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.
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 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 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 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.
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
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?
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?
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?
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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