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The Accelerator YMCA offers services in Seattle and King County, building stronger community as part of the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s family of branches and camps. Since 1973, the Accelerator Y (formerly Metrocenter) has been a catalyst for sparking young people to build self-confidence, resilience and hope, and to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

The Accelerator YMCA provides a full spectrum of programming that engages young people from different socioeconomic backgrounds and life experiences. 40 years and counting, the Accelerator Y continues to provide innovative opportunities for youth to become healthier, make better choices, participate in life-changing leadership experiences, and create stronger communities. 

Our mission is simple: To accelerate young people's ability to build safe, successful and happy lives.

Community Need

Thousands of young people in the Greater Seattle Area struggle to find the support they need to be safe, successful and happy. In 2015, we helped to fulfill that need by serving 10,000 young people and their families. The Accelerator YMCA provides a continuum of high impact and innovative programs for young people that prevent harm, promote success and enrich lives. The Accelerator Y shares successful approaches with other organizations to accelerate positive impact broadly.

The Accelerator YMCA relies upon the support of generous community members to ensure young people are supported. In 2016, nearly $400,000 of philanthropy is required to meet our mission.


 Our Approach

Continuum of services
The Accelerator YMCA  offers a continuum of services. The three main pillars of this continuum are: Preventing Harm, Promoting Success, and Enrhiching Lives. Each person we serve has specific needs, and we offer a variety of programs that clients can participate in to help them achieve their goals.
Preventing Harm
The Accelerator YMCA offers a variety of programs to help young people and their families be stronger.
Examples of Programs Include: Eviction Prevention, Alive & Free Youth Violence Prevention, Parent Youth Connection Seminar, Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System, and Building Blocks.
Promoting Success
The Accelerator YMCA  has the tools and support that young people need when transitioning into adulthood.
Examples of Programs Include: Lifelong Connections, Interagency, Academy, Employment Readiness, Paid Internships, Mental Health Services, Chemical Dependency Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Rapid Re-Housing.
Enriching Lives
The Accelerator YMCA offers several opportunities for youth to get further involved in the community.
Examples of Programs Include: Puget Sound Off, Get Engaged, Member Ambassador Committee, and YMCA Facility Memberships.
The innovative programming of the Accelerator YMCA  produces the following outcomes:
· Young people are self-sufficient
· Families are healthy, strong and connected
· Reduced youth involvement in gangs, violence and crime
· Growing future leaders



Y Helping to End Youth Homelessness

The Y is involved in an ambitious public-private effort to end youth homelessness by the year 2020. Read more in this Crosscut article

Raikes Foundation Joins Y for United Way Day of Caring

Special thanks to The Raikes Foundation team for volunteering at this year’s United Way Day of Caring event, hosted by the Y in partnership with the Urban League. The team spent a Friday painting, cleaning and landscaping Harder House, a transitional living facility and program for young adults transitioning to adulthood. Read more about the Y's Day of Caring event.

Young Artist Featured in Seattle Times Story

Abraham Tesfelaise--a recent refugee from Eritrea, accomplished artist, and champion for the YMCA--was featured in the Seattle Times article “Here to escape war, winning artist works to smile".

Calling all fans of the Y and the Seattle Seahawks

​The YMCA of Greater Seattle has been selected to participate in the Seattle Seahawks’ Spirit of 12 partnership. Help distribute gameday programs at two Seattle Seahawks home games with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the YMCA. Want to join our Y team? Click here to find out more

White House Recognizes the Y for Youth Violence Prevention  
The Y and local partners were recently named Champions of Change, and continue to expand the Y's Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Learn more and watch the story of Marcuita who credits the Y's street outreach workers for her positive choices after experiencing tragedy.

Lifelong Family Connections Grants Awarded to Y

United Way of King County, Casey Family Programs and the JE Fehsenfeld Family Foundation have invested grants to launch the Y’s Lifelong Family Connection program, which helps young people in foster care and alumni of foster care engage with family members and other adults to build a long-term support community.

Building Futures Mentoring Grant Launches

Metrocenter YMCA received one of several Building Futures Mentoring Grants from the YMCA of the USA, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  The grant will match adult volunteer mentors with youth to help provide support and guidance.  The program launches Fall 2013.

Y Receives National COA Accreditation

The Y was recently accredited by the national Council on Accreditation for its permanency and clinical programs for young people.  Learn more about the Y’s Family Services & Mental Health programs here.

BOLD / GOLD National Expansion

Metrocenter Y’s BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) and GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) programs are expanding their outdoor leadership model nationally, thanks to the support of visionary donors and the YMCA of the USA.

Y Working to End Youth Homelessness

The Metrocenter YMCA is part of a regional Youth & Young Adult Initiative of the Committee to End Homelessness.  With the largest designated housing inventory for transitioning young adults in King County—and a 40 year history serving homeless youth—the Y is championing the initiatives goals to end youth homelessness by 2020.

Pete Carroll Has a Capitol Idea

Pete Carroll isn't just the face of A Better Seattle. He took his message to the Capitol on Wednesday, when the Seahawks' coach showed his passion and commitment to helping at-risk kids. Read more about "the real heroes".




Board of Managers
Brian Olin
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Brian Saltzman
Chris Wigley
Revel Consulting
Hussein Madkour
Katie Plett
N3-1 Results
Homestreet Bank
Krystal Brun
Turner Construction Company
Laura Bachman
Laura Lohman
Bachman Consulting
Seneca Group
Lisa Korst
Family Manager and Volunteer
Lydia Albert Landrey
Mandy LeBlanc
Mark Fiebig*
Group Health
Martine Pierre-Louis
Harborview Medical Center
Michael Schneider
Pedro Gomez
Rebecca Shapiro
Stacey Kryman
Tammi Taylor
Commonwealth Development
City of Seattle
Seattle Children's Hospital
Val Richey
King County Prosecutor's Office
Will Dixon
Yuki Yang

*Board President




The Accelerator YMCA is known for its innovative program for young people and their families. We provide training and consulting for youth workers, teachers and other adults who work with young people, including workshops, retreats and other activities for youth and young adults involved in your programming. Below are descriptions of training focus areas.

 Youth Development

The Accelerator YMCA offers several trainings and workshops related to youth development. Main topic areas include Positive Youth Development, Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

For more information, contact Sean Walsh at  


 Violence Prevention: Alive & Free

Alive & Free is a leader in an international movement that promotes understanding violence as a prescription. The Alive & Free Prescription™ is a nationally recognized methodology that frames youth violence as a public health issue and empowers individuals to understand their role in treating the disease of violence. The Alive & Free Prescription™ was developed and refined over 23 years by Dr. Joseph Marshall, co-founder and Executive Director of Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers in San Francisco.

Our trainings empower community service providers to understand violence as a public health issue and to see their role treating the disease of violence.

For more information, contact Jovi Catena at


Technology: YTech

The Accelerator YMCA can create your digital connection. Providing direct service programs as well as offering customized experiences to outside agencies and the community, YTech offers workshops ranging from digital basics through advanced software applications and the creation of digital media.

Youth and adults can benefit from skills workshops offered by YTech to increase their knowledge of 21st century skills in online media and social networking, effective storytelling, using digital cameras (still and video) and editing software, basics of the Microsoft Office suite and Adobe software, and more. Additionally, YTech supports civic engagement and leadership opportunities through and other engagement strategies. Click here to follow their work.

For more information, contact Kate Schneier at


Outdoor Leadership: BOLD & GOLD

BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) and GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) were developed as programs of the Accelerator YMCA. As od January 2016, BOLD & GOLD programs are now housed in Camping Services. Training and consulting continue to be offered through the Accelerator YMCA.

Programs range from one day to several weeks, and are led by skilled instructors in youth development practices, risk management and technical expertise. Backpacking, mountaineering and rock climbing activities can be customized to meet the needs of your group.

For more information, contact Courtney Aber at 























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