Photography Supports Mia’s Sobriety

by Susan Richardson

Through Reclaiming Futures Snohomish County, and the Promising Artists in Recovery (PAIR) mentors, Mia stays sober and finds beautiful things to photograph around every corner.

Reclaiming Futures helps communities break the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. Learn more at www.reclaimingfutures.org


Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state’s juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

 

Natalie: Reclaiming Futures Helped Me!

by Susan Richardson

Through Reclaiming Futures Snohomish County, and the Promising Artists in Recovery (PAIR) mentors, Natalie gives up life on the streets to follow her dream of studying photography.  

 

Reclaiming Futures helps communities break the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. Learn more at www.reclaimingfutures.org


Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state’s juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

 

 

Guy: A Young Artist in Recovery Tells His Story

by Kathy Haggerty

Have you considered lending your talent to young people in your community? If so, the story below, the first of three weekly videos from young people, should provide the nudge you need.

In this three-minute video, Guy, a well-known graffiti artist in Snohomish County, Washington, describes his transformation as a Promising Artists in Recovery (PAIR) participant.

Through Reclaiming Futures Snohomish County, Henri Wilson and other generous adults are mentoring young artists in the county’s juvenile justice system who have substance abuse issues. By engaging in calligraphy, painting and photography classes, teens are viewing life through a different lens.

Note: This is the first in a series of three videos about young artists in Reclaiming Futures Snohomish County. 

Related Promising Artists in Recovery (PAIR) posts:
http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/blog/Positive-Youth-Development-Mentoring-Snohomish
http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/blog/reclaiming-futures-program-giving-youth-chance-clean-slate
http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/blog/clean-slate


Kathy Haggerty has worked for Snohomish County Superior Court since January 2000. She manages the Guardian Ad Litem Program, Guardianship case management, Pro Tem Registry, and supervises the Judicial Coordinators at the Trial Setting, Arbitration, Jury, Interpreter and Family Court desks. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University (2003) and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington (2009). She became Project Director of Reclaiming Futures Snohomish County in November 2012.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Supporting Father Involvement in Santa Cruz

by Susan Richardson

According to Papas, funded by the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention, it is estimated that one in three children in the United States lives without their biological father. Children who live in homes with absent biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems and to be victims of child abuse.

Reclaiming Futures Santa Cruz County is taking preventative action through Hands on Fatherhood, a program designed for fathers and father-figures to encourage each other and increase meaningful father-child relationships. In the video below, Community Fellow, Jaime Molina, describes the wonderful work they are doing to connect fathers and children.  

 

 

Many thanks to Jaime and caring adults everywhere! 

Please call (503) 725-8911 to learn more about bringing Reclaiming Futures to your community.


Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state’s juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

 

 

 

Ventura Teen Finds Hope Through Juvenile Drug Court

by Susan Richardson

An estimated 130 young people arrested each year in Ventura County, California, are diagnosed with substance abuse or co-occurring mental illness problems. But there is good news for these teens and their families.

Ventura County’s juvenile drug court is turning young lives around with the help of Reclaiming Futures.

Our team recently worked with "JM" to access appropriate treatment and connect to a support system beyond treatment.   

Ventura County Reclaiming Futures is working to improve the quality of alcohol and drug treatment services by:

  • Implementing the Reclaiming Futures model in juvenile drug court
  • Increasing treatment services
  • Implementing the Seven Challenges program
  • Increasing gender-specific treatment
  • Increasing pro-social opportunities
  • Improving coordination with school systems 
  • Tailoring treatment to the developmental needs of youth

Learn more about the Reclaiming Futures model at http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/model.


 

Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state’s juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.