Echo Glen is a Washington State juvenile detention facility and a school operated by the Issaquah School District. The facility has approximately 135 male and female youth in residence, ranging in age from 10 to 20 years old. They come from every part of the state, and all have great untapped potential.
Nearly all the youth have experienced childhood trauma. This includes homelessness, gang violence, physical abuse, domestic violence, and sexual abuse – which affects almost all the incarcerated girls. These traumas influence the actions that lead to a child’s incarceration. Many of their families have also experienced inter-generational trauma which is often a continuous cycle —one that Echo Glen staff is determined to break. Nearly all these young people have dangerously low self-esteem; they crave positive attention from adults and need good role models.
More information about the youth in this article published by Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle Children’s Article