Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Your Impact: a safe space in juvie

While many of our programs serve girls over weeks, months or years, Juvie Groups provide a chance to connect with girls only for a few hours.  This is because the majority of girls are detained in King County Juvenile Detention for days or weeks at a time. 

So how does Powerful Voices make an impact in just a few hours?

In the short-term, we provide a safe space for girls who are surviving within a system not historically designed for their needs.  In the long-term, we work in solidarity with their families, detention staff and partners like Team Child and Seattle Public Health to equip them with skills and support to prevent further detention and help them navigate challenges in their lives.

At the end of one of our groups we asked girls to complete the sentence, "One thing I learned today is..."

Their responses:
  • how much strength and power girls have
  • working together can be fun
  • to be able to be more patient
  • to be willing to try
  • girls are smart
  • I can have fun no matter what
  • being honest is good
  • people really do care

In 2012, Powerful Voices touched the lives of 49 young women detained in King County Juvenile Detention.  These services were funded due to the generosity of individuals who gave to Powerful Voices over the year.  Thank you.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Girl Justice 2013

"Girl Justice was a fantastic opportunity to learn from and engage with Powerful Voices staff and youth engagement allies from around the region. I took away some very accessible tools and experiences that will help me to be a more sensitive communicator and facilitator, not only in my work with youth but with adults as well." 
-Layla Taylor, Adult Ally

On January 18th, forty people came together with Powerful Voices to learn how to be better adult allies to young people.  In addition to learning from Powerful Voices' staff about our practices and program models, participants got to hear directly four young women who are alumnae of our programs.  Two great pieces of advice from the youth panelists:  "Listen to them (youth) and see what they have to say" and "Don't work with youth because you have pity - understand with genuine sympathy because you care."

Thanks to the high quality information and wisdom shared by everyone in the room, people left feeling inspired to get more involved with Girl Justice advocacy efforts. As one participant said, "It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many intelligent, talented and passionate women."

connecting with a girl's story

super-star youth panel

reflecting on our own identities 

learning from each other