Sheriff's LEAD The Way Program

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

Sheriff Fortney is hosting a first-ever program for youth in Snohomish County. This program is for youth who may be involved in the criminal justice system or at a crossroads in their life when it comes to decision making.  The Sheriff will lead each class with help from community leaders, Sheriff’s Office personnel and local business professionals.  The classes will cover the following topics: 

  • Goal Setting
  • Racism and Racial Equity
  • Dangers of Social Media 
  • Decision Making 
  • Impacts of Decision Making 
  • Drug and Alcohol Use 
  • Careers & Professions
  • Long-term Mentoring
  • Corrections Field Trip 
  • Civics - Real Life

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: The start date for the next program is TBD, but is expected to be announced later this year. 

WHERE: Weeknight classes will be held in south Snohomish County. 


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

Available slots: 20

Application deadline: Continuous