Announcing 33 Youth Development Awards

Young people thrive when they have access to safe, supportive environments, that provide a sense of belonging. Our Youth Development strategy resources programs that provide mentorship, leadership opportunities, connections to community and supports young people in learning about healthy relationships and positive identity development.  

Through our Youth Development strategy, we are proud to reach about 5,000 young people in King County each year. Learn more about our Youth Development strategy by reading our one-pager.  

We are excited to announce the 33 awardees for our Youth Development request for proposal (RFP). 

Youth Development Awardees: 

Adaptive and Inclusive Movement Initiative (AIM)  


Bike Works  

Bridges – Seattle Alternative Peer Group  

Celebrating Roots  

City of Shoreline  

Communities In Schools of Seattle (CISS)  

Communities of Rooted Brilliance (CRB)  

Community for Youth (CfY)  

Dispute Resolution Center of King County (KCDRC)  

Empower Youth Network  

Gender Odyssey Alliance/ Trans Families  

Hip Hop Is Green  

Institute for Community Leadership Training and Organizing  

KBTC/Bates Technical College  

Khalsa Gurmat Center  

Korean Community Service Center  

Lambert House  

New Horizons  

Rainier Athletes  

Sea Potential  

Solid Ground WA  

Speak With Purpose (SWP)  

STEM Paths Innovation Network  

The 4C Coalition  

The Garage, A Teen Café  

The South End Ultimate Program dba AGE UP  

The Vera Project  


Urban ArtWorks  

UTOPIA (United Territories Of Pacific Islanders Alliance) Washington  

Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation  

Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) 

Highlights of the work ahead 

The Youth Development strategy is oriented around supporting young people as they develop their sense of identity and community in a safe and healthy context. This strategy plays out in a variety of programming – from the arts, to sports, to peer mentorship. We seek to support programs that reach young people from under-resourced communities, young people who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, who live in rural communities, who come from immigrant communities, and/or whose first language isn’t English.  

Here’s what some of the awardees say about their work: 

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