Critical Jobs That Help Meet Young People's Most Critical Needs

Y Social Impact Center programs help interrupt trauma and provide a pathway for all youth to reach their full potential. We offer services to youth and young adults through housing, foster care, and behavioral health programs in King, south Snohomish, and Pierce County. We believe in a trauma-informed, youth-centered approach that views young people as experts in their own lives, honors their self-determination and agency, and supports them based on their strengths, abilities, aspirations, and preferences.


Lived Experience Matters

Some of our positions specifically ask for lived experience as a required or preferred qualification because persons with lived experience can uniquely connect and relate with the participants and communities they serve. Lived experiences may look different from person to person, including struggles with substance use and recovery, mental health, homelessness, or family challenges. These experiences can build skills beneficial to working with participants and clients, such as: 

  • Ability to navigate complex systems that are not user-friendly   
  • Support skills and coping models from someone who has experienced similar struggles 
  • Providing a community for participants or clients, including cultural, physical, geographic, and identity-based communities  

While lived experience can be valuable in this field of work, we also recognize that the healing around experienced trauma MUST OCCUR BEFORE working in the field. Whether you are "fully healed" from the trauma, or have developed coping skills to work through and process vicarious trauma, please consider this when applying for a job asking for lived experience.  

Master's in Mental Health Counseling Program

The YMCA of Greater Seattle and its agency partners provide a fantastic employee opportunity to earn a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Heritage University. Through a partnership, the program provides access to advanced education in behavioral health to employees of the Y and participating partner agencies, including King County Medicaid mental health or substance use disorder agencies.

Staff with a bachelor's degree may be eligible to apply for admittance to the Y + Heritage University Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Program through a King County community-based behavioral health clinical training site. To increase access to higher education and improve the extent to which behavioral health providers reflect the communities they serve, the program prioritizes staff of color, staff living with disabilities, and staff identifying as LGBTQIAA+.

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