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"Follower or Leader"
Age 15- 2016

The piece that I have made is called “Outcast or Opportunity?” and the theme for this artwork is “Follower or Leader”?”.

The person on the left in the piece is pointing towards opportunity but looking towards outcast. The person on the right is both pointing and looking toward outcast.

This relates to the theme because the person on the left is torn between two paths. They could choose to be a follower by taking the outcast path or they could be a leader by choosing the opportunity path.

Neither of the figures have started down a path yet so the piece shows the moment of choice for whether they will be a follower or a leader.

In conclusion, the undecided figure along with the paths in “Outcast or Opportunity” successfully represents the theme of “Follower or Leader”


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Juvenile Diversion Office
Thurston County, Washington State
(360) 918-7867

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Juvenile Diversion

Juvenile Diversion is a community-based corrections program committed to the philosophy of Restorative Justice, which balances the needs of the victim, community, and offender. Youth who are eight to seventeen years old who are charged with their first or second misdemeanor(s) or certain Class "C" felony level offenses are eligible for Diversion as an alternative to the formal Juvenile Court system. Youth are referred by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Victims are contacted and invited to choose their level of participation in the Diversion process.

A Community Accountability Board (CAB*), comprised of 3-5 volunteers, meets with the youth and their family, reviews the offense and assigns appropriate consequences. Through Diversion, youth are provided the opportunity to "repair the harm" to the victim and community by paying restitution to victims and completing community restitution hours. In addition, youth may be assigned informational classes/counseling to build the skills they will need to effectively navigate in society. Program Eligibility Youth are referred by the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in accordance with Washington State law. In order to participate in the program, the youth must admit to committing the offense and be willing to cooperate fully with the Diversion Unit. Please click here for a map and driving intructions to the Diversion office at Community Youth Services.

*If you are interested in being a CAB volunteer, please fill out our volunteer application and follow the instructions!

Services Provided

  • Intake/assessment: All youth served by the Diversion program complete an intake/assessment. If there is an indication that the youth/family is in need of other community resources, referrals are provided.
  • Case Monitoring: Case managers and volunteers monitor cases on a weekly basis to track the youths’ progress in completing their Diversion Agreements. If the youth have problems with their agreements, the staff work to assist them in successfully completing the requirements.
  • Volunteers: Staff recruit, train, and provide support to community members to encourage their voluntary participation with the Diversion Program and Community Youth Services.
  • Victims: Staff work with victims of the youths’ crimes to seek their input into cases and to determine if there remains any outstanding restitution.


450 youth each year are diverted from the formal court system by the Juvenile Diversion program. Each receives ‘due process’ and a printed ‘Advice About Diversion Rights’ form. Ninety percent of the youth successfully complete their Diversion Agreements and ninety percent of restitution dollars are collected from the offending youth and paid to their victims. Eighty community volunteers actively participate each year in the juvenile justice system by serving on Community Accountability Boards.


The parents or legal guardians of youth who receive Diversion services must pay for the services based upon their ability to pay. The fee is $150 per referral. In some circumstances, the case manager may determine that the parents or legal guardians are indigent and unable to pay any or all of the fee. In these cases, the fee may be reduced or waived.

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