The Role of Alive & Free Outreach Workers

Alive & Free is the violence prevention program of the Accelerator Y. Alive & Free builds meaningful relationships with youth involved in gangs, violence and the juvenile justice system and connects youth to people and services that help them stay Alive & Free.

Outreach is a strategy that integrates into a comprehensive response to local youth violence in partnership with other youth-serving agencies in Seattle and King County.

Using personal experience, strong ties to the local community, and extensive training, Alive & Free outreach workers help build a web of support to surround youth involved in gangs, violence and the juvenile justice system. Outreach workers go where youth are in the community and provide a bridge to relevant services, helping youth navigate challenges or conflict along the way.

Outreach workers support youth in identifying goals, such as engagement in education and employment, and overcoming the barriers to achieving these goals. If a youth is not engaging in referred services, the outreach worker plays a key role in involving the youth. In addition, outreach workers provide early intervention and are trained and expected to de-escalate conflict. They also help youth recognize their own change process and support youth by acknowledging their positive efforts.

Thank You to Our Partners Who Help Make this Work Possible

  • A Better Seattle
  • American Family Insurance
  • Center for Children & Youth Justice
  • City of Auburn
  • City of Kent
  • City of Renton
  • City of Seattle
  • City of Tukwila
  • IF Project
  • King County Juvenile Court
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Southlake High School
  • Starbucks