Youth Chaplaincy Coalition
The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition is a group of like-minded individuals and community members who seek to provide services to youth in Detention Centers.
The mission of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition is to provide quality, innovative, and stable programming to court-involved youth.
Embracing every child as good and beautiful, we envision a world where the whole child is accepted and loved for who they are.
The mission is attained by adherence to the values of listening and loving.
You can read more about the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition and Peacemaking Coordinating Team here.
Contact our Youth Chaplaincy Coalition Director, the Rev. Terri Stewart at 425-531-1756.
Chaplains are really great listeners. Overall chaplains provide a non-anxious listening presence. We listen from a spiritual standpoint that is looking for signs of life that you may not see and we listen with an open heart that meets you on your spiritual path. We leave denominational and religious differences at the door. Chaplains are present on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
If you would like to become a Chaplain Volunteer at Echo Glen Children’s Home or King County Juvenile Detention Center, please contact Rev. Terri Stewart at 425.531.1756.
Worship services happen each Sunday in library from 7:00—9:00. It happens in shifts so not everyone goes at once. Worship features a variety of church communities that come from all over King County.
There are a variety of scripture studies that take place throughout the week.
Boys Hall #1—Tuesdays at 6:00
Boys Hall #2—Wednesdays at 6:00
Girls Hall—Fridays at 7:00
Girls Hall—Saturdays at 1:00
Every Monday and Thursday in the Library, there are between 2-4 volunteers to talk to youth about anything on their mind: current issues, long-term goals, priority setting and/or next steps. Each session lasts around 30-40 minutes. Youth meet one-on-one with a mentor and talk — this time is completely judge-free and catered to youth! Mentoring is a secular program which means it is not focused on religion or spirituality. The focus of mentoring is walking with youth on their path.
Learn how to be a mentor (MAPper) for incarcerated youth at King County Juvenile Detention Center.
My Action Plan (MAP) is intended to be a service in addition to the chaplaincy, mentorship, counseling and probationary resources currently available to the youth housed in the King County Youth Detention Center and Echo Glen Children’s Center. MAP was developed as a re-entry planning program which emphasizes autonomy, empowerment, goal setting, and safety planning through a consistent one-on-one mentorship relationship.
MAP elicits the wisdom of incarcerated youth by creating a process that allows them to access both internal and external resources and assist them in the creation of their own re-entry action plan.
Mentors will meet across a period of four months or longer to identify and discuss obstacles and solutions to re-entry. This may include discussions about emotions, patterns of behaviors, life goals, and applicable community resources.
MAPpees are eligible incarcerated youth who may benefit from additional mentoring while incarcerated. Currently there are limited resources available that connect incarcerated youth with community resources on the “outs”. MAP was created to provide consistent mentoring while youth are incarcerated in order to ease the re-entry process by helping to identify progressive changes and possible community resources.
MAP Mentors or MAPpers will work with incarcerated Mappees to develop a MAP, or “Action Plan,” that can be used as an additional resource and form of support after release. The plan will address specific needs unique to each youth and will be compiled and presented to the youth during the final meeting. This binder will include resources, action-steps, and summaries of what was discussed throughout mentorship. A “MAP” may also provide a forum through which youth can express and act upon their own wants and personal goals as they relate to community needs and productive roles in society.
- Provide long-term consistency in re-entry planning that will strengthen the Mapper’s commitment to future success, execution of goals, and safety planning.
- Take an approach of accountability and empowerment, allowing each Mapper to be responsible for reaching his or her own milestones agreed upon during the Mapping process.
- Increase self-esteem, autonomy, self-respect, and self-actualization, decrease destructive behavior patterns and recidivism, and encourage youth to make small achievements toward larger, long-term goals.
- Create a tangible “MAP” or “Action Plan” that youth can take with them upon release. Youth will have co-created this MAP with their mentors and can refer to it for resources, inspiration, or self reflection.
• Echo Glen Children’s Home
• King County Youth Detention Center
Minimum Requirements to be a Mentor
- 21 years or older
- Ability to pass a government background check
- Clear commitment to the MAP mission and goals
- Great listening and communication skills
- Ability to maintain clear professional and social boundaries
- Demonstrate accountability and integrity under all circumstances
- Commitment of 12 months
Rev. Terri Stewart
We are intimately involved in the current healing of the incarceration system through the use of Peacemaking Circles. Most would call this restorative justice, but I am reluctant to put a new label on an ancient process.
The Peacemaking Circle process comes to us through Saroeum Phoung who was taught by the Tagish and Tlingit First Nation people of the Yukon Territories.
You can learn more about the King County Peacemaking Coordinating Team at kingcountyPCT.org.
Faith Communities for Peace
Faith Communities for Peace is the new initiative in partnership with the Peacemaking Coordinating Team and Point One North Consulting. In this initiative, we introduce and guide churches through the process of supporting the Peacemaking Circle process that works with court-involved juveniles in King County.
Did you know that King County Juvenile Court is currently piloting Peacemaking Circles as an alternative and community-based way to resolve some of its juvenile felony cases? This reduces incarceration, fosters healing for both victims and offenders, and affords a profound opportunity for transformation. This is the Gospel in action and it’s unfolding right here in our own backyard. Faith communities are needed to expand our network of circle providers. Would your church like to be involved? We’ll begin by transforming ourselves using this tool.
Contact for Protestant and Interfaith Communities: Rev. Terri Stewart, (425) 531-1756 or YCC-Chaplain@
Contact for Catholic Communities: Joe Cotton, (206) 382-4847 or joe.cotton@
How You Can Help
Will you make a commitment to pray for the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition? The Advisory Board Members? The Volunteers? The Youth of Affected by incarceration? The Staff at the Detention Centers?
Would you want to volunteer at any of the detention centers? Once a year? Weekly? In a study? Life skills? Worship? Resume writing? Cooking?
Could you make a commitment to making a donation to the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition? To being an ongoing donor? Buying Bibles? Purchasing needed supplies such as socks, shampoo, and soap? Providing opportunities to youth to attend events such as sports or theaters?
Would you like to help out by providing administrative support? Finding grant opportunities? Mailing out fundraising letters? Finding speaking opportunities?
Please contact Rev. Terri Stewart if you are interested.