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Religious Service Provider (Chaplain, etc.)
Religious Service Provider (Chaplain, etc.)


King County Youth Service Center 1211 E Alder St
Seattle, WA 98122

Position: Religious Service Provider

Goal of the Position: To develop relationships with youth that are involved with incarceration that will promote positive relationships, development, and decision-making through a religious and spiritual lens.

Role: The Religious Service Provider's role is to support a variety of youth by:

  • Empowering them to resolve current issues and to develop coping strategies for the future, through a religious and spiritual lens.
  • Provide a model for a healthy, trusting relationship through clear communication and setting appropriate boundaries, through a religious and spiritual lens.
  • Acknowledging their strengths, talents and gifts and encouraging them to find ways to use them, through a religious and spiritual lens.
  • Be an active listener and offer support and encouragement when appropriate, through a religious and spiritual lens.
  • Provide appropriate religious and spiritual education.


  • Complete application process, consisting of application, references, interview, background checks and volunteer training.
  • Monthly supervision reports to the Program Coordinator.
  • Maintain confidentiality of participants.
  • Clear communication with the youth, staff and Program Coordinator.
  • Meet a variety of youth and provide a listening presence focused on co-creating a session together.


  • Willingness to provide emotional, social, and practical support within limits.
  • Knowledge of one’s boundaries and ability to set limits with others.
  • Recognition that all people have strengths and they need to discover and use them.
  • Completed background check and training.

Time Commitment:

  • One year commitment
  • 4-6 hours a month of dependable,

    weekly contact including learning and playful activities


  • King County Detention Center
  • A Religious Service Provider is not to bring a youth to their home. 


  • Monthly supervision reports provided to the Program Coordinator.
  • Monthly trainings provided by the Program Coordinator (both synchronous and asynchronous and allowing for summer vacation)
  • Individual meetings with Program Coordinator when necessary.


  • Make a difference in the life of youth.
  • Learn about yourself, personal growth.
  • Give back and contribute to the community.
  • Have fun!

Download: Application Checklist

Application checklist for volunteering as a religious service provider (chaplain, study leader, Imam, etc.) or as a mentor.


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