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2017-2018 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-nine applications were received totaling over $290,000 in requests, with a 2017-2018 ESJ Opportunity Fund budget of $100,000.  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. Anti-Racism Training- Public Health: Columbia City  
  2. Best Starts for Kids Health Survey Community Data Dives- Department of Community and Human Services
  3. Communities of Opportunity & Workforce Access and Inclusion- Department of Executive Services Business Development & Department of Community and Human Services
  4. Connecting Partners Beyond Services- Public Health: Prevention
  5. Creating "A Pathway to Public Service with King County Solid Waste Division"- Department of Natural Resources and Parks: Solid Waste
  6. ESJ Legislative Training and Speaker Panel Program- Legislative
  7. Equity and Race Training with Youth Leaders- Department of Natural Resources and Parks
  8. Increasing Accessibility in King County District Court- District Court
  9. KCIT Lunch and Learn-- Speakers Forum- King County Information Technology
  10. King County in Schools- Department of Executive Services
  11. Leading with Race for Homeless Housing Investments in King County- Department of Community and Human Services
  12. New Media Outreach- Public Defense
  13. Preventing Gender-Based Violence Through Public Awareness- One King County Initiative to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  14. Professional Development for Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers- Superior Court
  15. Traces of the Trade: Examining the Public/Private Histories of Inequity- Department of Executive Services
  16. Transit Transcreation: Developing Best Practices for Transcreation of Materials- Metro Transit
  17. Unpacking White Privilege in the Workplace- Superior Court & Judicial Administration

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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