Sheriff's LEAD The Way Program

Our goal is to provide Leadership, Encouragement and Direction to our youth in Snohomish County.  

In summer 2021, Sheriff Adam Fortney started a first-ever program for youth in Snohomish County. The program is developed for youth who may be involved in the criminal justice system or at a crossroads in their life. The weekly classes are rooted in life skills, decision making, accountability, and leadership. Sheriff Fortney will lead each class with help from community leaders, Sheriff’s Office personnel and local business professionals.  

The classes will cover the following topics: 

  • Week 1: Program Overview, Mentor Introductions, Parent Introductions, Goal Setting, Presentation from America's Promise Project (APP) on Racism and Racial Equity
  • Week 2: Presentation from MMA trainer Chris Garcia and Lt. Becky Lewis 
  • Week 3: Drug and Alcohol Use and Impacts of Decision Making 
  • Week 4: Careers & Professions, Tour of Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center 
  • Week 5: Presentation from U.S. Navy, Captain Alonzo Downing, Non-profit Hope for Homies
  • Week 6: Field Trip and Tour of Snohomish County Corrections Facility (Jail)
  • Week 7: Guest Speakers on Overcoming Life Obstacles,  Long-term Mentoring
  • Week 8: Graduation Night! 

The program will also provide students an optional mentorship once the course is completed.  The class will culminate with a graduation and career night featuring representatives from all over Snohomish County, to include business leaders, military representatives, Sheriff’s Office personnel, trades and different options for post-high school education.  

WHO: Youth between the ages 13 and 17 who have committed a crime or who are at a crossroads in life and struggling to make good decisions. The perfect candidate is someone who could benefit from a program rooted in life skills, decision making, accountability, and leadership. 

WHAT: A youth program that takes place one night a week for eight weeks and on two Saturdays. The weeknight courses will be two hours and take place in a classroom setting. The two Saturdays will be dedicated to community service projects which will be selected by the students during the second class (the Saturday time commitment may vary depending on which community service project the students choose).  

WHEN: January 26-March 16, Wednesdays from 5-7pm

WHERE: Everett, Wash.


  1. Download and fill out the application here
  2. Submit it via email to 

Available slots: 20

Application deadline: January 12, 2022