Support Youth Going Back to Their Communities

We are a non-profit organization and depend on your generous donations to help our youth succeed both while at Echo Glen and once they transition back to their communities.

Many youth do not have the support of a family or their families struggle with food insecurity, housing insecurity, or job insecurity when they return to their homes and schools. This adds to their anxiety & low self esteem. Please consider helping a youth leaving Echo Glen with a few items that may help them with their educational or job training plans.

Ways to help:

Nike:

I am 14 years old. Some things I like are roller blading, watching movies, dogs, and flowers. While at Echo Glen, I have been working on understanding my emotions and learning coping skills. I am continuously working towards letting go of things and using calming tools. On the outs, I want to work on forming a better relationship with my mom. I am excited to see my family, especially my siblings and dog. Thank you for your time.

Wish List: –> Choose “Nike Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Bob:

I am 15 and I enjoy playing sports and lifting weights. I have been working on controlling my anger through DBT skills, pursuing my education, and gaining work experience in order to pay off my fees. Once I get out, I hope to accomplish getting my high school diploma. I am happy to reconnect with my family and show my peer group on the outs what JRA has helped me learn. I appreciate any donations from Friends of Echo Glen.

Wish List: –> Choose “Bob Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Keenan:

I am 16 years old and I love doing hair and art (drawing and painting). I also love nature and being out in the rain. I have always been interested in fashion. I am excited to see my cats, be home, and go home to my mom to help her out financially. I am worried how people will see me differently. I hope to go to college and join the chamber and jazz choir. Another goal of mine is to work on my self-confidence and not worry about being judged. At Echo Glen I have been working on my patience, how I handle stress, building a healthier bond with my mom, and better social skills. Thank you for your time and help.

Wish List: –> Choose “Keenan Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Aether:

I am 17 almost 18. I love crocheting, art of any kind (especially sketching and drawing), and reading. I have been working on getting along with people with differences. I was accepted into a college here in WA but want to go to college in New Mexico; I am not sure which yet. I am not sure which major yet but probably something with art. Friends of Echo Glen is helpful by talking to us, getting the word out, and letting others know what we need. Thank you to anyone taking the time to read this and possibly help.

Wish List: –> Choose “Aether Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Skiley:

I am 16 years old. I like playing basketball. I have been working towards getting out, getting a job, and online schooling. I hope to be successful in the future for my family and myself. When I get out, I plan to move to a city that is away from people that can get me in trouble. I want to create a healthy support system to help keep me on track. Thank you for your help.

Wish List: –> Choose “Skiley Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Billy:

I am 15. I like drawing and I am into football. I have been working towards being productive at Echo Glen. I hope to accomplish getting my food handlers card and graduating out of an ART class. My long-term goal is to graduate high school and get a diploma. My short-term goal is to maintain a good behavior. I plan on going to school, stay productive, and stay out of negative interactions. I am excited to go home to see my family. Friends of Echo Glen can be helpful by helping me get a pair of shoes. I appreciate the assistance.

Wish List: –> Choose “Billy Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Paris:

I’m 15 and I like playing basketball and listening to music. At Echo Glen I have participated in Youth Voice and have been working towards getting my GED. When I get out, I hope to go back to school to get my diploma and I want to get a job at Jack in the Box to take care of my sister. I am excited to see my mom. Friends of Echo Glen can be help me get things my mom does not have money for. Thank you for your time.

Wish List: –> Choose “Paris Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Zack:

I am 15 years old. Even though it has been hard being away from family, I have been able to learn things at Echo Glen. I was taught DBT skills for anger and social skills that will help me on the outs. I now have a better understanding of others emotions and getting to know peers. When I get out, my Grandpa offered me a job, which I am excited for. I also plan on getting my high school diploma. My dream is to be a Youtuber and build on my teamwork skills. Friends of Echo Glen can be helpful by getting clothes and school supplies to help me focus on schoolwork. Getting clothes will help me concentrate on school because I won’t have to worry about it. Thank you.

Wish List: –> Choose “Zack Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Marcelline:

My name is Marcelline and I am 16 years old. One of my long term goals is to get a good treatment plan to help me stay on track. I like to read, draw, and do origami. I am a thoughtful person and I really care about other people, especially my family and friends. I plan on applying for a job at Walmart once I get settled in. Interview clothes would be very helpful. God bless everyone.

Wish List: –> Choose “Marcelline Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Kevin:

I am 17. I am working towards being a productive member of society and make positive contributions. When I get out, I plan to work in construction/landscaping. I plan on going to school for it. I am also planning to get off parole with zero violations. My long-term goal is to have a career in construction. Thank you for your help, I appreciate it.

Wish List: –> Choose “Kevin Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Santiago:

Hi my name is Santiago. I enjoy playing sports, exercising, and video games. During my time at Echo Glen, I have learned how to regulate my emotions and proper responses for different situations. I have also learned what skills to use for different situations. It helped me realize a lot and see things from a different perspective. I would like to one day own my own car, home, and move to California with some family. My goal for when I am released is to get a job, help my mom pay rent, and make new positive friends. I am excited to see my family. Thank you for your time.

Wish List: –> Choose “Santiago Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Belen:

Hello, My name is Belen I’m 19 years old and while being incarcerated since 2017 I’ve struggled to finish High School and move towards enlisting into my dream goal, to be a proud Army soldier. I’ve had this goal set for myself ever since the beginning of my sentencing because I’ve come to a commitment to give back to communities and fight for the country that I live in any way possible. That being said, I was given the opportunity to transfer to a Girl’s Community Facility in Eastern Washington after 2 long years spent in Juvenile Court and previously at Echo Glen, so I’m taking this chance to apply myself in looking for beneficial jobs and by furthering my education enrolling into ROTC. I enjoy expanding my knowledge by reading informational/realistic books, constantly finding new ways of learning, expressing myself in writing and painting to name a few hobbies. It can be somewhat difficult to get throughout the year especially with Covid, to be able to take care of myself and the necessities that I need but regardless the circumstances I’m grateful for your pitching in to help, It means a lot to me. God Bless

Wish List: –> Choose “Belen Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Bruce:

Hi, I’m Bruce and I’m 16 years old. I will be leaving Echo Glen soon and going back to my mom’s house in Seattle. I’m really motivated to never be in jail again. During my time here I had the opportunity to read lots of books from our Social Justice library, do therapy, and took my medicines and did much better then I did when I was in the outs. I got through so many books and did very well in school (with good grades and behavior) and want to keep doing the same in the community. I’m very interested in getting into Electrician Work and eventually go to college as well. I plan to focus on my education a lot and on catching up with my credits and keep up with my education like I did at Echo Glen once I am released. Any help I can get is very much appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Wish List: –> Choose “Bruce Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Luis:

My name is Luis and I am 17 years old. My goal for when I get released is to sign up for Job Corp so I can work on my education and earn my credits back. I want to return to high school and finish 12th grade and graduate next year. I’m also going to sign up for WISE program so that I can continue to get help and support to get the education and job I need and want. I feel like I have changed a lot since I got locked up. I act more mature and think more mature compared to before. I want to thank all of the people who are helping me during my stay of being locked up and with the help I’ll get from Friends of Echo Glen when I release. Knowing that I can get this help makes me feel like I can keep on the right path.

Wish List: –> Choose “Luis Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Johan:

My name is Johan, I’m 16 years old and am now living in a group home. I am working on finishing my high school diploma and plan to finish by June 2021! At the moment, I am taking lots of high school classes to make up for lost time. Eventually I want to go to college but I’m not sure what I will want to study. I’m currently looking for jobs and hope to get one in the fast food industry very soon. My family is not doing so well with money right now because of COVID and they try hard to help me but can’t help all the time. I would appreciate any help with basic clothing to help me get started with jobs too. Thank you for your consideration.

Wish List: –> Choose “Johan Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Daniel:

My name is Daniel, I’m 16 years old and I am excited to go back to my home and start high school like a regular kid. Some of the things I’m stressed out about are not having enough food at home and not having clothes for school. I don’t want to use my old gang color clothes anymore and want to graduate from high school so that I can go to college and study business. I’m looking for jobs right now, which is hard because of COVID, but I may be able to help my mom by working in the fields this summer before I start school. It’s hard work but it keeps me busy and out of trouble. Thank you for your help.

UPDATE: 12/8/2020

I’m happy to share that I’ve been “out of the system” for almost 8 months now! This is the longest time I have been out and I got to celebrate my first Thanksgiving with my family in 3 years. This will be my first Christmas in three years as well. I have been doing good at home, have good grades in high school (didn’t pass health but will pass this second time), and I have a job that is keeping me busy and out of trouble. I still go to therapy every week and everyone is proud of me. Your help has been really good for me and my family. Thank you so much for your support.

Daniel

Wish List: –> Choose “Dan B. Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

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Sally:

My name is Sally and I was one of two girls that graduated high school from Echo Glen in 2019. I am also only one of those two that is transitioning into the community at this time. I have been accepted to Perry Technical Institute in Yakima taking a Manufacturing year long course. Needless to say I am doing big things, but I need some help. I hope to be able to complete this course and practice this trade once I transition out of my group home.

Wish List: –> Choose “Sally Friends of Echo Glen’s Gift Registry Address” under Other Addresses.

  • Socks
  • Chrome Book (for work and school)