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We envision a world where all young people have power and experience unconditional belonging at school, at home, and in their communities.
TeamChild believes that young people will thrive when they are surrounded by people who care about them and can access resources that support them. We fight for effective solutions – community-driven strategies that nurture and develop the health and wellbeing of young people, instead of exclusion and incarceration. Achieving our VISION requires a bold goal of eliminating the use of youth incarceration across Washington State.
We know that all teenagers take risks and make mistakes. And what we’ve instinctively known to be true is now proven by research: the teenage brain is wired differently. Passion, creativity, impulsiveness, questioning authority, and susceptibility to peer influence are all part of a normally developing teen brain.
We also know that children are growing up in environments that are stressed by poverty, discrimination, and racism. This makes them feel isolated and marginalized, whether at home, in school, or in their community. These factors impact healthy brain development and behavior, and snap decisions can put them in conflict with the law.
No one should be defined by their worst mistake. TeamChild will stand with youth at their lowest moments ensuring that justice isn’t out of reach for young people and their families.
We believe that exclusion and incarceration don’t work. Less money spent on incarceration and punishment allows us to invest in resources that actually help kids that come in conflict with the law, while also helping make our neighborhoods safe and our economy thrive.
Punitive “solutions” often exacerbate the challenges youth face and fail to hold agencies accountable for the role they play in contributing to these problems. Punishment frequently has less to do with fairness and more to do with where you live, the color of your skin, how much money you have, and who is or isn’t around to help you. We envision a world where all young people have power and experience unconditional belonging at school, at home and in their communities.
We believe that sustainable results for young people are best achieved when our advocacy is driven by our clients and our community. Young people are the experts about their own lived experiences and needs, and they are centered in our legal services work. Youth prioritize their goals and call the shots about decisions that impact their lives, while TeamChild acts as navigators, legal advisors, and advocates.
1225 South Weller St, Suite 420 Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: (206) 322-2444 Fax: (206) 381-1742 Email: [email protected]
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TeamChild is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Federal Tax ID# 91-1930194