Our current Action Teams & Planning Committees include Teen Closet, Kids Care Coat & Book Drive, Youth Involvement Conference and Community Leadership Awards Planning Committee, Youth Link Marketing and Bellevue Youth Court.
Teen Closet is a clothing bank program operated by Bellevue Youth Link, in partnership with Bellevue Plato's Closet, World Impact Network, Bel-Red Self Storage, and other community organizations.
Teen Closet is a youth driven initiative that started with the intent to fill in the age and style gap that current clothing banks have. The Bellevue Youth Council made the project into an action team, and had its first event in 2001 in partnership with World Impact Network and Bellevue Plato's Closet, Teen Closet's main clothing donor.
Kids Care Coat & Book Drives
BELLEVUE –Bellevue Youth Link needs your help in collecting new and gently used coats—as well as books for youth, teens and adults in our community.
Last year, the Kids Care Coat Drive collected and distributed over 3,500 coats for Bellevue families in need, and the need may be even greater this year. In addition to new and gently used coats, books are also being collected this year to help local residents have more access to books.
Coat and book donations can be dropped off through Monday, Jan. 6, at Bellevue City Hall, all community centers and select businesses and schools.
list of drop-off locations, visit
Donated coats and books will be distributed to Bellevue families in need on Jan. 7, 4 to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St., while supplies last.
Volunteers are also needed to help sort and distribute the donations. For information about donating or volunteering, contact Patrick Alina, Youth Link Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 425-452-5254, or visit http://www.youthlink.com
For information about the coat and book distribution event, contact Vicki Drake, Community Services Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-4874.
The coat drive is supported by Bellevue Plato’s Closet, Bel-Red Self Storage, and the Bellevue Home Depot. The book drive is part of a student project at International School in partnership with Eastside Pathways and “Be the Bridge”, a project that connects students with books.
Bellevue Youth Link is a partnership of the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Public Schools that provides teens with opportunities to have an active voice and make a positive difference in the community
Students interested in marketing will learn and work in team settings by helping develop marketing tools and products for the Youth Link Program. Team members will help develop print media materials (i.e. brochures, posters), maintain our social media presence, and help develop our monthly online newsletter publication called “Youth Connect” at Bellevue Patch, an online grassroots news and community info resource
How to Join
If you are interested in joining this Action Team, please contact Patrick Alina at 425.452.5254, or via e-mail at email@example.com
Bellevue Youth Court is a partnership between the City of Bellevue and King County to reduce the recidivism rates among juvenile committing divertible crimes in the Bellevue area. Based on Whatcom County’s Bellevue Youth Court Program, the Bellevue Youth Court is a three-year pilot project funded by the City of Bellevue/Youth Link Program and authorized by King County Superior Court.
Bellevue Youth Court will be evaluated by an independent agency on the
impact on youth respondents and youth volunteers participating in the youth
Bellevue Youth Court was launched January 29, 2008 and court is held monthly hearing two court cases per court session. 30-50 youth are trained as youth judges, jurors, bailiffs, clerks, and prosecuting and defense advocates (attorneys). Attorneys serve as mentors and guide the Defense and Prosecution Teams for each case.
King County Superior Court judges—Carol Schapira and Harry McCarthy oversee the Bellevue Youth Court project and court sessions.As of February 2008, over 110 youth and adult volunteers have been trained providing over 750 volunteer hours in training and court service
Introduce civic responsibility to Bellevue youth and teens regarding the King County Juvenile Court system.
Provide opportunities for Bellevue youth to participate in the Youth Court.
Motivate youth to take responsibility for reducing the number of teens engaged in the juvenile justice system.
Reduce Bellevue youth recidivism rates by supporting judicial education and civic accountability
Recognize and celebrate the impact of Bellevue’s youth community on civic engagement and social responsibility.
Hon. Carol Schapira, King County Superior Court
Hon. Harry McCarthy, King County Superior Court
Lt. David Sellers, Bellevue Police Department & Youth Link Board
Osbaldo Hernandez, Youth Link Board
Tandra Schwamberg, Bellevue Probation Services
Bonnie Glenn, King County Prosecutor’s Office
Darcie Chinn, Bellevue City Attorney’s Office
Helena Stephens, City of Bellevue, Parks & Community Services
Melissa Galvez, Youth Eastside Services
For more information, please contact:
Family, Youth/Teen Services Manager