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I am a monk disguised as a passionate prophet. My true loves are God, family, and the creative arts. And maybe just a little bit of politics too. (PS My photo is by Eric Lyons Photography).

Training for Mentoring Incarcerated Youth

Rev. Terri Stewart of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition is bringing two trainings in April and May. She will be teaching how to be effective mentors that teach youth how to create action plans that lead to transformed lives on April 24 and will be bringing continuing education to current mentors on May 8. The training is free if you commit to working with incarcerated youth!

What a way to live into the promise of Resurrection! Resurrecting and reforming the lives of youth. We can become a new creation!

Rev. Stewart is also available for pulpit supply where she speaks of our commitment to ministering to the incarcerated through transformative listening and to interrupting racism through practices of peaceful non-violence.

MAP Mentor Training: Beginning the Conversation

April 24, 2018
5:30-8:30
The Norton Building
Register at: https://mentor-training.eventbrite.com

Learn how to be a mentor (MAPper) for incarcerated youth at King County Juvenile Detention Center.

Please make a donation to cover the cost of goods received.

MAP is a program designed to assist youth with creating transition programs so they can have a more successful go of it when they return to their home. It is created to take youth deeper over time resulting in a concrete action plan and community contacts.

What is MAP?

MAP is a mentorship program different from chaplaincy, probation counseling, or other mentorship programs for incarcerated youth. MAP was developed as a re-entry planning program which emphasizes autonomy, empowerment, and goal setting through a one-on-one mentorship relationship.

Mission

MAP elicits the wisdom of incarcerated youth by creating a process that allows them to access internal and external resources to assist them in the creation of their own re-entry action plan.

Goals

  • Provide drop-in coaching or mentoring to strengthen youth for the journey -or-
  • Provide consistent mentorship for four months or longer in order to strengthen confidence and commitment to future success upon release.
  • Through the setting of short-term goals or milestones, youth will be able to make minor achievements toward larger, long-term goals, potentially preventing recidivism.
  • Identify resources in the community that align with the self identified areas of concern that youth have identified through the MAP mentorship process.

Minimum Requirements to be a Mentor

  • 21 years or older
  • Ability to pass a government background check
  • Clear commitment to the MAP mission and goals
  • Great listening and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain clear professional and social boundaries
  • Demonstrate accountability and integrity under all circumstances
  • Commitment of 12 months

MAP Mentoring: Continuing the Conversation

May 8, 2018
6:00-8:00
The Norton Building
Registration at: https://mapcontinuinged.eventbrite.com

This is our first gathering of MAP Mentors and Coaches who work with youth at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. We will be gathering to:

-Learn about each other
-Learn about recent changes at King County Youth Service Center
-Learn about the program, and to
-Learn about how to do better

 

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Best Starts for Kids Program: In the Eyes of an Intern

I asked my intern, Londyn, to reflect on King County’s Best Starts for Kids program. Below is her reflection. Please note that she used information available at their website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/initiatives/best-starts-for-kids.aspx .

 

“I found it absolutely incredible that Best Starts for Kids is not only leading the nation in this approach but also the annual dollar amount invested by them into King County families. This is so encouraging to know. I’ve always been taught that your check book is a reflection of your priority’s, and clearly this expresses how much KC values not only their community but the young as well.

This reminded me of what scripture says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV). I admire their tactics, such as, investing early, maintaining the growth, valuing community and focusing on the results and data.

Although, these all go much deeper, they did a wonderful job of making their mission clear and their strategies evident. Boasting low juvenile detention numbers consistently compared to the demographic average. Through the use of alternative programs, equality of races and the reform of the juvenile justice system and practices they’re striving to eradicate disproportionalities of race within the system. Some alternatives mentioned on their site included, family intervention & restorative justice, creative justice, 180 programs, restorative mediation, step-up program and drug court.”

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

PDF Flyer: 2017 07 07 Final Sentencing

2017 07 07 Final Sentencing

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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