The Theft 3 and Mall Safety (T3AMS) Project is a pilot project designed to lower the number of youth theft cases and charges in Tukwila at the Westfield Southcenter Mall. Theft 3 cases consist of theft in the amount of $750 or less.
The T3AMS project provides immediate on-site support to young people ages 12-18 who make the mistake of shoplifting. Referrals to ongoing services and opportunities are also provided. These services aim to break the harmful cycle of arrest and prosecution and reduce costs for businesses related to theft and disruption.
GEM provides immediate services and support to young people at an on-site office. After an initial meeting, GEM connects young people to ongoing services like mentoring, job training, and academic support provided by GEM Case Managers.
The Truancy Prevention and Education Re-engagement program in partnership with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO), focuses on re-engaging youth and finding innovative ways to enforce truancy laws. Through a referral process, the PAO refers 20-25 youth ranging from ages 12-17 years old. Once the referral is received by GEM, high-level services are provided. Based on the individual needs of the child these services range from education, wellness mentoring circle groups, drug and alcohol treatment, mentorship, and housing.
This mentorship program is designed to inform, interact, inspire and provide beneficial information on addressing dropout prevention/intervention symptoms that prevent youth and young adults from doing what is right for the well-being of themselves and others. The PAO values support and is committed to truancy prevention and education re-engagement.