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 Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 98106
Details: Snacks will be provided, and the event is open to the general public
King County, United Way and DNDA will lead discussions about restorative and alternative justice practices to raise awareness about racial inequity present in the conventional juvenile justice system. This event will activate volunteers as partners to engage in storytelling, peacemaking circles, help foster emotional connections, and brainstorm realistic strategies for change.
In King County, youth of color are being disproportionately referred to the juvenile justice system at a rate higher than their white peers. This disparity directly correlates to the deprivation of opportunities for youth of color and to socioeconomic inequality between whites and minorities.
King County has stepped up its juvenile justice reform and racial equity efforts as it implements programs including Peacemaking sentencing circles, Creative Justice, and Family Intervention and Restorative Services, which provides a reception center for youth to “cool-off” and receive support as opposed to entering the system for charges related to family violence. Even with the current strategies for impact, disparity is still present.
Judge Wesley Saint Clair – Chief Juvenile Court Judge, King County Superior Court
Saroeum Phoung – Peacemaking Circle Facilitator, CEO and Founder of PointOneNorth Consulting LLC
Marcus Stubblefield – Systems Integration Coordinator, Office of King County Executive
Jason Clark – Equity and Justice Advocate, King County Superior Court