CHOOSE 180 transforms the lives of youth and young adults by partnering with institutional leaders, connecting them with community, empowering them with choice, and teaching them the skills necessary to avoid engagement with the criminal legal system.

In 2011, CHOOSE 180 was formed as a community-centered effort in partnership with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  This extraordinary nonprofit strives to impact disproportionality, keep youth out of the juvenile justice system and break the school-to-prison pipeline.  Serving as an emergency room for young people in crisis CHOOSE 180 helps young people in crisis identify what’s wrong, the behaviors that keep them stuck, and the path toward positive change. Studies conducted by the University of Washington's Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy division and King County's Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget show that CHOOSE 180 is more effective than established comparison programs at reducing recidivism and addressing disproportionality.

CHOOSE 180 envisions a future where youthful behavior is decriminalized and young people are offered restorative practices in lieu of traditional prosecution. In place of the school to prison pipeline a community will exist to help young people realize their potential and provide them with the tools necessary to achieve their goals

This month, Seattle Met is highlighting the ten nonprofits that participated in our virtual Generocity 2020 event, presented by Vulcan. It’s not too late to register! Tickets are free and all attendees are automatically entered to win prizes from local restaurants and retailers, signed Seattle Seahawks gear and a weekend getaway provided by Columbia Hospitality valued at $1500! Click here to learn more about these remarkable nonprofits, watch on-demand content and plan your holiday and end-of-year giving!