FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION
April 3, 2017 Steve Primas (360) 902-0879
Office of Juvenile Justice
The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice - WA-PCJJ is seeking nominations for the fourth Annual “Spirit of Youth” award. The intent of the award is to recognize and celebrate a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is today making significant contributions to society. A $1,000 scholarship to attend a Washington state college, university or vocational/technical school is available to the award winner.
The award also provides the WA-PCJJ and the public with an important opportunity to learn from a young person’s direct experience about the hard work and dedication it takes to build a better life, and how juvenile justice professionals and systems can most effectively be of help.
The award recipient must be:
- Under the age of 24,
- A person who was adjudicated delinquent and involved in the Washington State juvenile justice system,
- Must have completed Parole and/or Probation conditions
- Currently involved, directly or indirectly, in bettering the lives of youth, and
- Has no outstanding court fines or restitution owed to victim(s) OR is demonstrating consistent payments of restitution in accordance with Court Order.
Nomination and selection process:
The members of the WA-PCJJ will promote the Spirit of Youth Award by distributing nomination forms to state and community organizations, media, and will be posted on the WA-PCJJ website at www.dshs.wa.gov/ra/office-juvenile-justice.
The WA-PCJJ will maintain strict confidentiality when handling Award nomination forms. Following is the 2016 nomination and selection process timeline:
- Nomination process announced and distributed April 3, 2017
- Nominations due to Youth Committee April 21, 2017
- WA-PCJJ Youth Committee selects award recipient April 28, 2016
- Award presented by Governor Inslee To be announced
The Washington State award recipient’s name and nomination will be submitted to the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice “Spirit of Youth Award”.
The Office of Juvenile Justice Releases:
- Bulletin: Summary of Washington State Data and Recent Study Findings: The Transfer of Youth (under age 18) to the Adult Criminal Justice System, December 2014
- Washington State Disproportionate Minority Contact Assessment, January, 2013
- JDAI Bulletin, January 2013
- Record Sealing Bulletin, January 2013
- Washington State Criminal Street Gang Prevention and Intervention Multi-Site Evaluation: Interim Evaluation Report 8/01/12 - 12/31/12, January, 2013
- BECCA Law
- Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention - JJDP Act