TV: “Young People Downtown: Realities and Opportunities”

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s June 2015 TV program provides fresh insights into the realities experienced by young people who spend a lot of time downtown. We debunk the myths and offer constructive ways for our local community to address problems and include everyone.

While this program focuses especially on young people, much of our conversation will pertain also to people of other ages whom we see downtown.

The most common way that governments and social service agencies deal with disadvantaged people is from the top down. In contrast, all three of our guests on this TV program practice solidarity with the people they serve. They create a strong interview by sharing their humane concerns, extensive experience, and important insights:

Cole Ketcherside is Program Coordinator for the Street Outreach Program of Community Youth Services. Cole has provided a variety of direct services for at-risk young people, and has been doing outreach in Olympia since 2004. Cole has a relevant bachelor’s degree and is working on a Master’s degree.

long hair david came to Olympia in 1991 after release from prison and lived in a halfway house. In Olympia he has accomplished a lot of very positive things for our local community. He started new groups, including EGYHOP (the Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project), and Books to Prisoners. He is widely respected and appreciated by many people, including me.

Meg Martin is the Program Director for the Emergency Overnight Shelter operated by Interfaith Works of Thurston County. This new shelter is located at First Christian Church, 7th & Franklin. Meg has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and seven years of experience doing street outreach, including providing mental health services.

To watch the interview, CLICK HERE.

To read a thorough summary of what we said during the interview, Program Description — June 2015.

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093