"If my son is going to do it, I'm going to do it too. I got his back" - Jose Sr.

As a teen, Jose Sr. experienced a “Scared Straight” workshop facilitated by ex-gang members that was supposed to discourage negative behavior. It didn’t work for him.  So when he received the invitation for his son Jose Jr. to attend the CHOOSE 180 Youth workshop, he expected much of the same. But he found himself surprised by how different this experience was—for the both of them.

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Sean Goode
"We All Want To Make Sure We Feel Safe."

Recently, two CHOOSE 180 Youth Workshop graduates had a chance to share how gun violence has impacted their lives at the KIRO 7 Town Hall.  In the company of Washington State’s governor, subject matter experts, other students, and a live television audience, the two shared their honest truth from a place of beautiful vulnerability.

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Sean Goode
"You answered my prayer"

On a Saturday afternoon Ronasia would have rather been at work making money instead of attending  what she thought was going to be a “BS” workshop, she wasn’t alone.  Her mother Fidelia also had other plans for this day that didn’t include “being punished for Ronasia’s actions” as it was “her daughter’s poor choices, not her own,” that brought them to the Choose 180 Youth Workshop.  

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Sean Goode
"The difference a day makes"

Several months ago Rico was hanging out with friends at a skate park in Kent when a car drove by and started shooting at him and his friends.  As they ran away Rico was hit in the leg and ended up spending that afternoon in the hospital considering how lucky he was that the bullet struck him where it did.  For most, an incident like this would have been all the motivation necessary to start making positive changes but not for Rico.

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Sean Goode