aka Center For Children & Youth Justice   |   Seattle, WA   |


Each year in the Puget Sound region and across Washington State, more than 50,000 children and youth are involved in the child welfare and youth justice systems. These systems have become “feeders” to recurrent incarceration, sex trafficking, poverty, and chronic homelessness. Youth involved in these systems experience significant unaddressed trauma, neglect, and abuse that lead to increased risks for these young people. The Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ)'s mission is to creates better lives for generations of children and youth by reforming the child welfare and youth justice systems. Our vision is that all children impacted by trauma are healthy, safe and well; cared for by all; & have a sense of belonging. We invest in community-based interventions that disrupt the predictable pathways of abuse and neglect and work to safely keep our children and youth in their communities and out of the systems, when possible. CCYJ also focuses on professionals who work with children and youth in community organizations, foster care, and youth justice, assuring all have the knowledge, skills, and cultural competency necessary to create safer environments and provide appropriate services and care. CCYJ is the only organization focused solely on reforming our state’s child welfare and youth justice systems so the children and youth who must rely on these systems are served justly, effectively, and compassionately. Our approach is rooted in listening to those most impacted—children, young adults, and families—by failures of these systems. We collaborate with and convene a vast network of cross-sector partners—nonprofit organizations, direct-service providers, health agencies, government entities, community groups, and foster care and youth justice professionals. Over more than a decade, CCYJ has developed model programs, processes, and protocols that continue to improve outcomes for all children. Our pilot programs serve as successful models for replication in the US.

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President & CEO

Rachel Sottile

Main address

300 Elliott Ave W, Ste 360

Seattle, WA 98119 USA

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Our programs

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Project Respect / Project 1775

Hundreds of children and youth are commercially sexually exploited every day in Washington. Exploitation occurs in many forms and impacts youth of all genders, many of whom have experienced past abuse and trauma. Children and youth who are commercially sexually exploited need specialized interventions, advocacy, and compassion—not arrest, incarceration, or a return to those who harm them.

In 2011, CCYJ developed the Washington State Model Protocol for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and launched Project Respect to build and sustain a statewide, coordinated, collaborative, and victim-centered response to CSEC. Through Project Respect, CCYJ provides vital support—including training, technical assistance, and a community of practice—for service providers, advocates, policy makers, courts, law enforcement, educators, and the community at large in the Puget Sound region and across Washington. Our partners—too many to list here—include YouthCare, Seattle Against Slavery, Organization for Prostitution Survivors, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking, and more.

Our survivor-centered response integrates the solutions of those who have lived experience and can suggest the most meaningful approaches. CCYJ employs a survivor full-time to coordinate Project Respect, oversee our annual statewide conference and data collection, provide assistance to our Coordinated Response Network, and ensure survivor voice impacts our work.

CCYJ’s Project Respect is building a statewide, coordinated, and victim-centered response to commercial sexually exploited children (CSEC) in Washington. We coordinate the implementation of the Washington State Model Protocol for CSEC, which we developed alongside over 200 partners, through six regional task forces throughout the state: in Clark, King, Spokane, Yakima, and Whatcom Counties, as well as the Tri-Cities region. We are also working with stakeholders in Kitsap, Kittitas, Pierce, and Thurston Counties in coordinating their efforts.

Population(s) Served

Launched in 2013, eQuality is identifying and addressing the unique needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth in Washington’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Our goal is to ensure the safety and maximize the potential of system-involved LGBTQ youth through innovative approaches that are proven to be effective.
CCYJ’s eQuality Project is the first statewide effort to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning
(LGBTQ) youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system find safety and support for the unique issues they face
- including youth homelessness. An estimated 40% of all homeless youth are LGBTQ with up to 24% of all homeless
youth being LGBTQ and system involved. Thanks to a grant from the Raikes Foundation and matching individual
funds, eQuality is currently engaged in a two-year effort to develop and pilot a Protocol for Safe and Affirming Care
to ensure better identification, engagement, and service for system-involved LGBTQ youth - an effort that has the
potential to impact nearly a quarter of the entire homeless youth population.

Population(s) Served

The Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (SKCCG) recognizes that gangs are not just a big city
problem - schools in suburban King County report escalating problems with gangs and associated violence, drugs, and crime. SKCCG is the first multi-jurisdictional effort in the nation to use a proven model to address gang involvement in a large region. Serving the communities of Auburn, Bellevue, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, and
Tukwila, the SKCCG does the hard work of intervening with gang-involved kids - engaging youth in school, connecting
them to counseling, substance abuse treatment, and other services, addressing difficult family issues, and offering
them opportunities to succeed. We are changing the future for kids and communities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CCYJ was founded in 2006 with one mission: reform the foster care and youth justice systems to improve the lives of generations of children and youth. Our focus is large-scale, lasting systemic change. We carry out the research, pilot projects, policy advocacy, and grassroots engagements that make that change possible. No one else is doing this critical work.

More than 50,000 children and youth in Washington are involved in the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems. Too often, these are “feeder" systems to commercial sex trafficking, homelessness, and prisons. Too often, “system alumni" drop out of school, succumb to substance abuse, live on the streets or in poverty, and become young and unprepared parents—starting the cycle all over again. CCYJ's goal is to stop that vicious cycle.

Unlike many nonprofit organizations that provide essential, practical services to meet the immediate needs of foster kids or troubled youth, we work to effect permanent and lasting change within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In collaboration with others, CCYJ identifies and implements innovative systemic changes in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This improves significant outcomes both for the individuals involved and for society. Our results have been and will be enacted into state law; adopted as practices and procedures by courts, schools, and public agencies; and developed into new treatments and interventions for at-risk, abused, or neglected children and their families. The laws, policies, and programs CCYJ develops are breaking cycles of poverty, crime, and abuse by giving kids and communities new tools for addressing old problems.

CCYJ is the only organization in Washington state focused solely on improving the foster care and juvenile justice systems. In 2006, CCYJ was selected to manage a $10 million grant by the MacArthur Foundation to lead its juvenile justice reform initiative in Washington. Working at the grassroots level in six counties, CCYJ guided legal system professionals, community leaders, parents, youth, and citizens in identifying and implementing ways to improve their juvenile justice systems. Today, more than 80 reforms have been implemented.

No one person or organization working alone can achieve results at the scale we need. We believe strongly in the need for collaboration, because it produces large-scale change. CCYJ collaborates with courts, schools, foster care, juvenile courts, mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment providers, community leaders, parents, youth, and other partners to identify and implement enduring systemic change. This concept is as fundamental to CCYJ as it is to the Roadmap Project, also a CCYJ partner.

Founding President/CEO Bobbe Bridge spent nearly 20 years as a judge in the King County Juvenile Court system and as a Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. She developed in-depth firsthand knowledge about how the systems work and don't, and has unique insight into how they could be improved. She also developed excellent relationships and gained the respect of people in the systems that CCYJ is now working to reform.

As CCYJ celebrates 10 years of impact in 2016, we are especially proud of these 10 contributions to systems reform.

1. Children who are commercially sexually trafficked are identified and given protection, not punishment.
2. The experiences of LGBTQ youth in Washington state's foster care and juvenile justice systems are part of the training of all Washington state corrections officers.
3. Laws have been enacted to ensure youth facing mental health challenges can receive the treatment they need.
4. For the first time in the nation, elected and appointed officials come together regionally to find common solutions to gang violence.
5. Former foster youth can receive legal assistance to help them reach for their future without being blocked by their past.
6. Key decision makers came together, reviewed and took action on outstanding recommendations from 10 years of research on child welfare systems reform.
7. Courts trying to reduce disproportionalities in the foster care and juvenile justice systems can base practice changes on robust data.
8. Truancy interventions keep kids in school and out of the courts.
9. Infants and toddlers in foster care can receive treatment with their birth parents, strengthening the parent-child bond and increasing family reunification.
10. Law enforcement agencies and young people from communities of color can access a curriculum that engages them in dialogue and improves their communication with each other.

While great progress has been made, these outcomes need to be more deeply embedded and dispersed statewide.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback



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Board of directors
as of 04/05/2023
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Board chair

Megan Wells


Term: 2021 - 2023

Pepper Austin

Anderson Tax, LLC

Jon Bridge

Ben Bridge Jeweler

Benjamin Danielson

Odessa Brown Children's Clinic

Davina Inslee

Global Good of Intellectual Ventures

Mark Maleng

Trident Seafoods

Evan Shapiro

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dan Shih

Susman Godfrey LLP

Rachel Sottile

Center for Children & Youth Justice

Jennifer Temple

Contextual Genomics

Barney Voegtlen

Kitsap Children's Clinic

Megan Wells

Navigant Consulting

Sarah Shaikh

University of WA

Shawna Dean

Senior Director, Associate General Counsel Clarivate

Tal Eidelman

Product Manager Google

Terri Green

Director of Advancement Hillel University of Washington

Natasha Khanna

City of Seattle Assistant City Attorney

Intisar Surur

Lobbyist McBride Public Affairs

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/05/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.