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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.”

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.

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Youth.Chaplaincy.Coalition

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.