Image by youth artist Kasama Smith: Illustrated letters with mountains, ocean, flowers and a tree against an orange background spell the word HOPE.

Looking Ahead

Heading into the new year we offer an image of hope created by youth artist Kasama Smith. Thank you, Kasama, for sharing your inspiring vision and art with us!

TeamChild Managing Attorney, Dan, is wearing a suit and tie and smiles into the camera.

Justice is Joyful when we Elevate Community

As I reflect on these years that make up a large and meaningful chapter of my life, I am full of gratitude for the community that has formed around me. My community is those clients, all of whom are full of potential and who are ready to be a part of this ever slowly bending arc toward justice.

Green Hill School is pictured with a concrete sculpture of a face in front of it. There is a yellow fire hydrant and a tree to the left. Black text in a green text box reads: Law Library Update, Green Hill School. TeamChild logo appears in lower right corner.

TeamChild Partners with Green Hill School to Begin Law Library for Youth

TeamChild set out to build power and knowledge amongst incarcerated youth by working in partnership with young people at Green Hill School, to plan, develop, and begin building a law library at the Juvenile Rehabilitation facility.

White text in a red thought bubble reads: "Court Costs Are Holding Me Back" - Debt Free Youth Justcie WA

Debt Free Youth Justice

TeamChild has been working for over a decade with individual clients, and with systems as a whole, to eliminate the harms the juvenile legal system creates for young people, their families, and communities. Much of this work has focused on post-conviction relief, which means helping a young person who has been through the legal system reconnect to a productive, inclusive, and supportive environment after that contact with court and incarceration.

Gratitude – In Community

At TeamChild, we are working to find new and creative ways to support each other across our statewide offices – and while I say “new,” in fact one of the most meaningful strategies is the most enduring one. It’s about making space for relationships and our own humanity.

3 young people sit in a classroom listening to someone speaking. White text reads: Youth Matters. Logo for Glover Empower Mentoring appears in upper left corner.

Electing Prosecuting Attorneys: Why You(th) Matter(s)

There are two significant prosecuting attorney races happening in Washington state this November 8th, one in King County and one in Spokane County. For many voters, and especially young people, it may be difficult to meaningfully participate in this election because it’s hard to understand what the job of a prosecutor is all about.

An adult and a young person look at a book together at a desk. They are smiling and another student sits behind them in the classroom.

Back To School – Youth Education Law Collaborative

TeamChild has been working very hard on creating a new Youth Education Law Collaborative (YELC). TeamChild, along with Northwest Justice Project, Washington Autism Alliance, Kids in Need of Defense, Disability Rights Washington, and Seattle University School of Law will provide accessible legal information and education advocacy to students impacted by COVID-19.

3 photos show a youth prison with yellow caution tape in front, a school building with yellow sign that says Safe Space, and a young person in silhouette at a desk. The TeamChild logo appears at the bottom next to the word POLICY spelled out on scrabble tiles.

Policy Goals and Priorities

We hope to make an impact for youth in education, stable and safe housing, removing post-conviction burdens and barriers, and reducing the use of incarceration to respond to the needs of young people.

A young person is pictured looking out a window up towards the sky. Text above in blue reads 988. White text reads: 24/7 Crisis & Support. Know Your Rights - New Laws and Resources

Know Your Rights – New Laws

In our July blog, we want to highlight a few of the new laws, that are now in effect, that impact our clients and communities and help everyone prepare for the changes.

Image by young artist and TeamChild supporter R Lesli - a person in profile with their dark hair pulled back in braids and wearing a large gold hoop earring. There are rainbow colors in between the braids.

The Urgency of Inclusive Pride

This June, as Pride Month commemorates the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, advocates again face a critical moment in the development of an equitable, safe, and more-inclusive society.

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