Community Passageways

Community Passageways We create alternatives to incarceration for young people by rebuilding our communities through committed relationships centered on love, compassion, and consistency.
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03/31/2021
Zero Youth Detention: Workgroups

We're excited to be a part of this effort to make King County a place where all our children can be happy, healthy, hopeful, safe, and thriving. Watch this video or visit zeroyouthdetention.com/workgroups to see how you can get involved!

We are devastated at the loss of Omari Wallace, a beloved member of our community. Thank you for the outpouring of commu...
03/25/2021
Omari's Legacy, organized by Katrina Ness

We are devastated at the loss of Omari Wallace, a beloved member of our community. Thank you for the outpouring of community support. Omari was a fun and caring young man who cared deeply for his family and was getting ready to be a father himself. He had a lot of life ahead of him, and he was taken way too soon.

You can support Omari's family on their difficult journey ahead through this family gofundme page.

We need to END the gun violence epidemic which has taken far too many of our loved ones. Community Passageways remains committed to doing its part to end the cycle of gun violence in our community.

I honestly don't even know how to start this.. A lot of people have asked me what can they do help me and … Katrina Ness needs your support for Omari's Legacy

Restorative Community Pathways (RCP) Teach In is now viewable on YouTube. This is a great way to learn about RCP's resto...
03/15/2021

Restorative Community Pathways (RCP) Teach In is now viewable on YouTube. This is a great way to learn about RCP's restorative framework and get an update on the work group design process for holistic care.

Link in our linktree!

03/13/2021
A huge thank you to Seattle Foundation for recognizing the critical need for our work—and the work of other BIPOC-led or...
03/02/2021
Phase 3 Grants | Seattle Foundation

A huge thank you to Seattle Foundation for recognizing the critical need for our work—and the work of other BIPOC-led organizations with deep roots in community—as the pandemic stretches on.

List of COVID-19 Response Fund Phase 3 Grantees

Community Passageways's cover photo
02/18/2021

Community Passageways's cover photo

The Washington State Leadership Board operates under the theory that to change the world, we need to start by empowering...
02/16/2021

The Washington State Leadership Board operates under the theory that to change the world, we need to start by empowering young leaders—something core to our work at Community Passageways. In giving us the WA Justice For All Award, they’re recognizing the bright future young people in our community are building: a world where they don’t just survive, but thrive.

Community Passageways's cover photo
02/11/2021

Community Passageways's cover photo

Community Passageways's cover photo
02/11/2021

Community Passageways's cover photo

Community Passageways
02/11/2021

Community Passageways

"During our years working in King County’s criminal justice system, we routinely heard prosecutors claim, without eviden...
02/10/2021
End the cruel, racist practice of prosecuting children in adult court

"During our years working in King County’s criminal justice system, we routinely heard prosecutors claim, without evidence, that the vast majority of victims support harsh penalties for children charged as adults. This dubious claim leads to a false dichotomy between victims and those who have been accused of crimes; they often come from the same community, and many justice-involved youth are victims themselves. Moreover, prosecuting children in adult court has no public safety benefit — in fact, research by Washington State Institute for Public Policy has shown that it leads to more recidivism and victimization."

We need state legislation to end the brutal practice of prosecuting children in adult court. And we need to hold our prosecutors accountable to both recognize and undo the cruelty and racism that underpin our system.

If we are to achieve true justice, we must undo the wrongs of our legal system that have disproportionately incarcerated...
02/05/2021

If we are to achieve true justice, we must undo the wrongs of our legal system that have disproportionately incarcerated Black Indigenous and communities of color.

1️⃣ Read up on HB 1413 and HB 1344
2️⃣ 📱💻 Call and Email your legislators and/or sign up for written testimony on Tue 2/9 8am. Glance the script in the comments
3️⃣ After you take action, share your knowledge and encouragement to others!🤎

This summer we were able to pass legislation across Seattle and King County to ensure youth have a public defender prese...
01/18/2021

This summer we were able to pass legislation across Seattle and King County to ensure youth have a public defender present when being questioned by law enforcement.

On Wednesday we have the chance to encourage lawmakers to make this a statewide protection!

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast is virtual this year—and it's going to feature a stunning live performa...
01/13/2021

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast is virtual this year—and it's going to feature a stunning live performance by America's Got Talent winner Brandon Leake and a keynote by Erin Jones. See you there?

Register here: https://www.mlkprayerbreakfast.com/

Our founder and CEO Dominique Davis is so, so honored to receive BRAVE's Community Trailblazer Award, which recognizes l...
01/12/2021

Our founder and CEO Dominique Davis is so, so honored to receive BRAVE's Community Trailblazer Award, which recognizes leaders that create new, positive paths for Black and Brown young people. We'd love for you to attend this virtual event on Saturday—there will be student speakers, a virtual gallery walk, and the award presentation! You can register here: tinyurl.com/BRAVE-Campaign-RSVP

Big thanks to Office of Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib for recognizing our work to make zero youth incarceration a reality.
01/09/2021
Office of Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib

Big thanks to Office of Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib for recognizing our work to make zero youth incarceration a reality.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipients of the 2021 Washington Leadership Awards. This past year has been unlike any other -- and the acts of service we are recognizing are equally extraordinary. We look forward to the official awards ceremony this February.

First: the Washingtonian of the Year award will go to the celebrated Dr. Helen Chu of UW Medicine and the Brotman Baty Institute . Dr. Chu is credited as the first physician to identify community spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. Dr. Chu pursued the truth despite pushback and saved lives.

The Washington Organization of the Year winner is Northwest Harvest. NW Harvest is a food justice organization working statewide to end hunger and to address the root causes of poverty in Washington. NW Harvest has kept Washingtonians fed as need has doubled due to the pandemic -- to the tune of 2 million meals per month. Thank you for keeping WA healthy!

The WA Justice for All Award goes to Community Passageways, a non-profit org that has spent years on the ground working to reach zero youth incarceration. Their leadership training & services have helped hold youth accountable through community rather than incarceration.

This year, the Legacy of Service Award will be awarded jointly to Bill Gates Sr. and Jim Ellis, philanthropists and civic leaders who worked together at the Preston Gates & Ellis law firm, now known as K&L Gates.

Jim Ellis is remembered as a celebrated advocate for civic causes & the environment. He played a leading role in cleaning up Lake Washington, created the Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust, and much more.

Bill Gates Sr., who passed away last year, is well known for his philanthropy in Washington and around the world. Instrumental in the founding of the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates Sr. was a champion for education, global health, and social and economic equity.

We are proud to recognize these exceptional Washingtonians for their acts of service. Learn more about the history of this traditional award and its recipients here:
https://www.ltgov.wa.gov/news-releases/lt-governor-habibs-office-announces-2021-washington-leadership-awards

We are so proud of and grateful for our Community Ambassador DeShaun Nabors. Here's a peek into the incredible work he's...
01/08/2021
Nabors, DeShaun Mitigation Video

We are so proud of and grateful for our Community Ambassador DeShaun Nabors. Here's a peek into the incredible work he's been doing and the lives he's helping to change.

Thanks to all of you, we met not one, but TWO donation matches this month. That means that together we raised more than ...
01/01/2021

Thanks to all of you, we met not one, but TWO donation matches this month. That means that together we raised more than $100,000 to kickstart 2021 for the youth of King County. Stay safe and happy New Year!

Thank you @sadenochill Please read through the slides and the press release. If we’ve collectively acknowledged young pe...
12/30/2020

Thank you @sadenochill Please read through the slides and the press release.

If we’ve collectively acknowledged young people should be treated differently than adults, it shouldn’t be at the discretion of prosecutors to decide which young people should be considered youthful.

This is the same racist “super predator” narrative updated with 2020 language and an abhorrent attempt for prosecutors to keep their power.

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“In the past, Dan Satterberg has recognized that children deserve second chances “Kids today are just like we were. The difference is the adults in my life didn’t give up on me. I don’t think we should be giving up on them.” Satterberg TED Talk (2015). Now, he is seeking to reverse a decision that does just that.”

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More to come to protect our youth!!

12/30/2020
Success stories waiting to happen

Keith Hedgepeth, Community Passageways’ first community ambassador, was always told he had a lot of potential—but while battling addiction for 33 years, he never had an opportunity to realize it. After being released from prison, When I was released in 2012, he pledged to devote the rest of his life into helping people not head down the same path.

“I do what I do because I don't want to see any kid go through the process that I went through, and kids adapt to me because my story is what captivates them and motivates them into wanting to do right,” he says. “I'm a success story waiting to happen in some kid's life.”

Your contribution helps us reach more kids who need our help—and a generous donor is matching every contribution up to $25,000. We have less than $4,000 in matching funds left, and you can help us reach the full amount! Learn more and donate at communitypassageways.org/2021

Y'all are SO GENEROUS. A gracious donor has agreed to match all donations up to $25K, and we're at $21,712.22—if we rais...
12/29/2020

Y'all are SO GENEROUS. A gracious donor has agreed to match all donations up to $25K, and we're at $21,712.22—if we raise another $3,300 that adds up to a full $50,000.

Your contribution helps us hit the ground running making big things happen next year and beyond. Learn more about what we're up to and donate at communitypassageways.org/2021

12/22/2020
Changing minds, changing futures

"When I was young, I killed my best friend," says Paul Sutton, who joined Community Passageways as a Deep Dive community ambassador and coach this year. "I’m 180 degrees different from the manchild I used to think I was."

Through Community Passageways, we’re given the opportunity to ask: How do we remove the psychology that created the felony in the first place? Now, we’re bringing that solution and that mechanism into place, but we need your help to make it happen.

A generous donor is matching every contribution to Community Passageways up to $25,000 through the end of the year—so if you donate now, you'll double your impact. Learn more at communitypassageways.org/2021

12/20/2020

There are still a couple of hours to contribute to our community giving event! We'll be accepting the following at our office (7728 Rainier Ave, Seattle WA 98118) until 5 p.m. today (December 20):
🎁 For ages 2-12 years: New toys and clothing (unwrapped, but gift bags are OK)
🎁 For ages 13-16 years: gift cards

Our city has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of the families in under-served areas of Seattle and South King County have been deeply affected by loss of income and food insecurity. We are asking you to consider partnering with Community Passageways and the Seattle Community Safety Initiative team as we assist struggling families this holiday season.

At Community Passageways, we are working tirelessly to serve the youth and families in target areas throughout Seattle and South King County. In response to these difficult times, we and our partners are planning to serve over 600 families during our first Community Giving Event, and we need your help!

On December 21st , 22nd and 23rd respectively, we'll
be in the Central District, South Seattle, and West Seattle distributing food, clothing, PPE, and gifts to families in need. We are asking you to join us by donating new toys, new clothing, or gift cards to help us bring a smile to the faces of 600-1000 children whose lives have been totally disrupted this year due to COVID-19.

12/18/2020
Seattle Seahawks

A HUGE thank you to Seattle Seahawks for using your platform to spread the word about Restorative Community Pathways. It's a groundbreaking collaboration between organizations that have been doing criminal legal system reform work for years—including Choose 180, Creative Justice, and us—and King County.
Watch the video to learn more and hear from the people who have been putting in the work.

Our documentary "In Community, By Community" is live now! 📹

This documentary tells the story of a new criminal justice reform program in King County called Restorative Community Pathways, which works to divert youth from the criminal legal system directly into community programs.

Learn more » https://shwks.com/RestorativeCommunityPathways

Watch now » https://youtu.be/OK-D1XY64yo

12/17/2020
Your mistakes do not define you

“I see myself in these youth,” says Andrea Altheimer, a CP-FIT coach that works directly with young people in our community. She was in trouble herself when she was young, and, in a cycle that’s all too common, ended up doing 21 years in prison as an adult. Andrea is an integral part of the work we do every day to keep kids on the right path—pairing them up with mentors they can trust, who truly understand what they’re going through, and can meet them on their level.
A generous donor is matching all donations to Community Passageways up to $20,000—so if you give just $25 today, your total impact will be $50. Learn more about what we're doing and make a donation at communitypassageways.org/2021

12/12/2020
Let's finish what we started

“It felt like it was a family kind of thing… I’m just really proud of the community to stop what they’re doing and actually participate.”

When we, as part of a collective of community groups and organizers, planned our We Want To Live march back in June, we knew it would be a powerful opportunity to rally for the lives of Black youth. We didn’t expect more than 26,000 people from all walks of life to meet up with us in South Seattle. Our hearts are still bursting with gratitude for the people of King County and pride for the brave young people who stood up and said: We’ve had enough.

In this video, CP FIT coach Renee Releford describes the inspiring feeling of watching Seattle’s communities rally together for a better future. Now we need to keep that work going; visit communitypassageways.org/2021 to learn more about what we’re up to and how you can help.

12/11/2020
Seattle Seahawks

Stay tuned!

This is our second year of partnering with local filmmakers Gavin and Bryan to document the extraordinary stories in our community. Take a look inside the making of last year's project, Out of the Fire, and a sneak peak of this year's feature coming soon.

Last year's documentary: seahawks.com/ootf

12/02/2020
You are what happens next

This is where our community heals our community. A message from our CEO and founder, Dominique Davis:

2020 has been a crazy year but also a very enlightening year: all the marches and protests, picking up momentum and awareness.
We’re going into 2021, and we don’t want things to die down. After these marches and protests, what happens next?

Join us on our year-end campaign to learn about the work we've been doing and help us grow even more next year. Donate here to keep our work going: communitypassageways.org/donate

On Thanksgiving eve, our Community Support Team partnered with other organizations to provide 150 families with turkey, ...
11/29/2020

On Thanksgiving eve, our Community Support Team partnered with other organizations to provide 150 families with turkey, fruits, vegetables, a box of non-perishable food, games and activities, and Safeway gift cards. We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!

We were privileged to have the opportunity to serve the tenants at Liberty Bank Building to introduce ourselves to the C...
11/25/2020

We were privileged to have the opportunity to serve the tenants at Liberty Bank Building to introduce ourselves to the Central District community. Our Community Support Team (CST) served 73 families, canned goods, and non perishable items, fruits and vegetables, board games and activities, PPE, and Safeway gift cards. We are so honored to have this opportunity for blessings. 🙏

“This process, called ‘Restorative Community Pathways,’ will result in hundreds of young people annually having direct a...
10/27/2020
OPINION: The World We Need Must be Built by Community Not Courtrooms

“This process, called ‘Restorative Community Pathways,’ will result in hundreds of young people annually having direct access to community instead of a courtroom after their behavior has been criminalized by law enforcement. This process isn’t just for the accused but also for the harmed party, as we have built out programming not just for people harmed to be made whole through restitution but also support so that they can receive resolution through a restorative healing practice. This is a huge step on our journey toward justice.”

by Sean Goode As a child, my family was always on the move — 12 different homes in 12 years of school. It was always something: hiding from my abusive father, getting evicted, or that time we owned…

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10/27/2020

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We are so thankful for Andrea Altheimer of Community Passageways for encouraging our young women during our chapel at Echo Glen on Sunday. We praise God for Andrea's deep love and compassion for our young queens, sharing her life story, and bringing an uplifting message around Psalm 37:4. It was also wonderful to have times of laughter, which is much needed!
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(As always, we hate to cover the faces of our youth but we are required to.)

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Our award-winning restorative justice documentary is now available to stream free for Amazon Prime members!
Incredible event today. Thank you, Community Passageways and partners! The voices of these young leaders were powerful. And they were heard.
How can South Seattle Action for Justice support the Sunday We Want to Live March?
Thank you, Dominique Davis for educating the community on the good work your team is doing.