All Home youth and young adult homelessness coordinator Megan Gibbard pens Seattle Times article "Young, Gay and Homeless: Why Some Parents Reject Their Children." (December 2015)

YMCA participates in community planning to add diversion services for young adults at risk of homelessness, to develop a host home program for alumni of foster care and other homeless young adults, and to provide intenstive case management support to high-risk youth exiting foster care. Program announcements expected in early 2016. (October 2015) 

Y VISTA Volunteer Marja Morgan blogs about her experience at the Y--"No Family to Turn to: After Foster Care, Many Youth Face Homelessness." (August 2015) 

Read ILP's latest newsletter! ILP prepares youth aging out of foster care for adulthood. (July 2015)

United Way releases data on foster youth risk factors for homelessness. (June 2015)

YMCA of Greater Seattle CFO honored by Puget Sound Business Journal (June 2015)

Check out photos from the annual United Way All-Star Softball Classic. Proceeds benefit the YMCA and other programs serving youth. (June 2015)

Seven youth interns joined PugetSoundOff.org, a YMCA partnerhship with the City of Seattle, to create Cleaning the Lens on Homelessness, a collection of video interviews with homeless youth.  The intern team engaged the Seattle Public Library, New Horizons and Mayor Murray during the project. (June 2015)

King County Council adopts call for equity of services for homeless youth. (June 2015)

Immigrant and refugee teens from Horn of Africa Services made videos through a YMCA job readiness program. Watch the videos here! (March 2015)

Gift cards needed for youth gifts at the Young Adult Services holiday party.  Help make the holidays special this season. (November 2014)

Treehouse blog article 'Collaborating for Successful Student Transitions' highlights Y. (September 2014)

Independent Living Program highlighted as part of YMCA/Treehouse collaboration.  Read the blog article "Partnering for Student Success." (July 2014)

Seattle Globalist article 'All Smiles for Etritrean Painter' features Y participant.

Check out the Y's 2013 Annual Report here to see highlights of the Y's regional impact in King County. (April 2014)

Y receives new funding from King County and United Way for ending youth homelessness efforts. (March 2014)

See our new branch brochure which outlines the range of services offered at our Y.

Become a mentor today through the Y's new Reach & RiseTM youth mentoring program. (February 2014)

Crosscut article 'For foster kids, grownup mentors make all the differnce' features Y.

YMCA featured in Crosscut article about ending youth homelessness and KUOW & Investigate West story on extended foster care. (October 2013)

YTech program featured in Fall Impact newsletter, page 7 (October 2013)

Raikes Foundation and Stoneway Hardware share their gifts at United Way Day of Caring! More. (September 2013)

Y Education services profiled in Mockingbird Times (September 2013)

YMCA participant featured in Seattle Times story "Here to escape war, winning artist works to smile." (August 2013)

Extended foster care SB 5405/HB 1302 delivered to the Governor for signature! (May 2013)

Columbia Legal Services releases Homeless Youth Handbook in collaboration with Starbucks and Baker & McKenzie.  Read the press release here! (May 2013)

Young adult participant Kebron Abebe is a recipient of the Gates Millenium Scholars Program and will receive support to attend graduate school.  Kebron is an active member of YMCA education and employment programs, and through a partnership with Horn of Africa Services she completed a Y summer and fall internship. (May 2013)

YMCA of Greater Seattle 2012 Annual Report is available and includes highlights of the Y's impact on children and families through foster care. (Apr 2013)

Y Independent Living Conference April 27 for youth with experience of foster care or homelessness. (Apr 2013)

Seattle Times Op-Ed Don't evict kids from foster care at the age of 18 by Mockingbird Society ED Jim Theofelis highlights importance of extended foster care legislation. (Mar 2013)

Y launches GED-prep for young adults in South King County at Auburn Youth Resources.  Read a profile in the Auburn Reporter. (Feb 2013) 

YMCA participates in Count Us In for homeless youth. See Firesteel videos One Night Count and Count Us In Takaways featuring Y team. (Jan 2013)

Y program participant featured in Seattle Education Access newsletter. (Dec 2012)

Y receives $1M housing grant in partnership with ROOTS shelter to serve homeless youth.  ROOTS is featured in a recent NY Times article 'After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street.' (Dec 2012)

Fall art exhibit at Downtown Seattle Y features work from Seattle Children's research study on alumni of foster care. (Nov 2012)

YMCA of Greater Seattle becomes Safe Place partner, hosts press conference featuring civic leaders including King County Executive Dow Constantine. See King5 TV story here. (Aug 2012)

Y expands May 16 Count Us In event for homeless youth to three YMCA sites including south Seattle (Young Adult Services), Shoreline and SeaTac.  685 young people without safe and stable housing county-wide attended the event and were counted. See a report here (May 2012)

Young Adult Services partners with Sound Mental Health to provide chemical dependency support for youth and staff consultation at the YMCA Center for Young Adults. (May 2012)

Y receives $400,000 permanent housing grant from King County to serve homeless families. (Apr 2012)

YMCA youth advisory committee hosts successful Independent Living Conference for foster youth and homeless youth. (Apr 2012)

Young Adult Services participates in Urban Institute's federal study of Family Unification Program (FUP) to advance policymakers' efforts to understand housing and service interventions for families infolved in child welfare. (Apr 2012)

Top Y advocacy priorities passed by legislature and signed by Governor.  HB 2592 extends foster care for young adults pursuing education, and HB 2048 provides funding to the Home Security Fund for needed projects like the Independent Youth Housing Program. Special thanks to our elected officials for championing these bills and other important legislation for foster youth and youth transitioning from homelessness. (Apr 2012)

Y becomes Family Housing Connections partner, joining 80 other organizations participating in the coordinated housing entry program for homeless families.

Seattle Education Access partners with YMCA to provide college counseling and scholarship assistance to youth at the YMCA Center for Young Adults. (Mar 2012)

YMCA Center for Young Adults celebrates 5-year anniversary.  The Center served 1,510 foster youth, former foster youth and homeless young adults in 2011 through drop-in services and referrals to housing and other programs. (Feb 2012)

YMCA of Greater Seattle 2011 annual report and fact sheet feature statistics and stories about the Y's organization-wide work in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Y team participates in One Night Count of homeless community members, and is one of five host sites for young adult overnight count. Initial results are here. (Jan 2011)

Thanks to the volunteers who joined the Y for the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service, sponsored by United Way of King County!  Volunteers helped clean the Young Adults in Transition housing space, and created dozens of hand-made cards of encouragement and recognition for former foster youth and homeless youth. (Jan 2011)

First report from National Youth in Transition Database reveals positive trends around education and supportive adult connections, and high involvement with criminal justice system.  Youth in the Y's Independent Living Program participated in the statewide survey. (Jan 2011)

Y receives $6,000 three-month homelessness prevention grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program at Solid Ground.  The grant provides one-month rental assistance to young adults to maintain housing and stabilize income. (Jan 2011)

Check out our 2011 annual program report and recent Independent Living video!

2011

Y receives $70,000 two-year grant from King County to assist young adults moving from transitional to permanent housing. (Dec 2011)

Mockingbird Times article features 10-year partnership between YMCA and Mockingbird Society. (Dec 2011)

 

Y receives $150K one-year homelessness prevention grant from the City of Seattle. (Nov 2011)

 

YMCA and University Congregational partner to open McGrath House for former foster youth.  Photos and more information here. (Nov 2011)

Y housing featured in CEO's report. (Oct 2011)

Housing vouchers from King County and Seattle Housing Authorities help former foster youth. (July 2011)

J.E. Fehsenfeld Family Foundation awards Y $10,000 grant to strengthen employment readiness among foster youth and homeless young adults. (June 2011)

Y youth attend the Mockingbird Society's 6th Annual Foster Youth & Alumni Leadership Summit, connecting with other youth and sharing their ideas for improving care. (June 2011)

Y posts May-July Community Connection newsletter. (May 2011)

Staff member featured in Kokatat blog, Tsunami Rangers blog, and Sea Kayaker magazine for his kayak circumnavigation of the San Juan Island Archipelago to raise funds for the Y. (May 2011)

Y's role in child welfare transformation featured in post "Seattle Y's Lead Role in New Initiatives" on Mike Flynn's blog Flynn's Harp. (May 2011)

YMCA, Treehouse, Casey, Mockingbird Society and Children's Administration celebrate annual Passages foster youth graduation event at the Museum of Flight. (May 2011)

Y participates in "Count Me In" event to track homeless youth in King County 5/25/11. (May 2011)

Philanthro raises awareness and funds at Illuminate Hard Rock Cafe benefit for the Y!  Read the Seattle Gay News feature "Philanthro in Seattle Boldly Unites Nonprofit Groups." (May 2011)

Y receives grant from City of Seattle to pilot Washington Connections benefit portal software for young adults. (Apr 2011)

University Congregational Housing Association raises over $100K to fund purchase of home for youth transitioning from foster care. (Mar 2011)

Philanthro Seattle sponsors a social mixer for the Y on 3/24 at the Bal-Mar from 8pm-12am. Read an interview about why youth in foster care benefit from community support.  (Mar 2011)

Philantro Seattle volunteer Justin Mueller blogs about his experience volunteering to help foster youth at the YMCA Center for Young Adults. (Feb 2011)

Y partners with Seattle Children's Research Center for "Understanding Healthy Relationships" study, focusing on thoughts, feelings and experiences about dating and sexual relationships among foster youth.  (Jan 2011) 

2010

YMCA receives $970,816 five-year grant from King County to house chronically homeless young adults. (Dec 2010)

Art With Heart hosts an art exhibit at the Y for foster youth. (Dec 2010)

YMCA staff member Leon Lewis featured in Seattle Times article  on foster youth. (Dec 2010)

Young Adult Services welcomes national service members from Metrocenter YMCA and Solid Ground MLK VISTA, who are giving a year of service to provide direct service and capacity building.  Members will be working with a variety of Y services in cluding financial education and housing. (Oct 2010)

YMCA Center for Young Adults featured in the InvestigativeWest blog story "Homeless Young Adults Need Specialized Job Training" on the Puget SoundOff website. (Sept 2010)

Volunteers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Metrocenter YMCA AmeriCorps, and the YMCA's WAGES program and Member Advisory Committee convened on the United Way Day of Caring to support foster youth and families. (Sept 2010)

Y receives 18 Special Purpose Housing Vouchers for former foster youth through partnership with Seattle Housing Authority. Read more about the Family Unification Program here. (Aug 2010)

Back to School BBQ for young adults August 26, sponsored by Transition Collaborative. (Aug 2010)

The Y was featured in the South Seattle Beacon article "Conference Prepares Fostered Youths for Adult Futures." (July 2010)

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