Smile Power

  Echo Glen Children's Center

Echo Glen is a Washington State Juvenile Detention facility and a school operated by the Issaquah School District.  There are approximately 125 youth as young as 10 and up to 20 years old that come from every part of the state; all have great untapped potential. National studies show that 80 to 85% of young people in the juvenile justice system have at one time been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. This seems to be a continuous cycle - one that Echo Glen staff is determined to break. These kids crave positive attention from adults and need good role models.  Nearly all have dangerously low self-esteem.

International Smile Power volunteers began partnering with Echo Glen youth and staff in 1999.  Our first outreach created a bridge of friendship between the youth at EG and orphans in Bolivia.  We saw how life-transforming helping others can be for these youth which led to inviting more caring adults to surround these great kids in many more ways.

Our community of compassionate people supporting the youth has grown so exponentially that we had to move all the volunteer opportunities to a new website:

CLICK HERE for ways to support the youth at Echo Glen Children's Center

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