Starcia Ague is a Youth and Family Advocate Program Administrator with the Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration. She received the 2009 Spirit of Youth Award for rehabilitating juvenile offenders and was part of the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change, a juvenile justice reform initiative. Governor Chris Gregoire eventually pardoned Starcia, the first juvenile offender ever pardoned in Washington State. She recently achieved four major distinctions, and her manuscript, "Trouble to Triumph: Fighting for Education Equality as an Incarcerated Youth," was published by the Harvard Educational Review. She was also named a 2012 Champion for Change as part of the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change; received the first Crosscut Courage Award in public service; and most recently, was selected as a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow.
Starcia has also served on the Governor's Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice for the last three years and recently was reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee. She is a frequent contributor to training programs for attorneys working in the area of youth legal services.
Her goal of empowering youth is one of the reasons Starcia obtained a degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 2010. Previously, she was a Program Coordinator at the University of Washington's Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy.