Inspiring story of Starcia Ague, advocate for at-risk and incarcerated youth, premieres tonight!

The IF Project is excited for Starcia Ague whose documentary premieres tonight! Starcia is an excellent example of the importance of the work of The IF Project working towards positive change in the community!

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Here is more information about Starcia from her IF Project bio:

Starcia Ague spent her early life as the abused and neglected daughter of parents immersed in drug dealing, drug abuse and other related activity. Forced out of her mother’s house at the age of 11, she went to live with her father in a methamphetamine lab. This environment created the impression for her that no one really cared and she had to do whatever she could do on her own to stay alive. An ill-thought criminal act resulted in her sentence at the age of 15 to what is commonly referred to as “juvie life”—incarceration in the juvenile justice system until the age of 21. Starcia has overcome incredible obstacles to earn a degree in Criminal Justice at Washington State University. Her work includes campaigning for reform regarding juvenile records in which she gave her testimony in support of a bill, that became law, to allow juvenile Class A felony records to be sealed. She currently works as Program Coordinator at the division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy at the University of Washington and is an advisory consultant to the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy at the University of Washington. She participates in developing training in advocacy for youth, selection of materials as part of the “MacArthur Foundation ‘Models For Change’ project and was a speaker at the Washington State Juvenile Defense Leadership Summit. Starcia was the 2009 recipient of Washington State’s third annual Spirit of Youth Award, which is bestowed on juvenile offenders who go on to excel in life, and was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on the Governor’s Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice. “I want to work with youth to help them avoid the mistakes I made. I want to help them learn to value education…to understand that knowledge, education, a degree, are things no one can ever take from you.”

For more information: www.starciaague.org

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