YMCA of Greater Seattle Programs
The Y takes on the most urgent needs in our community, such as bridging the educational achievement gap, preventing chronic disease and addressing food insecurity.
Everything we do is designed to nurture the potential of children and teens (Youth Development), improve health and well-being (Healthy Living), and motivate people to support their neighbors and the larger community (Social Responsibility).
Because we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, the Y is for Youth Development. Through the Y, thousands of local youth are learning the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement – right now and in the future.
Through our 13 branches and two resident camps, the Y promotes Healthy Living. We’re passionate about providing guidance and resources to help people maximize their health and prevent chronic disease. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters community connections through fitness, sports and shared interests.
The Y has been listening and responding to the needs of our neighbors since 1876. Social Responsibility is central to who we are. Through education and training in neighborhoods, connecting diverse demographic populations and building healthier communities with partners, the Y fosters care and respect for all.
The Powerful Schools program is committed to helping struggling young readers gain the skills they need to succeed. We provide one-on-one tutoring, otherwise beyond the financial reach of some of the families we serve. Powerful Schools recruits and trains reading tutors from the community, using proven curricula developed by Washington Research Institute.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Y takes on challenges that threaten our community's present and future.
Recently the Y:
- Was honored with a Champion of Change award from the White House for work preventing gang violence.
- Nurtured and inspired 80,00 children and teens.
- Assisted 150 people in changing their lifestyles and preventing diabetes through the Y Diabetes Prevention Program.
While the Y is proud of our success, we recognize the distinct need for kids to have access to positive role models in safe, supportive environment. There is a growing need for the work the Y does to ensure that you are healthy and successful. Each young person's needs are different which is why the Y offers over 200 programs to assist with everything from educational success to outdoor leadership to hunger relief.
Your support turns obstacles into opportunities. Thank you for considering making a gift to the Y.