MAP: My Action Plan
MAP is intended to be a service in addition to the chaplaincy, mentorship, counseling and probationary resources currently available to the youth housed in the King County Youth Detention Center and Echo Glen Children’s Center. MAP was developed as a re-entry planning program which emphasizes autonomy, empowerment, goal setting, and safety planning through a consistent one-on-one mentorship relationship.
MAP elicits the wisdom of incarcerated youth by creating a process that allows them to access both internal and external resources and assist them in the creation of their own re-entry action plan.
Mentors will meet across a period of four months or longer to identify and discuss obstacles and solutions to re-entry. This may include discussions about emotions, patterns of behaviors, life goals, and applicable community resources.
MAPpees are eligible incarcerated youth who may benefit from additional mentoring while incarcerated. Currently there are limited resources available that connect incarcerated youth with community resources on the “outs”. MAP was created to provide consistent mentoring while youth are incarcerated in order to ease the re-entry process by helping to identify progressive changes and possible community resources.
MAP Mentors or MAPpers will work with incarcerated Mappees to develop a MAP, or “Action Plan,” that can be used as an additional resource and form of support after release. The plan will address specific needs unique to each youth and will be compiled and presented to the youth during the final meeting. This binder will include resources, action-steps, and summaries of what was discussed throughout mentorship. A “MAP” may also provide a forum through which youth can express and act upon their own wants and personal goals as they relate to community needs and productive roles in society.
- Provide long-term consistency in re-entry planning that will strengthen the Mapper’s commitment to future success, execution of goals, and safety planning.
- Take an approach of accountability and empowerment, allowing each Mapper to be responsible for reaching his or her own milestones agreed upon during the Mapping process.
- Increase self-esteem, autonomy, self-respect, and self-actualization, decrease destructive behavior patterns and recidivism, and encourage youth to make small achievements toward larger, long-term goals.
- Create a tangible “MAP” or “Action Plan” that youth can take with them upon release. Youth will have co-created this MAP with their mentors and can refer to it for resources, inspiration, or self reflection.
• Echo Glen Children’s Home
• King County Youth Detention Center
Rev. Terri Stewart