Dual-System Involved Youth Program

Serving Youth Experiencing Incarceration

We aim to help youth facing incarceration access basic education during and post-incarceration and receive necessary educational support to increase academic progress. In addition, we provide access to resources and support systems and assist them as they work towards graduating high school and building a plan for their future.

How Do We Provide Educational Services to Dual-System Involved Youth?

Young people who have experienced both foster care and incarceration have not historically received equitable access to education. This creates an undeniable impact as it produces limits on educational attainment and future opportunities.

To effectively partner with youth, we use the approach of a co-design model. Co-design is a collaborative process focused on designing programs with a community rather than for them. Our path forward relies heavily on developing these connections as they know their experiences and needs the best. We work with these youth to create and provide effective interventions that increase access to basic education, special education, transition planning and post-secondary opportunities.

Who Is Eligible?

Participants must be:

  • 11-21 years old
  • Have an open dependency case
  • Be currently incarcerated at Echo Glen Children’s Center or Green Hill School

Who Can Refer?

Youth can be referred to this program by:

  • Department of Child, Youth and Family (DCYF)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad litem
  • Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Attorneys representing youth
  • Probation/Parole Officer

To refer a potential youth participant, begin the referral process here.

Please contact Ari McLaren-Simpson, Program Manager – Dual-System Involved Youth, with any questions and concerns at [email protected].

FAQs

How do we define dual-system involved youth?

Treehouse defines dual-system involved youth as any youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile legal systems.

Whom does this program serve?

This program serves youth in Washington State foster care ages 11-21 incarcerated at Echo Glen Children’s Center and Green Hill School.

What services does the program provide?

We work with youth to provide effective interventions that increase access to basic education, special education, transition planning and post-secondary opportunities.

What is the goal of the program?

The goal for the program’s pilot year is to develop best practices, tailor our program model and services to this population of young people and increase awareness around their need for educational equity by centering youth voices.

Questions?

You can contact Ari McLaren-Simpson, Program Manager – Dual-System Involved Youth, with questions, comments or concerns at [email protected].