WE ARE a partnership of churches, organizations, and individuals who provide Christian chaplaincy, post-release care and mentoring for youth incarcerated in King County, Washington. We work with youth in the Juvenile Detention Center and those who have been sent to treatment centers, group homes and state facilities like Echo Glen, Naselle and Green Hill.
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After a sharp increase in youth violence in our community in 2008, local Christian leaders in and around South Seattle gathered to pray and discern steps of action. This group felt a definite sense of urgency as too many of our young people were dying. Soon after, the organization who had been providing chaplaincy services in the youth detention center, decided to withdraw their direct services and approached our group of leaders to see if there could be some type of hand off.
In 2009, King County Youth Chaplaincy (KCYC) began our mission to reach youth who have been incarcerated with the love of Christ. Ministry leaders gathered to support KCYC's vision with a governing board. KCYC also became a "strategic initiative" of Urban Impact (a community development organization with the similar focus on youth development and breaking cycles of poverty in the Seattle area). With much community support, teams of believers went into the youth detention center with a simple message of forgiveness and hope.
King County Youth Chaplaincy is a strategic initiative of Urban Impact. Click Here to learn more about Urban Impact
Since 2009, KCYC has been ministering in the King County Juvenile Detention Center through chapel services, one-on-one chaplaincy with youth in the center and supporting the young people through their journey in the justice process. We have grown from a single half-time staff position split between three people to now having nearly two full-time staff.
As our work in juvy has continued, we have learned that the scope of need for chaplaincy reaches far beyond juvy. So we have extended our mission to the long-term state youth facilities, group homes and treatment centers where some of our youth are sent. We are also continuing to grow into the post-release portion of the mission by extending our network of ministries, church partners and social service partners to continue to support our youth in their walk of faith and journey toward lasting success.