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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.

Groundbreaking and Celebration!

Mentors in Mission Logo                         Join us!

Community Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony
Saturday, March 29th 9:00 am-3pm


Rainier Beach United Methodist Church
5500 South Roxbury Street

Come plant seeds to support our youth. 

RSVP on Facebook

The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition is a group of like- minded individuals and churches that seek to provide services, in a faith-based context, to youth affected by incarceration.  We are launching our new Mentors in Mission program  in partnership with Rainier Beach UMC which is designed to bring local mentors together with youth around gardening and mentoring.

Celebrate! Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award!


I am very excited to let you know that the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s 2012 Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award winners are:

The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, headed by Terri Stewart

The Coalition lives and breathes a truly ecumenical spirit in walking with young people in the Youth Detention Center and Echo Glen.  Involving ministers and lay people from diverse Christian backgrounds and various faith traditions, the ministry is being taken in new directions to support youth coming out of incarceration and to provide a base of pastoral care for young people in the community.

Sr. Julie Codd, CSJP

Sr. Julie was a catalyst in the evolution of the Chief Seattle Club and has maintained an active and vibrant ministry with Native American communities before, during and since her time as Director of the center.  Her urban ministry reflects the deep spirituality and cultural respect that has transformed lives and relationships in a city so hungry for authentic encounter.

In the spirit of the Rev. Gertrude Apel, both the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition and Sr. Julie Codd, CSJP, have the “talent for fostering cooperation and getting things done.”  The Church Council of Greater Seattle is proud to celebrate these witnesses to the Gospel of Christ who model faith-filled compassion and justice.

Please join in a simple, festive celebration for these Pioneers:

Sunday, November 18
3 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA

Thank you for sharing this invitation with your friends, communities and congregations.

I invite your RSVP to Ann Erickson at aerickson@thechurchcouncil.org.   For further information or questions, feel free to contact me at mramos@thechurchcouncil.org or 206.525.1213 x3911.

Blessings on your ministries and your commitment to creating a more just world.


Michael Ramos
Executive Director
Church Council of Greater Seattle