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The Accelerator YMCA  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, 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
Breena Roos
Brian Olin
Perkins Coie LLP
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Brian Saltzman
Carol Driver
Weight Watchers
Hussein Madkour
Katie Plett
N3-1 Results
Homestreet Bank
Kelli Schmidt
US Department of Education
Krystal Brun
Turner Construction Company
Laura Bachman
Laura Lohman
Bachman Consulting
Seneca Group
Lisa Korst
Family Manager and Volunteer
Lydia Albert Landrey
Inkliss Marketing
Mark Fiebig*
Martine Pierre-Louis
Harborview Medical Center
Mark Fiebig
Michael Schneider
Commonwealth Development
Val Richey
King County Prosecutor's Office
Will Dixon
Yuki Yang
*Board President
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