Imagine Justice Project

Connecting Youth to Care

Young people often come into contact with the criminal justice system as a result of normal adolescent behavior, such as taking risks and pushing boundaries. Due to institutional racism and implicit bias, this happens more often for Black and Brown youth through the over-policing of communities of color, racial profiling, and disproportionate minority sentencing. The isolation and stigma surrounding criminal justice system involvement create additional barriers preventing youth and young adults from achieving their full potential. Protective factors, such as participation in positive youth development programs and connection to caring adults, can create safe and supportive environments for youth that prevent and reduce contact with the criminal justice system.  

The Imagine Justice Project is a collaborative Pierce County effort to strengthen youth development and advance equitable, community-centered justice systems. One of the primary strategies of the Imagine Justice program is to leverage AmeriCorps volunteers to build the capacity of local organizations to provide culturally responsive, trauma-informed positive youth development programs, and services.  

AmeriCorps Team

The Imagine Justice Project is recruiting 20 individuals to serve as AmeriCorps members in positive youth development programs across Pierce County. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Each position will complete 1700 total service hours over a period of approximately 10.5 months. Members will receive a living allowance, healthcare benefits, childcare benefits, as well as positive youth development professional development. Upon successful completion of their service terms, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

 

Host Site Partners

Choose from over 10 different service sites!

·      Alchemy Skateboarding  

·       Asia Pacific Cultural Center  

·       Building Beyond the Walls  

·       Coffee Oasis  

·       Communities in Schools – Lakewood  

·       Communities in Schools – Peninsula  

·       Communities in Schools – Tacoma  

·       Consejo Counseling  

·       Hilltop Artists  

·       Our Sisters House  

·       Prairie Ridge Community Coalition  

·       Safe Streets Campaign  

·       Second Cycle  

·       Tacoma Boat Builders