Summer Webinar Series: See Your Impact Firsthand

Last updated: September 10, 2020, at 9:32 a.m. PT

Originally published: June 11, 2020, at 10:21 a.m. PT

community response webinar

Did you miss any of our summer Impact Webinar Series? Don't worry, you can still watch the recordings to see how your gifts have been put to work. Hear from Y staff and community partners about their experience on the frontlines and how they are innovating to meet the needs of the community in the current environment. From child care to healing through the outdoors, each webinar will shed light on the stories of the staff and partners who have bravely led our most needed programs. Let us also tell you the story of the collaboration with other non-profits and local businesses to expand our reach in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties, to ensure we are reaching the people who need us most.

Serving the Needs of Older Adults During COVID-19: Sharing Challenges, Success, and Impact

Once social gathering places like the YMCA closed during the pandemic, fears about social isolation and loneliness developing in our older adult members grew. Find out what the Y is learning during its senior wellness outreach campaign, coordinated to ensure our older adult members retain social support, access to critical resources like groceries, spaces to discuss their anxieties and reactions to the pandemic, and ways to support their health and manage chronic conditions during COVID-19. Their healthy habits created while actively engaging with the YMCA before and during the pandemic, plus their words of wisdom are teaching us the meaning of resiliency.

Learn more about our Senior Outreach Covid-19 Response.

Fighting Hunger and COVID-19: Sharing Challenges, Successes, and Impact

1 in 6 Washington kids live in a household that faces challenges in putting enough food on the table. Children go hungry every day, especially when dedicated resources, like school meals, are not available due to school closures. Find out how the Y and partners are solving this issue. We will share our challenges, success stories, and impact during the COVID-19 response and what to expect next as we move into community recovery.

  • Moderated by: Gwen Ichinose Bagley - Chief Youth Development Officer, YMCA of Greater Seattle

Featuring Panelists:

  • Courtney Whitaker – AVP, Youth Development, YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • Dallas Wood - Program Director, Hunger Initiatives, YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • Katie Escudaro - MTW and Health Policy Manager, King County Housing Authority
  • Lauren McGowen - Sr. Director, Ending Homelessness and Poverty, United Way of King County
  • Matt Gurney - VP Enterprise Development, FareStart
  • Nicole Lowe - Director of Youth Development Programs, YMCA of Greater Seattle

Healing and Recovery Through the Outdoors: Education and Environmental Stewardship

The pandemic has challenged the Y to approach Overnight Camping and Outdoor Leadership in new ways this year. Building on 100+ year history of outdoor adventures and holistic health for kids and families, we invite you to join this learning opportunity to share knowledge and envision a new future for camp and outdoor leadership programs.

Taking Care of Children While Others Take Care of Us: The Role of Child Care in COVID-19

When schools shut down and the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order was issued, the Y re-directed its resources and responded by providing emergency child care across King County for those who needed it the most, including first responders, health workers, essential workers and vulnerable families. We continue that promise as we enter Summer and Fall. Learn how the Y responded and stepped up as an advocate for youth and families and a partner with school districts, working together to find solutions to support youth around social and emotional health and academic support.

Providing Shelter to Young People During Covid-19: Health, Safety, and Well-being as They Become Adults

With the COVID-19 crisis, youth in our housing and mental health programs have been disproportionately impacted by job loss, health issues, and other traumas. This vulnerable population is reporting some of the highest levels of distress, as they struggle to maintain the gains they have made with our help. In this webinar we will discuss how we continued to provide mental health and casework services to support young people during this incredibly stressful time. We will also highlight programs such as the virtual Job Club and Level Up! Conference.

Arcadia Virtual Grand Opening: Help Us Welcome Our Young People Home

To address the critical housing shortages and behavioral health services for youth and young adults facing homelessness, we broke ground on Arcadia, a state-of-the-art facility in Auburn, and the first of its kind in South King County. Arcadia will provide permanent, supportive housing for 15 young adults, emergency shelter for 12 more, a drop-in youth center and behavioral health programming — all to build resiliency for young people ages 12 - 24. Join us for a virtual ribbon-cutting event, tour of Arcadia, stories from young people, and panel discussions, followed by a Q&A with some of the members of our public and private coalition.

Learn more about the Arcadia Grand Opening.

Y-Scholars Jubilee 

During this time we will celebrate the students and school year, especially our graduating Seniors! The class of 2020 will announce their college choices and recipients for the $30,000 in YMCA scholarships will be revealed! You’ll also hear from student speakers from the freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes. This year’s special guest speaker will be comedian, actor, recording artist, and entrepreneur Nate Jackson from MTV’s Wild’n Out,  BET’s ComicView, and much more!

Learn more about our community response or make a donation to help fund these critical programs.