Causing Systems Change in Foster Care
There is a critical need in Washington for more foster homes, especially for BIPOC Foster homes and homes that care for teens and kids with higher needs.
Ballmer Group works to build collaborative solution in partnership with the community to help improve a system that provides children in foster care a safe and stable place to live and develop. Ballmer Group gives of their time and resource to support local agencies who are responsible for developing a pipeline of quality foster homes and services for foster youth. Learn More >
The YMCA of Greater Seattle has been licensing and supporting foster parents for nearly 35 years. We provide a continuum of care for parents and kids in foster care, as well as supporting young people as they age out of the foster care system. Learn More >
Strengthening and Improving Capacity for Mental Health
There is a crucial need for qualified mental health professionals from diverse communities across Washington. Improved capacity to meet the growing need for these services and opportunities for upstream, preventative treatment will create better outcomes for our community.
Ballmer Group is committed to improve our mental health system by adding significant resources to build Washington’s pipeline of mental health professionals – clinicians, therapists, nurses, peers, and more – to close the gap in services. Learn More >
For over 48 years, the Y has specialized in serving youth and young adults who have experienced trauma such as homelessness, foster care, exploitation, systemic poverty, and racism, and in 2020, we expanded our behavioral health outreach to all ages. Learn More >
Removing Systemic Barriers to Economic Mobility and Opportunity
We wholly believe that no child should be born with pre-determined, limited opportunity due to systemic barriers long rooted in America.
Much of the work Ballmer Group supports addresses barriers rooted in racial inequity and that cause disparate outcomes for Black and Brown communities. Further data also helped Ballmer Group to recognize the need of, and prioritize support for, Black men and boys, while still addressing the full spectrum of need. Learn More >
At the Y, our programs for youth and young adults offer wraparound services including employment training, educational support, shelter, counseling, and more with an over-arching goal of building stability, independence, and economic mobility. Learn More >