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Safe Streets Campaign

Contact Information

714 S 27th St
Tacoma, WA 98402

(253) 389-2407

Focus Areas

  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Education & Youth
  • Public Safety

The Imagine Justice Project is a a Pierce County collaborative working to strengthen youth development and advance equitable, community-centered justice for youth. Safe Streets Campaign is the current organization home for the Imagine Justice Project

  • About Us
    YOUTH SERVING AGENCIES NETWORK: The YSAN is works to increase coordination and collaboration among agencies that serve court-involved youth in Pierce County in order to maximize benefit to youth and community. We meet every other month for 90-minutes. Our focus in on building relationships, leveraging resources, and learning from each other.

    IMAGINE JUSTICE AMERICORPS TEAM: These national service volunteers provide direct service to youth and young adults in youth-serving nonprofit organizations across Pierce County. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance, benefits, an education award, and personal and professional coaching. We focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who have lived experience or identities that relate to youth involved in the justice system.
  • Our Impact
    The Imagine Justice Project strengthens positive youth development programs in Pierce County to enhance protective factors for youth and young adults. These protective factors help mitigate risk factors to prevent involvement in the criminal justice system. We use targeted universalism in our work to help end the disproportionality of Black and Brown youth in the criminal justice system. We build community relationships and capacity to create effective alternatives for justice system involvement. Our AmeriCorps team builds career and leadership pathways for individuals with lived experience and shared identities with justice-involved youth to create more diverse and effective community leadership in youth development and criminal justice system transformation.

Positions at Safe Streets Campaign

Safe Streets Campaign Programs

The Imagine Justice Project

Young people often come into contact with the criminal justice system as a result of normal adolescent behavior, such as taking risks and pushing boundaries. Due to institutional racism and implicit bias, this happens more often for Black and Brown youth through the over-policing of communities of color, racial profiling, and disproportionate minority sentencing. The isolation and stigma surrounding criminal justice system involvement create additional barriers preventing youth and young adults from achieving their full potential. Protective factors, such as participation in positive youth development programs and connection to caring adults, can create safe and supportive environments for youth that prevent and reduce contact with the criminal justice system. The Imagine Justice Project is a collaborative Pierce County effort to strengthen youth development and advance equitable, community-centered justice systems. One of the primary strategies of the Imagine Justice program is to leverage AmeriCorps volunteers to build the capacity of local organizations to provide culturally responsive, trauma-informed positive youth development programs, and services.