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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of six profiles of 2017 mayoral candidates we'll be publishing in the coming weeks.
In a community center just blocks away from King County's juvenile lockup, Nikkita Oliver stares at a whiteboard marked with the names of teenagers considered for enrollment in Creative Justice, an alternatives-to-incarceration arts education program for youth.
Money is tight, and five of the 23 names on the whiteboard need to go. Aaron Counts, the program's lead engagement artist, puts a yellow mark next to students who might not be able to return. One student came to the program through a friend but isn't currently involved in the court system. Others may just not be the right fit for this particular program.
But Oliver desperately wants to avoid telling students they can't return to the program, which she views as a safe space for youth who aren't afforded the same benefit at home or at school.Read article »