Promoting Positive Outcomes was completed in Spring 2012.
In 2006, the Center for Children & Youth Justice received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to assist the Foundation in identifying where best to target its resources for improving outcomes for pre-delinquent at-risk youth and delinquent youth. Two of the programs identified are TeamChild and the New Start Stay in School Program (now called Avanza).
The next phase of this initiative creates a pilot project to determine if selected programs are effective with highly vulnerable youth. Partnering with TeamChild and Avanza, the project expands school engagement services for Latino youth in Benton, Franklin and King Counties. The goal of this expansion is to determine whether these programs are effective when cultural and linguistic competence are at issue.
TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit civil legal aid organization serving young people involved in or at high risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. Its mission is to help these young people secure the education, health, housing, and other supports they need to achieve positive outcomes. TeamChild's advocacy is geared towards keeping youth out of secure detention and ensuring they are supported in the community.
Avanza is a collaboration between Highline Public Schools, Puget Sound ESD, King County Superior Court and King County Work Training. It is a systems-wide, community-based approach that prevents, intervenes, and retrieves youth from dropping out of school. Avanza develops a strength-based education/career plan, links youth into a regional network of educational and workforce development programs, and provides a supportive care manager.
Positive Outcomes supports innovative thinking and research based programs with the goal of achieving replicable and lasting change in the juvenile justice system.