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)
Bridges – Seattle Alternative Peer Group
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
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
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.