From Saturday, August 14th, through Monday, August 16th, several system-impacted African-American youth who either are or had been in Pierce County’s Pathways Program were hosted at the University of Washington’s Tacoma campus. While on campus, youth heard from formerly incarcerated speakers including UWT Alumni LeShawn Gamble, Christopher Johnston, and Kurt Myers. Youth also heard stories from individuals who took other paths outside of higher education and have been successful since their release including Marcus White, Marlin Henderson, and Shaun Worthy. The three-day even culminated with Terrence Turner teaching the youth about advocacy and storytelling which helped them in taking ownership of their own stories.
All youth who participated had the opportunity to receive a haircut, $100 in clothing from Ross, a $300 Visa gift card, hygiene kits, a backpack, school supplies, and a ticket to the Seahawks vs Denver Broncos pre-season game.
All participating youth also received an open invite to visit the University of Washington’s Tacoma campus again this Fall when Omari Amili begins teaching Criminal Justice there. Youth are encouraged to visit his class and will have an opportunity to share the stories they wrote during the Pathways event.
Huge thanks to UWT Faculty Fellows for funding the event and to Second Chance Foundation & Scholarship for sponsoring the Seahawks tickets.