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Brighter Futures

We empower young people to reach their fullest potential through outdoor adventure, family support, violence prevention, housing and more.  At the Metrocenter Y, we’re working with youth to build a brighter future for our community.

Our Work

We offer services at over 70 program sites in Seattle and King County, building stronger community as part of the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s family of branches and camps. Since 1973, 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. 

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


 
 

 Programs

 
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Alive & Free
The Y listens and responds to our region’s most critical social needs. We identify violence as a public health issue and mobilize youth and adults to tackle the disease of violence in their own lives and the community. Our committed staff and partners work directly with youth who are involved or at high risk of becoming involved, in street or gang violence and connect them with positive support systems and relevant services that help them reach their goals.
see all Alive & Free programs
AmeriCorps Team
We help people give back by offering service opportunities through our AmeriCorps Team. Our team addresses critical needs of youth in our community by supporting Y programs and partnering social service agencies.
see all AmeriCorps Team programs
BOLD Mountain School
We believe that all boys deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Our staff and volunteers nurture multi-cultural leadership skills in young men through wilderness experience. Our backpacking, rock climbing, fishing and photography expeditions develop leadership skills needed to thrive in high school, college and beyond!
see all BOLD Mountain School programs
Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)
Families experiencing crises involving youth, such as severe depression, aggression, or suicidal thoughts or attempts may qualify for free, in-home crisis support, available 24 hours a day. The Y’s skilled therapeutic teams provide immediate help and link families to community resources across King County. Contact the Crisis Clinic at 206-461-3222 for assistance.
see all Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS) programs
Get Engaged
The Y stands for social responsibility and we believe our young adults play an important role in strengthening the foundations of our community. In partnership with the City of Seattle, Get Engaged cultivates emerging leaders to serve a one-year term on City Boards and Commissions. Get Engaged Commissioners have dedicated thousands of hours of service to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing our city.
see all Get Engaged programs
Employment and Case Management Services
We bridge the gap faced by youth trying to enter the work force and attain their secondary credentials. Our case managers work closely with young adults to build skills and confidence, focus on post-secondary education goals and explore a variety of careers through job shadowing, internships and training programs.
see all Employment and Case Management Services programs
Girls LEAD
Challenging stereotypes about what it means to be a girl in today’s society, Girls LEAD introduces girls to their true leadership potential while empowering them with the self-confidence to lead, and skills for healthy living and social responsibility. This 14-15 day camp based at Camp Orkila and year-round school based clubs provide skills, memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
see all Girls LEAD programs
Girls Rock!
Girls Rock! is a 10-week after school mentoring program in which middle school girl participants (ages 11-14) build a diverse, supportive community through leadership, service and rock climbing. We provide all of the necessary climbing and camping gear, and limited transportation is available.
see all Girls Rock! programs
GOLD
We are dedicated to inspiring courage and leadership in girls and women through the integrated exploration of the arts and the natural environment. Our programs serve all girls, whether they are experienced climbers or spending their first night in a tent on a wilderness expedition.
see all GOLD programs
Housing
Young people gain a sense of stability and build their futures through the Y’s young adult housing programs, which support former foster youth and homeless youth up to age 25. Housing is located throughout King County and includes staff support and assistance for education, employment and life skills. Youth are also encouraged to access drop-in resources at the YMCA Center for Young Adults.
see all Housing programs
Independent Living Program
The Independent Living Program (ILP) and SETuP education program prepare young people for the transition out of State foster care into adulthood. The Y works in partnership with the State’s Children’s Administration to engage youth in job readiness, high school completion, life skills, and a transition plan As youth exit foster care, the Y ensures youth have safe and stable housing, opportunities for postsecondary education and employment, supportive community connections, and a roadmap for long-term success.
see all Independent Living Program programs
Interagency Academy at the Y
In partnership with Seattle Public Schools’ Interagency Academy, we are an educational pathway for students who have struggled to succeed in traditional secondary schools. Our students are given individualized educational support, case management, and assistance in accessing post-secondary education when finished.
see all Interagency Academy at the Y programs
Parent Youth Connections
The Y’s evidence-based intervention with first time juvenile offenders prevents recidivism and encourages parents or other supportive adults to be engaged in helping youth stay on track.
see all Parent Youth Connections programs
Permanency Programs/ Foster Care
The Y helps families with children who are at risk of child placement to stay safely at home through wraparound, home-based behavioral supports and individual and family counseling. The goal is to help families stay together safely, or, when this is not possible, to help provide youth with a safe family through therapeutic foster care and family reunification. The Y also helps youth currently in or exiting foster care to locate and link with safe, supportive adults.
see all Permanency Programs/ Foster Care programs
YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC)
Through the Y, thousands of youth have taken a greater interest in creating a healthier environment in their schools and communities. From school cafeteria composting programs to improving salmon habitats, our youth-led program empowers young people to collaborate with peers, Y staff, teachers and community members to solve pressing environmental issues and promote social change.
see all YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC) programs
YTech
Young people are creating digital media, engaging in civic debate, and learning the skills and confidence needed to compete in the 21st century - all through YTech. Our dedicated technology instructors and volunteers help thousands of young people each year get connected and prepare for a successful and engaged future.
see all YTech programs
 

 News

 

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

 
Metrocenter YMCA Board of Managers

 

Executive Committee
Carol Driver – Co-Chair
Weight Watchers
Stacy Gilliardi – Co-Chair
Brantley Janson Yost & Ellison
Brian Olin
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Joel Feldman
King County Bar Foundation
Laura Bachman
Bachman Consulting 
Michael Schneider Commonwealth Development
Val Richey King County Prosecutor's Office
Board Members
 
Breena Roos
Perkins Coie LLP
Brian Saltzman
Nordstrom
Deb Haller
REI
Jane Nellams Nyhus Communications
Jeff Ballaine
Centerline Capital Group
Jeremy Korst
Microsoft
Katie Plett
Homestreet Bank
Laura Lohman
Seneca Group
Maggie Rickets
REI
Maria Mackey Gunn
Vulcan Inc.
Mark Fiebig
Entrepreneur
Martin LeBlanc
IslandWood
Paula Littlewood
Washington State Bar Association
Ruel Olanday Vietnamese Friendship Association
Suzanne DuRard
Seattle City Light
Yuki Yang
Alere Wellbeing, Inc.

 

 

 Supporters

 

Thank You to Our Supporters


Special thanks to our donors, youth ambassadors, Board members, foundation and government funders, community volunteers, business and community partners, and everyone who helps the YMCA create better opportunities for youth.

Please check back soon for a list of our 2013 supporters.

 

 

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