Contact Us

During Office Hours: Monday - Friday

After-Hours and Weekends

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.


About the YMCA Social Impact Center

We are dedicated to supporting youth and young adults who have been impacted by systemic barriers like poverty, foster care, homelessness, racism, and interactions with the justice system. We serve youth through a trauma and equity-informed lens which offers individualized care and support for each young person's individual needs. 

Our integrated, comprehensive services help interrupt cycles of trauma and provide a pathway for young people to reach their full potential as healthy and independent adults

See Our Impact

In 2019 we collectively enrolled about 7,000 children, youth and young adults in our programs. Over 1,500 natural supports – adult caregivers, siblings and other family also directly benefited from our services. About 60% of our clients live in South King County.

Some of the key accomplishments of the Accelerator Y included:

  • 6,928 total youth served
  • 2,793 served through Young Adult Services
  • 2,684 served through Behavioral Health Services
  • 898 served through Housing & Homeless Services
  • 553 served through Foster Care Services

Housing and Foster Care Transitions

Our programs stabilize youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness or are transitioning out of foster care. In 2019, 83% left our programs to safe and stable housing.

Crisis Response

90% of over 400 children and youth who experienced a behavioral health crisis were stabilized and able to safely remain with their families and in their current living situation.

Foster Care

We have increased our efforts to recruit and license new foster homes this year. In 2019, we licensed and trained 23 new families to foster children and youth compared to 7 in 2018. 

Decreasing Racial Disparities

In 2019, our housing programs were able to serve almost double the number of African Americans who were experiencing homelessness (49 in 2018 to 96 in 2019), and increase their rate of obtaining safe and stable housing by 10%, compared to 2018.

Leadership Team

  • Mark Putnam, Executive Director
  • Kristen Brennan, Deputy Director
  • ManChui Leung, PhD, Director of Learning and Impact
  • Aaron Fox, Senior Director of Young Adult Services
  • Kris Sanborn, Senior Director of Foster Care Services
  • Donnie Goodman, Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services
  • Scott Schubert, Senior Director of Housing and Homeless Services
  • Sarah Binner, Administrative Director 
  • Michael Jackson, Director of Philanthropy
  • Christina Oakes, Director of Grants and Contract Administration

More Ways to Engage With the Y

Diversity, Inclusion & Global Programs

Join us each month as we explore the cultures, traditions and contributions of different cultures.

Youth & Government

Nurturing innovation, fostering a sense of responsibility and building leadership skills, we ensure our future leaders will be active and engaged servant leaders.

Discover Your Impact

The Y is where community thrives. See how the Y is making an impact in Seattle.