Host: Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration
Starcia Ague will launch a project to develop the leadership capacity of youth held in detention facilities in Washington state to prepare them for engaged and productive lives once released.
Following her release from the Washington state juvenile justice system at the age of 21, Ague became the first and only “juvenile lifer” to be pardoned by the governor. She is now a highly sought-after speaker and trainer on issues related to system-involved youth in Washington State and nationally. Ague, who holds a degree in criminal justice from Washington State University, is the 2009 recipient of Washington State’s “Spirit of Youth Award” and the MacArthur Foundation’s 2012 “Champion for Change Award,” was appointed by the governor to serve on the Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice, and is a recent appointee to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.
Her article, “Trouble to Triumph: Fighting for Educational Equity as an Incarcerated Youth,” was published in the book, Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline (Harvard Educational Review, 2012).