real Escape from Sex Trafficking. The retreats are focused on recognizing trafficking when you see it, empowering youth to help others escape sex trafficking, and in learning about gender equity. We use the CAASE curriculum that is also used by Seattle Against Slavery (SAS)

SoulCollage Retreats

SoulCollage is an art process to explore the many parts of who we are. Do you have an inner prankster? Make a collage in honor of the prankster! An inner teacher? Honor the teacher! Perhaps you’d like to honor a person who is special to you—an auntie or hero. SoulCollage lets youth create and explore the many parts of them.

Scripture Study

There are a variety of scripture studies that take place throughout the week.

Boys Hall #1—Tuesdays at 6:00

Boys Hall #2—Wednesdays at 6:00

Girls Hall—Fridays at 7:00

Girls Hall—Saturdays at 1:00

Peacemaking Circles

We are intimately involved in the current healing of the incarceration system through the use of Peacemaking Circles. Most would call this restorative justice, but I am reluctant to put a new label on an ancient process.

The Peacemaking Circle process comes to us through Saroeum Phoung who was taught by the Tagish and Tlingit First Nation people of the Yukon Territories.

You can learn more about the King County Peacemaking Coordinating Team at kingcountyPCT.org.

How Can You Help?

Spiritual support.

Will you make a commitment to pray for the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition?  The Advisory Board Members?  The Volunteers?  The Youth of Affected by incarceration?  The Staff at the Detention Centers?

Would you want to volunteer at any of the detention centers?  Once a year?  Weekly? In a study? Life skills? Worship? Resume writing? Cooking?

Financial support.

Could you make a commitment to making a donation to the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition? To being an ongoing donor?  Buying Bibles?  Purchasing needed supplies such as socks, shampoo, and soap?  Providing opportunities to youth to attend events such as sports or theaters?

Administrative support.

Would you like to help out by providing administrative support?  Finding grant opportunities?  Mailing out fundraising letters? Finding speaking opportunities?

Please contact Rev. Terri Stewart if you are interested.

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Peacemaking Circle: Final Sentencing

The Peacemaking Coordinating Team and PointOneNorth Consulting LLC cordially invites you to:

PEACEMAKING CIRCLE CASE FINAL SENTENCING

FRIDAY, JULY 7

4-5PM

King County Juvenile Court, Lobby 1211 East Alder Seattle, WA 98122

Please join us and bear witness to our second case using the Peacemaking Circle Process as an alternative to the traditional punitive sentencing process.

This is the result of collaboration and partnership between families, communities, and the Justice system to address harm, heal, promote accountability, and build community. For more information please contact members of the Peacemaking Coordinating Team of King County at PCTteam@kingcountyPCT.org

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Bystander Training 

At Bystander Training, we discuss and learn:

  • Peacemaking process 
  • A shallow dive into intercultural development
  • Why people don’t intervene
  • Deescalation techniques
  • Witness guidelines 
  • Practice! (Bystander scenarios)
  • Honest conversation 

This is typically done in a four hour workshop that creates safe space and a healthy place to explore weighty issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. 

Contact Rev. Terri Stewart, 425.531.1756 or YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org 


Honorarium and travel costs, please.

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Trauma and Youth

Some wise words from Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on trauma.

“Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.” (From TED talk page)

There is a measurement for childhood trauma: the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences). ACE measures the quantity of traumatic experiences of youth. A Florida study found that 50% of incarcerated youth have ACE scores of 4 events (or more). The general population is about 13%.

This means two things:

  • We must have trauma informed teaching with our vulnerable youth populations (ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities)
  • We must have trauma informed practices and buildings when we work with youth who have committed crimes

It is true, what we have been saying. These are not kids with a crime problem. They are kids with a trauma problem.