Social Impact Center
The Y’s Social Impact Center works to dismantle systemic inequities by connecting kids, teens, and young adults with critical support and resources.
The Social Impact Center supports young people from ages 0-25 to help them reach their full potential through homelessness services, behavioral health services, foster care services, and young adult services.
We provide support for young people at dozens of locations, including YMCA Branches, housing sites, behavioral health clinics, shelters, foster homes, high schools, colleges, teen centers, outdoor expeditions, and more.
We are dedicated to supporting youth and young adults who have been impacted by systemic issues such as poverty, foster care, homelessness, racism, and the justice system.
COVID-19 UPDATE - WE ARE OPEN AND TAKING NEW ENROLLMENTS: While some sites and clinics are temporarily closed per the state’s mandate, we have rapidly transitioned to remote connections such as phone, video chat, video messages, and text to continue supporting young adults and their families. This includes 24/7 crisis support, outpatient mental health, substance use counseling, and violence prevention.
Our integrated and comprehensive services help interrupt cycles of trauma and provide a pathway for young people to reach their full potential as healthy and independent adults.
We provide a holistic approach to mental and behavioral health beginning with the needs and opportunities of each individual. The Y offers 24/7 crisis support, behavioral health, and substance use counseling.
From preventing homelessness before it starts, to emergency shelter and longer term housing, we are committed to ending homelessness for young people.
For over 30 years, the Y has been licensing, training, and supporting foster families. Our philosophy is child-centered and focused on healing and family reunification. We support young people's transition to independence through alumni programs.
Young Adult Services programs specialize in programs that address the unique challenges of youth and young adults as they transition to adulthood including justice system diversion, education initiatives, and employment and training.
The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to communities who have been marginalized by creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally competent and respectful manner.
The Social Impact Center was born from a merging of Nexus Youth and Families with the Accelerator Y in 2020. The combined expertise of each organization comes together now to increase our impact in South King County as the Y Social Impact center, which serves young people across King County. Learn More >
Visit one of our sites or give our Social Impact Center team a call to find the services that best fit your needs.
Drop-in locations offer young people a safe place to hang out during the day, access services, and get homework and employment support. Visit one of our three drop-in locations in Seattle, Auburn, or Enumclaw. (Seattle and Enumclaw temporarily closed)
Drop-in services include:
Give us a call to talk to a Social Impact Center team.
Get immediate help at any time of day for you or someone you know by calling the 24-Hour Crisis Line at 866-427-4747, managed by our partner Crisis Connections.
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