"I feel like it would've just changed so many of their lives"

Francesca was referred to our October youth workshop after being charged with her first minor offense, and her mother Kristel joined her to offer support. Not knowing what to expect, Francesca pictured herself being yelled at and scolded for the decisions she’s made. What she experienced, however, was much different: “coming and being here and actually having people have rational conversations with me and listen to my story and give me feedback just helped me realize that I’m not crazy for the things I’m doing, like there’s reasoning.”

Read More
"Legacies made and lives changed"

“This could’ve been a path where…it would be more difficult for him to begin to take a different path, a path that involves smarter choices, and that this wouldn’t follow him for the rest of his life, and that was really encouraging. I was also excited that the judicial system looks at other options to help youth other than being punitive” – Lawanda

Read More
Sean Goode
"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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.  

Read More
Sean Goode