New Youth Development Initiative to provide mentoring, leadership opportunities

Best Starts for Kids has launched new investments that will provide young people with the opportunities and tools they need to weather challenges during adolescence and be ready to flourish as adults. The Youth Development Initiative – a partnership between King County and 32 nonprofit organizations – will provide leadership opportunities, mentoring, and other services…

Job fair connects White Center teens with employers

The fourth annual Peace ‘N’ the Hood Basketball Tournament at Steve Cox Memorial Park underwent a shakeup with a new component added to benefit teens in White Center: a job fair tailored for teens ages 16-24. The 30 employers and resource groups at the job fair included the Pacific Science Center, Starbucks, Walgreens, King County…

Rhonda Berry to lead King County’s zero youth detention efforts

King County Executive Dow Constantine In my State of the County address in March, I announced the creation of a Road Map to Community Safety and Effective Alternatives to Detention with the goal of creating a community where detention for young people is no longer needed. I have now entrusted this effort to Deputy Executive Rhonda…

Executive unveils stronger community-centered response for youth and families in crisis

Following through on his promise to push forward the best ideas in juvenile justice reform, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a plan to divert more young people from detention by providing 24/7 community-based services and short-term emergency housing for at risk youth and those involved in the justice system.

This Saturday: Join community conversation on juvenile justice reform

On Saturday, Jan. 14, join United Way, King County and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) in a community conversation focused on restorative justice and alternatives to traditional juvenile justice system practices. What: We Have a Dream: Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth through Storytelling When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 – 4 p.m. Where: Youngstown Cultural…