NEW IMPLEMENTATION DASHBOARD TO TRACK PROGRESS TOWARD ZERO YOUTH DETENTION

This month, we launched the Zero Youth Detention Implementation Dashboard, where we’re tracking strategies, projects and actions King County and its partners are working on to get us closer to Zero Youth Detention. This Implementation Dashboard is a companion site to the Zero Youth Detention Data Dashboard we launched last year to track overall dataContinue reading NEW IMPLEMENTATION DASHBOARD TO TRACK PROGRESS TOWARD ZERO YOUTH DETENTION

How it works: Step-Up and Family Intervention & Restorative Services (FIRS) programs for youth arrested for family violence

Step-Up and Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) – youth violence interventions from King County Superior Court – are a great example of the Zero Youth Detention objectives in practice. These programs prevent youth from entering the legal system by providing services before a family has legal system involvement; divert youth who’ve been arrested forContinue reading How it works: Step-Up and Family Intervention & Restorative Services (FIRS) programs for youth arrested for family violence

Announcing new Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline awards

Our partners at King County’s Best Starts for Kids are doing great work that supports Zero Youth Detention goals to prevent youth involvement with the legal system and create a society where all kids thrive. Read on to learn about their announcement today of new awards for community partners. You can learn more about BestContinue reading Announcing new Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline awards

Policy updates from state legislative session

In February, we wrote about the 2019 Washington State legislative session bills that King County staff and partners were supporting as a part of Zero Youth Detention. One of the Road Map’s primary objectives is to align and optimize connections between systems, and this includes pushing for policy reform that improves the lives of youthContinue reading Policy updates from state legislative session

Culturally responsive care for LGBTQ+ youth

The King County Superior Court blog recently highlighted the eQuality Project. Run by the Center for Children & Youth Justice, eQuality has been helping King County Juvenile Court Services better connect court-involved LGBTQ+ youth with trauma-informed, culturally responsive support services. These efforts support our primary objective in the Road Map: to lead with equity. We’reContinue reading Culturally responsive care for LGBTQ+ youth

Youth engagement program provides resources and voice to Latinx students

One of our Zero Youth Detention objectives is to focus upstream to enhance positive supports to young people to prevent youth from entering the juvenile legal system. The Latinx Youth Engagement Project, run by the Department of Community and Human Services’ (DCHS) Children and Youth Services Division, is a great example of positive community developmentContinue reading Youth engagement program provides resources and voice to Latinx students

Derrick Wheeler-Smith to serve as Project Director of Zero Youth Detention

Public Health – Seattle & King County is honored to announce that Derrick Wheeler-Smith will lead the County’s ongoing work to achieve Zero Youth Detention. Wheeler-Smith was born and raised in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. He’s dedicated his career to youth development in underserved communities, and has a track record of convening stakeholders to improve racialContinue reading Derrick Wheeler-Smith to serve as Project Director of Zero Youth Detention

New data available on Zero Youth Detention Data Dashboard

We’ve added new data to the Zero Youth Detention Data Dashboard, which we launched last year to share regular data updates about the juvenile legal system in King County. In keeping with our guiding principle of transparency and accountability, this dashboard is a method for us to share progress on efforts to achieve the goalContinue reading New data available on Zero Youth Detention Data Dashboard

Supporting Policy that Supports Zero Youth Detention

Zero Youth Detention supports policy reform that improves the lives of youth, children, and families and reduces legal system involvement. Policy reform falls under the Road Map’s 5th objective to align and optimize connections between systems to increase effectiveness. Right now, this means that King County staff are educating and testifying in collaboration with partners to support a number of bills being considered during the current state legislature session. Learn more…Continue reading Supporting Policy that Supports Zero Youth Detention