CCYJ established the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award in 2008 to honor the memory and inspiration of CCYJ co-founder and former King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, after his passing in 2007. Norm was a highly respected and unflagging advocate for children and youth. The Advocate for Youth Award recognizes those who, like Norm, show exemplary leadership, dedication, advocacy for, and commitment to the youth and families of Washington who become involved in our juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems are some of our most vulnerable and forgotten children—and the change they so desperately need doesn’t happen overnight or on the front page. It’s the result of years of hard work and unwavering dedication. It’s important to celebrate the achievements and the heroes—those who never stop striving to create better futures for all kids. Those we honor with the Advocate for Youth Award each year excel in their leadership, their dedication, and their advocacy because they are backed by a community who cares.
2019 Award Recipient
Gordon McHenry Jr, Chair of the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice