Housing & Transition Planning

We are the largest provider of housing for homeless young adults in King County. We offer a variety of housing programs, including rapid rehousing, transitional housing, and independent living. We provide support to young people seeking housing, specifically focused on serving young people who are exiting foster care or have experienced homelessness.

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Education & Employment

We help young people achieve their goals and become self-sufficient. We offer job readiness support, internship programs, and assist with diploma attainment. Our Drop-In Center connects young people with resource specialists who are available to help with applications, financial aid, job searching and resumes 5 days a week (Monday - Thursday 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm and Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm).

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Family Support

We help young people and their families learn communication skills and strengthen their relationships. From our foster care program to our crisis outreach response system to in-home parenting support, we build families and keep them connected.

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Foster Care Alumni Services

We’re proud to provide youth aging out of the foster care system with the needed support and resources toward independent living develop safe and stable independence. All of Foster Care Alumni programs are community-based with YMCA staff meeting and working with youth throughout the community, meeting meet young people where they are and assisting them in meeting their community-based needs.    


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Behavioral Health

Our goal is to build confident and resilient young people. We offer specialized support services for youth, young adults and families. Services include support for foster families, drug & alcohol counseling, and outpatient mental health services. Our staff are specifically trained to work with young people and their families who have experienced trauma.

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Leadership Development

We give young people the opportunity to grow leadership skills and give back to the community. We connect young people with serving on city boards and commissions, and give them a platform to speak up about community issues while learning technology and multimedia skills.

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Violence Prevention

We recognize violence as a public health issue. Our Alive & Free program offers street outreach and a taught curriculum that builds meaningful relationships with youth involved in gangs, violence and the juvenile justice system.

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About Us​

Since 1973, the Accelerator Y 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.


Your gift ensures that young people and their families can get the support they need to be safe, successful and happy.



The Accelerator YMCA offers a variety of ways to volunteer. From long-term individual opportunities to one-time group projects, there are many ways to lend a helping hand.