King County Juvenile Detention
From 1995 to the summer of 2011, Powerful Voices started, ran and coordinated weekly girls groups in King County Juvenile Detention. Powerful Voices had to make strategic and difficult decisions in 2011 to weather the economy; one of which was to transition the coordination of the girls group to staff within Juvenile Detention.
Girls Group is offered to all girls currently detained in KC Juvenile Detention. Group is optional and youth are not forced or required to participate
Currently, Powerful Voices partners with KC Detention to plan curriculum and facilitate the girls group on a rotating schedule with other amazing partners such as Seattle/King County Public Health, Team Child and Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress. Partners plan curriculum based on their areas of expertise and needs of the youth. They receive snack, have discussions, and participate in activities and workshops on issues that are affecting them and are relevant to their lives and current situation.
On a rotating basis different partners come to facilitate girls group once a week for one hour
Girls involved in the Juvenile Justice System are surviving within systems that are not historically designed for their needs. Girls need safe spaces to build trust with others, ask questions, practice skills, develop leadership, and self-reveal without judgment. Powerful Voices staff plan curriculum on various topics relevant to the needs of girls in detention utilizing approaches that validate girls’ emotional and psychological processes. Girls explore their right to feel safe, make healthy choices, and advocate for themselves while building relationships and participating in fun and interactive ways.
Our goals for youth who participate are to:
- increase awareness of the resources available to them after release
- develop and practice healthy coping strategies
- increase positive experiences with female peers and adults
- gain an awareness of how critical thinking and choices affect their future
- develop their communication and self-advocacy skills
We are honored to be a partner and applaud KC Detention staff for continuing to value and coordinate a weekly girls group.