Community Support Project

On July 9th, Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) published a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide community-based support for King County youth on Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) and their families.

Safe Futures and Urban League are the two organizations selected. These organizations will work in partnership with Public Health, Seattle and King County (PHSKC) – Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) and our King County legal system partners. Each organization will be offered $420,000 between 2021 and 2023.

The intended outcome of this project is for youth and family members or guardians to benefit from interventions that are therapeutic, restorative, strengths-based, racially and ethnically affirming, and founded on culturally appropriate practices that emphasize healing. There is a particular focus on leading with racial equity, meeting specific needs, and prioritizing gaps to serve the demographics most frequently and historically represented.

This two-year project offers community organizations the opportunities to showcase their ability to build community and nurture the inherent strengths of the youth and families.

The decision to fund these two community-based organizations was reached after a panel of community members and system partners made the recommendation to PHSKC Director, Patty Hayes, and ZYD Director, Derrick Wheeler-Smith. Additional participants in the selection process included members from communities most impacted by EHM, and King County representatives.

The awarded organizations were selected for demonstrating their apt ability to meet the needs of the youth on EHM and their families. They also articulated a solid understanding of the impact racism has on the juvenile legal system. The organizations have built strong relationships with other community organizations that will be beneficial to youth and families.

An independent evaluation firm will be identified in November of 2020. The firm will create a systems evaluation plan with the partnering organizations. The plan will produce data that examines practices resulting in racial disparities within EHM.

For more information about ZYD, please visit our website: https://zeroyouthdetention.com/.