- 14 branches
- 2 overnight camps
- More than 200 program sites
- Reaching 234,170 people of all backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances
- Nurturing 96,009 children and teens to develop their gifts and give back to our community
- Engaging 18,746 volunteers who contribute 344,196 hours of service each year
- Working with community donors investing $9.7 million in local kids and families
- We require a criminal background check of all Y staff members.
- All staff must read and follow our child abuse prevention policy. Our policy is strict: it prohibits a Y staff person from having unauthorized contact with youth and young adults in our care.
- All staff are required to participate in training about inappropriate behavior and prevention of child abuse, identifying the signs of abuse, and reporting suspected incidents. Staff renew this training every year. Staff in direct service with youth and young adults are required to undergo additional child abuse prevention trainings.
- Volunteers who have ongoing interactions with youth and young adults undergo criminal background checks, review our abuse prevention rules and reporting procedures, and receive abuse prevention training.
- All members who enter a Y facility are immediately screened through a national sex offender registry. Our membership database is regularly screened, and results are reviewed by Y staff. If needed, appropriate action is taken immediately.
If any Y staff member or volunteer becomes aware of any incident of suspected child abuse or inappropriate behavior with a minor by staff or other adults, they are to report the incident to internal Y leadership immediately for investigation and follow up and to the appropriate authorities as required.
In order to promote a healthy environment for all children in our care, the Y would like to see each child vaccinated. However, Washington State Law allows parents or guardians to exempt their child from immunizations for religious or medical reasons. Due to this law, we do not require children to be vaccinated or track their prior immunizations in order to participate in our programs. Once we become aware of an illness, we work hard to prevent sick children from using our space and/or coming in contact with healthy children. We will promptly inform parents and guardians of any known highly contagious illness incidents. During an outbreak of a highly contagious disease we recommend unvaccinated children remain at home. If you have additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.