Community Learning Series

Unleashing Potential for All is a community space to learn about racism and oppressive structures, discover new voices, and activate community to create the generational change of equity and justice.

Unleashing Potential For All - Series Guide

Part 1: Watch A Most Beautiful Thing & Panel Discussion

  • If you missed the free screening (ended Aug 5) you can still watch A Most Beautiful Thing on Xfinity OnDemand. 


Part 2: Shattering Barriers

How do we adapt our environments and cultures to welcome diversity, inclusion, and equity? Watch the recorded session below and learn from guest panelists and community discussion around deconstructing systemic barriers in traditional spaces through the voices of athletes competing and advocating in non-traditional ways.


  • Ashleigh Johnson, US Olympic Water Polo gold medalist
  • Bookie Gates, founder of Athletes Beyond Borders 
  • Cullen Jones, US Olympic Swimming gold medalist 
  • Kari Miller, US Paralympic Sitting Volleyball gold medalist
  • Kyle Boyd, Seattle Kraken Director of Youth and Community Development
  • Michelle Hord, Founder of Gabrielle’s Wings
  • Dr. Robin Martin, YMCA of Greater Seattle Board of Directors, Deputy Director, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Moderator 
  • Tom Hull, YMCA of Greater Seattle Past Board Chair, 1980 US Olympic Rowing, Business Leader & Non-Profit Advocate - Moderator

Part 3: Lifting Youth Voices for Equity and Justice

The learning continues with this interactive dialogue on social justice topics led by Community Youth who are lifting their voices and advocating for equity and justice.​ Join us for a deep dive discussion on adapting our environments and cultures to welcome diversity, inclusion, and equity.​

Listen, learn, and elevate youth voices as they talk about systemic barriers and give us insight on how to deconstruct them and unleash potential for all.  Let's learn together with our guest youth panelists and community dialogue.


  • Dr. Tommie C. Smith, 200m Gold Medallist, Games of the XIX Olympiad, Mexico City 1968
  • Rosalie Fish, Muckleshoot Tribal School, Collegiate Runner for Iowa Central Community College
  • Paolo Banchero, O'Dea High School in Seattle, Duke Basketball Commit
  • Mariah Lee, 2020 Seattle Reign OL (2020 Team), National Women's Soccer League, Kentwood High School Graduate
  • Harrison Clark, Student, Tufts University
  • Tai Anthony McMillan, Stanford University Student and Renton High School Graduate
  • Antione Jackson, Program Director, YMCA Social Impact Center

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learning partners for unleashing potential

Unleashing Potential For All Collective

We are grateful for the requests we have received from multiple non-profit, government, and small for-profit organizations that would like to lend their names and join us in support of this work. If you are interested in joining the Unleashing Potential For All Collective, please register here.

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Baseball Beyond Borders
  • City of Auburn
  • City of Enumclaw
  • Compukidz Worldwide
  • Copper Strategic LLC
  • Eastside For All
  • Herd Freed Hartz Executive Search Partners
  • Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company
  • iUrban Teen
  • King County Play Equity Coalition
  • Langston
  • Learning Communities Foundation
  • MultiCare Health System
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Pioneer Human Services
  • Poe Construction, Inc.
  • Rainier Scholars
  • Seattle Police Department
  • SELF Project
  • Sprout
  • Sterling Volunteers 
  • Swedish
  • Treehouse
  • Urban Games
  • UW Center of Leadership in Athletics
  • West Coast Pact of YMCAs
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • YMCA of the North
  • YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
  • YMCA of Snohomish County
  • YouthCare
  • Youth Development Executives of King County