King County Youth Chaplaincy
Launched in 2009, King County Youth Chaplaincy is a collaboration of ministries, churches, and individuals working together to encourage youth at the King County Detention Center through weekly chapel services, one-on-one counseling, post-release care and other related services.
Our mission is to:
- Present to all youth incarcerated in the King County Juvenile Detention Center an opportunity to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Provide Christian chaplaincy and pastoral services to youth in the Center.
- Collaborate with partner churches and organizations in providing after-release pastoral services and discipleship to youth and their families.
What we do:
- Hold Sunday evening services
- Participate in one-on-one sessions during the week
- Attend court hearings as support
- Connect youth with supportive services after detention
- Distribute Bibles
- Assist in acquiring supplies for the youth (hygiene, paper products, etc.)
Quotes from Our Youth:
"You all helped me turn my life around." - Denise
"I didn't believe in Jesus, but now I do." - Steven
Quick facts about the King County Juvenile Detention Center:
Number of youth detained at the center: 60-238
Females: 15%, males: 85%
Average length of stay: 8 days (sometimes over a year)
Richard met Chaplain Glenn in the detention center and then again at his high school. He then got involved with Urban Impact’s programs and became a beloved part of Glenn’s church community. He started college this fall.
Denise started a mentoring relationship with one of our female chaplains. She also started a relationship with Jesus in juvi, and has grown in her faith outside of detention. She has a steady job and is excited about her future. She has stated, “You all help turn my life around.”
Carlos rediscovered his faith in juvi. He has left his gang-affiliated ways and mindset and has committed his life to the ways of Jesus. While he is still serving time in a long-term facility, he is remaining diligent in prayer and reading scripture. In spite of many temptations and obstacles, his actions and attitude have remained positive and have earned him much favor among staff and other youth. He is determined to stay on this course and live his life right.