YMCA of Snohomish County Programs
The Minority Achievers Program (MAP) is the only program in Snohomish County dedicated to helping minority and first-generation youth set and achieve academic and career goals. MAP provides motivation and support to ethnic minority and first generation immigrant youth ages 11 – 19 and their families. MAP currently serves over 800 students through 14 different sites throughout the county and remains a cornerstone of the YMCA of Snohomish County’s teen programming.
YMCA of Snohomish County is the largest provider of early childhood education and school age after school support for children age 8 weeks through elementary school in Snohomish County, serving over 1,200 children daily at 24 child care sites in the communities of Everett, Mukilteo, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Mill Creek, Marysville, Arlington, Stanwood, Snohomish and Lakewood. Approximately 30% of our families receive direct financial assistance, providing opportunity for families struggling to pay for quality care the ability to enroll their child in premium care. YMCA Child Care programs are nurturing and challenging. Our classrooms provide children with a platform on which to build developmental assets as identified by The Search Institute. While participating in a wide variety of safe activities under the watchful eyes of caring, professionally trained adults, children are having fun and growing socially, mentally and physically. The opportunity to develop decision making, sharing and teamwork skills will serve children throughout their development into young adults.
As a local affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, BBBS is proud to belong to the largest, oldest, and most effective youth mentoring organization in the world. On April 1, 2001 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County merged with the YMCA of Snohomish County. BBBS is a prevention-focused youth mentoring organization that creates and monitors safe, nurturing relationships between caring adult volunteers and over 200 children between the ages of 6 and 18. Our service is an effective combination of informal friendship and mentoring, backed by professional screening, training and supervision. There is no charge to the children or families who receive services from our agency.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The YMCA of Snohomish County continues to seek opportunity for increased impact in the communities we serve through expanded outreach and reimagined facility space all under the leadership and guidance of over 1,200 volunteers annually. We recently opened two new Youth Development Centers in Marysville and south Everett, both of which are serving youth in need of positive afterschool activities that support their academic pursuits and illuminate a brighter future for them. Additionally, we are working to expand services to the rural communities of Stanwood- Camano through a strong volunteer base and partnerships with the school district and other community leaders.
In our effort to improve accessibility and expand services to our community, the Y is pursuing 2 capital development projects to include a new Everett Family YMCA to replace the 102 year old current facility and a new Stanwood Y. As the greater Everett community has evolved over the decades, the need for facility replacement to more effectively achieve the YMCA’s mission is evident, including the demand to improve accessibility and program delivery. Stanwood and its close neighbor Camano Island are connected through geographical and historical affinities. There is a strong sense of “community” but no central gathering place with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Situated in the northernmost region of Snohomish County, a Stanwood Y would be ideally located to provide services for the underserved region.