Erick T. King, Co-Founder of the Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP), has a passion for problem solving and community development in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. CYEP’s mission is to inspire communities to invest in social connection to establish healthy relationships and adopt safety and wellness. The community-based programs include Fatherhood services, HIV/STD/Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Teen Dating Violence Prevention, and Mental Health Awareness/Suicide Prevention training for teens.
With over 19 years of experience in juvenile justice including work in Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, Fairfax County Boy’s probation House, Arlington County Court Service Unit probation officer, and Arlington County Juvenile Probation Unit Supervisor. Erick has helped to support a changes to the justice system including evidence-based practices, trauma informed care, and cognitive-based interventions in community supervision. His combination of leadership, community-based programming, and work in juvenile justice gives him a unique perspective to create change and positive impact for underserved populations.
Erick earned a BS in Sociology with a concentration in crime and deviance and a BA in Political Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in May, 2000.