CCYJ News & Events
Registration for CCYJ’s Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award Breakfast on March 15, 2017 is now open! Reserve your seat here!
On June 14th, CCYJ, Highline Public Schools, Highline College, and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are holding a community conversation to promote healing and proactive dialogue after recent incidents of youth violence in South King County. This conversation is for the community members, youth and providers who have been affected to share possible solutions for supporting youth and preventing future violence.
Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), CCYJ’s Founding President/CEO, will offer opening remarks. SKCCCG Project Manager Anica Stieve will be facilitating a panel discussion exploring ways to address the underlying issues contributing to youth violence, featuring the perspectives of youth, youth advocates and school resource officers. Event details available here.
CCYJ Founding President/CEO Justice Bobbe J. Bridge and eQuality Project Manager Nicholas Oakley speak about LGBTQ youth experience in this video from the annual gala of QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washington. Justice Bridge gave the keynote speech at the event.
CCYJ’s eQuality Project kicked off a series of regional summits across Washington, bringing together community stakeholders to collaboratively shape our new protocol for supporting LGBTQ system youth. The Protocol for Safe and Affirming Care (PSAC) will guide youth-serving professionals in the juvenile justice and foster care systems to better identity, engage, and serve LGBTQ youth while collecting meaningful data on their needs, experiences, and outcomes.
At this first of three PSAC summits held in Shoreline, we convened professionals from the juvenile justice, child welfare, and education systems, as well as from youth LGBTQ advocacy organizations from King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. Together, we listened to their voices as we began designing the core components of the PSAC.
CCYJ is excited to share an article in Seattle Children’s Connection Magazine featuring the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP), co-founded by our 2016 Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Honoree Dr. Ben Danielson! CCYJ’s new Family Advocacy Center (FAC) is based on the same partnership model as the MLP, where an attorney – in partnership with a social worker and family advocate – seeks legal solutions to prevent unnecessary or prolonged foster care placements for children. Like MLP, CCYJ partners with the Northwest Justice Project.
CCYJ founding and current board member Judge Anne Levinson (ret.) co-chairs Governor Inslee’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families. Judge Levinson (ret.) is recognized in the Governor’s announcement for her “two decades of public service included extensive work on system reform issues to improve effectiveness of government services” and for her involvement in CCYJ and our leadership of systems reform in the state of Washington. We are so proud to have Anne’s leadership and support for our work.