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2019-2020 ESJ Opportunity Fund

The ESJ Opportunity Fund is a competitive process ran by the Office of Equity and Social Justice that provides resources to King County employees to develop and implement projects that work to advance equity and social justice and that complements the ESJ Strategic Plan. This year thirty-three applications were received totaling over $185,000 in requests, with a 2019-2020 ESJ Opportunity Fund budget of $75,000.  This was a highly competitive process that highlights the commitment across the County to equity and social justice work; commitment not only at the department and agency level but also of our employees as individuals.

The selected projects come from all across King County and are doing a range of ESJ related work throughout the County. The following projects were selected to receive funding:

  1. Attendance at a Racial Justice Conference- The Black and African Affinity Group of King County 
  2. ESJ Resource Library- Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention 
  3. Reading for ESJ- Department of Community and Human Services 
  4. Building Racial Equity into the Coordinated Entry System- Department of Community and Human Services 
  5. Cultures Connecting Training- District Court 
  6. ESJ Resource Library- District Court
  7. Racial Microaggressions Training- Department of Judicial Administration 
  8. Learning on Native Ecology and Land Use- Department of Natural Resources and Parks 
  9. New Media Outreach- Department of Public Defense
  10. Eastgate Forum- Department of Public Health 
  11. Investment in Staff Professional Development- Department of Public Health
  12. ESJ Library for Lab Staff- Department of Public Health
  13. Transforming White Privilege Train the Trainer- King County Information Technology 
  14. Lunch and Learn Speakers Forum- King County Information Technology 
  15. ESJ Training for Call Center Employees- Metro Transit
  16. Scholarships for POC and Native Employees Professional Development- Office of Equity & Social Justice/Countywide 
  17. ESJ Seminars- Prosecuting Attorney Office

Best Starts for Kids

King County Executive Dow Constantine has announced an initiative - called Best Starts for Kids - that will provide the resources needed to prevent negative outcomes in the community and put every child on a path toward lifelong success. 

Justice system

King County is committed to reducing racial dis-proportionality in the juvenile justice system.  Learn more.  

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