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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.

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Impact of Chaplain Programs on Discipline

The state of Florida did a study on the impact of participation in chaplain’s programs on discipline for those who are incarcerated.  The news is AMAZING!!  (DRs are Disciplinary Reports).  For the complete report, go here.

July Chapel Attendance Total Inmates Received DR DR%
0 times 21,363 2,001 9.4%
1-3 times 4,437 324 7.3%
4-9 times 2,004 119 5.9%
10+ times 937 37 3.9%
Statewide Average 72,075 5,083 7.1%

 

Marshgate Prison Chapel
Marshgate Prison Chapel


The Kid’s Closet Needs You!

Kid's Closet
Kid's Closet

The King County Youth Detention Center has a ‘Kid’s Closet’ to help those youth that are leaving the center and going on to homes that cannot supply them with basic needs.

From their website:

“Kids Closet is a clothing bank for youth and families who are involved with the juvenile justice system.  Kids Closet accepts donations of new and slightly used clothing, shoes, sports equipment, toiletries, and other essential items and makes them available at no cost to Juvenile Court clients and their families.

If you are interested in making a donation, please call (206) 205-9621 or email kidcloset@kingcounty.gov.  Items can be donated Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.  Special arrangements also can be made if you need pick-up service.  Donations are tax deductible.  Please make sure used items have been laundered or cleaned before drop-off, as Kids Closet has limited facilities.  We appreciate your generosity and support!

You can find them here:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/JuvenileCourt/kidscloset.aspx