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March 2012 Bar Bulletin

Pete Carroll Receives Maleng Award for Youth and Gang Violence Prevention


The Center for Children & Youth Justice recognized Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll with the fifth annual Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award at a breakfast fundraiser for the Center on March 1 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Carroll earned the award in recognition of his creation of A Better Seattle, the organization he launched in 2011 to combat youth and gang violence in our community.

"We're thrilled that Coach Carroll has transplanted such a successful program from Los Angeles to help create ‘A Better Seattle' in his new home," said Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), founding president and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice. "Not only is it combating violence and improving the lives of our young people, it has galvanized several key organizations to work together to benefit our community long into the future."

The Center's own efforts on gang intervention include initiating the South King County Coordinating Council on Gangs, which is working toward a comprehensive and cooperative process to address gangs throughout communities in south King County and Bellevue.

Partnering with the YMCA and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, A Better Seattle - also supported by Microsoft's Steve Ballmer - promotes and funds efforts to deploy former street youth as outreach workers to intervene directly with vulnerable young people. The goal is to help youth avoid gangs or get out safely if they are already involved. The local effort builds upon the success of A Better L.A. Foundation, which Carroll founded when he was coaching at USC.

"We are honored to receive the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award," Carroll said. "Our work with A Better Seattle and A Better L.A. is in the spirit of what Mr. Maleng believed. And that work is built on the notion that the greatest of things can happen for young people - especially for the most at-risk and oftentimes overlooked young people - if we provide them with a little coaching and direction. Our street outreach workers are transforming our community by reducing violence and connecting with young people in a way that creates hope and helps them understand what they can become."

Named in honor of the late King County prosecuting attorney, the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award recognizes those who show exemplary leadership, dedication and commitment to the youth and families of Washington. Previous recipients include the Maleng family, Perkins Coie LLC, Anne Ramsay-Jenkins of the College Success Foundation, and Jim Mallahan.

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