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Human Relations Day Grant Awarded to Pacific Northwest Conference Agency

A grant to fund MAP: My Action Planning for Incarcerated Youth has been awarded to Rev. Terri Stewart and the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition by the General Board of Church and Society. The Coalition, which is a task force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, works with incarcerated youth in King County and Washington State detention facilities. With the MAP program, Rev. Stewart envisions training volunteers to mentor youth so that they transition out of detention with the skills and confidence they need to stay out and build productive lives.

MAPs allow youth and a trained mentor to come together and see where the youth has come from, who they are now, and who they want to be. Pictured is an exercise that shows an actual map of important life events illustrating who a youth was. We train mentors to be mirrors for the youth so they can see the absolute sacred worth that they have as children of God. Mentors also reflect and identify gifts and talents for youth who are often labeled worthless. These youth are not their crime.

Our goal is to recruit 30 new mentors and to create a solid 12 hour program that can be taught in a retreat format or in one-on-one mentoring. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Rev. Stewart at 425.531.1756 or YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org.

The grant allows for the time, travel, and recruiting efforts of new volunteers. The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition still needs additional funding in order to pay for the supplies that mentors and youth will use. We plan on mentoring 120 youth this year. That is a supply cost of about $25 per youth. If you feel like sponsoring a youth, please contact Rev. Stewart at 425.531.1756 or YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org or mail a donation to the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, PO Box 18467, Seattle, WA 98118.

The materials and experience resulting from this pilot program can be used in other facilities across the US. Funds for Human Relations Day Grants come from the United Methodist Special Sunday offering received on Human Relations Day in January.

Supporting the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition

ImageThe Mentors in Mission program is in need of financial support. We have started an indiegogo campaign to raise funds (see below). You can donate here:  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mentors-in-mission/x/7440980

We are planning (actually have already implemented some) the following:

$4,200 for Program Support for 12 months

  • monthly support of the program
  • clearing background checks of mentors
  • recruiting mentors and youth

$4,500 for Stipend for Youth for 12 months

  • Teaching a new economic model
  • $75 per month for youth, $900 per year, per youth enrolled
  • Capacity: five youth in this model

$500 for Program Supplies for the Garden and for Games (Chess Supplies)

Snippets from Detention

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
~John 1:5

…tortured…
…raped…
…thrown out…
…beaten…
…sold…
…discarded…
…ignored…
…forgotten…
…lost…

…i pray for my father’s death…
…i wanted to be president…
…i miss my children…
…i don’t need anybody…
…i have to be wanted…
…i wonder where god is…

…sold…
…tortured…
…beaten…
…crucified…
…lost…

…resurrected…

Child Slavery is Bigger then Ever

York-led study finds homeless youth more vulnerable to crime

York-led study finds homeless youth more vulnerable to crime