Friends of ECHO GLEN

Helping teens in the Washington State juvenile justice system

Friends of Echo Glen is a 100% volunteer community that exists with the sole purpose of helping the youth at Echo Glen Juvenile Detention Center to rewrite the scripts of their lives. These teens have immense untapped potential.  We help them gain self-esteem by providing essential building blocks for healthy development thus breaking the cycle of neglect and abuse.

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Current Greatest Need: COMFORT ITEMS
90%
of young people in the juvenile justice system have experienced childhood trauma such as homelessness, gang violence, and physical and sexual abuse — which affects almost all of the incarcerated girls. Many of their families have also experienced inter-generational trauma.

Here are some opportunities to show these appreciative youths that you care:

Due to Covid, Echo Glen is only accepting new volunteer applications for HELP STUDENTS IN CLASS.

WAYS TO GIVE

DEVELOPMENT (Must be 21 & pass a background check) All activities on temporary hold

ARTS (Must be 21 & pass a background check)

RECREATIONAL (Must be 21 & pass a background check)

Don’t see anything that interests you?

Whatever your expertise, passion or hobby is, there is a group of youth who would love for you to share it with them!   Email susan@smilepower.org and we’ll help you get connected.

Want to learn more about who the kids are at Echo Glen?
Check out these videos:

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Two young men at the Echo Glen Children’s Center rap about their experiences before incarceration and reflect on their lives now.

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Echo Glen celebrates 50 years of helping convicted kids turn their lives around.