Starcia Ague is current Program Coordinator at The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy at the University of Washington. As such, she is in engaged in the selection process of mental health training materials for juvenile justice applications in connection with the MacArthur Foundation “Models for Change” project. This is a continuation of Ague’s interest in ensuring that Washington’s juvenile justice system actively engages incarcerated youth with
As a participant in the Washington State Bar Association’s Annual Access to Justice Conference Ague developed and implemented training focused on the importance of advocacy and protecting children’s rights in times of economic hardship. She provided lead testimony for the Second Substitute Senate Bill 6561 that became law in April 2010. The new law affords juvenile offenders the opportunity to overcome their past given consecutive years of exemplary behavior. Ague spoke at the Washington State Juvenile Defense Leadership Summit on the role of juvenile defenders in reform through advocacy efforts aimed at legislative, administrative and court rule procedures. She was the 2009 recipient of Washington State’s third annual Spirit of Youth Award. Ague was nominated to the Governor by the Washington State Juvenile Advisory Committee, “in recognition of the importance of the rehabilitative focus of juvenile justice and the power of personal achievement.” Starcia serves on the Governor’s Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice empowering programs and measures. Her goal of empowering youth is one of the reasons Ague obtained a degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 2010.