A recap of news & happenings.

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!


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) 


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)


YMCA launches new brand to roll out over the next year.  See NY Times article "YMCA is Downsizing to a Single Letter" and St. Petersburg Times article "YMCA Launches New Brand to Draw Attention To What It Can Do for Communities." (July)

YMCA Independent Living Conference for young adults is June 27 at The 2100 Building. (Jun)

The Friends of the College Success Program's Off-Broadway play 'A Gulag Mouse' is June 4-6 at Seattle Central Community College.  Proceeds benefit former foster youth. (Jun)

YMCA to partner with Children's Hospital and University of Washington on a five-year research study to evaluate and improve sexual health risk behaviors in foster youth. (May)

YMCA young adult volunteers emcee the annual Passages event celebrating foster youth graduating from high school or earning a GED. The event was sponsored by the Transition Collaborative. (May)

New grants through Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) expand YMCA's emergency rental assistance program.  The grants amount to more than $10K. (May)

YMCA Young Adult Services WAGES program featured in RE Store blog.  RE Store provides internships and employment readiness to Y youth transitioning out of unstable living situations. (May)

Teens receive mental health counseling and other services through new partnership between the City of Kirkland and the Bellevue Family YMCA. (May) 

The YMCA was featured in the West Seattle Herald articles "Former Foster Child Educated in Several West Seattle Schools" and "Foster Care Youth & Grads Served by YMCA in WS." (Apr)

Thank you, PopCap volunteers!  The PopCap team painted the YMCA's youth Triangle Art Gallery and added a mural in the process.  The gallery showcases art from local youth and young adult groups including Young Adult Services. (May)

YMCA receives $141,685 from King County to provide permanent housing subsidies to formerly homeless young adults exiting YMCA transitional housing. (May)

YMCA staff Paula Carvalho-Johnson and Shawli Hathaway were 2010 Award Honorees at the Passport to College Conference in Seattle.  Both were nominated "for their continued effort to provide exemplary support toward the retention and graduation of alumni of care students." (May)

The YMCA partners with Fostering Media Connections to sponsor a Media Mixer at the UW School of Social Work on April 1.  The event builds awareness around foster care issues and highlights the work Fostering Media Connections is doing to speed the implemenation of foster care legislation in the country. (Apr)

YMCA is an event sponsor of the CD Forum for Arts & Ideas Which Way Seattle? series: Too Old for Foster Care on March 25 at 7pm at the Northwest African American Museum.  YMCA staff member Aaron Fox is a featured panelist. (Mar)

YMCA receives a $100K award in partnership with YouthCare and UDYC to provide employment services to homeless youth and former foster youth through a City of Seattle grant. (Feb)

This month is the YMCA's annual Partners With Youth Campaign.  Donate now to support youth in foster care, homeless young adults, low-income families and more. (Feb)

See the Downtown Seattle YMCA's 2010 Advocacy Priorities, which support funding for foster youth, affordable housing, and well-being programs. (Jan)


Downtown Seattle YMCA positions on November 2009 ballot are consistent with our mission, programs and values: YES on housing levy (maintain affordable housing), NO on initiative 1033 (protect funding for needed services), YES on referendum 71 (support domestic partnership).

YMCA permanent housing and therapeutic housing programs for homeless youth featured in 2009 King County Council report. 

YMCA awarded $299K in stimulus funds from City of Seattle for housing stability services that prevent homelessness.  The award was announced August 2009 with services beginning late fall or early winter. (Jan)

Member Advisory Board testifies in October before King County Council about need for housing and other needed services.  See YMCA members speak from the 2:55-3:06 marks.

YMCA Foster Youth participate in Boeing employee's Spirit of the Holidays program, which adopts families in need.  Read a summary of last year's (2008) successes.

YMCA foster youth participate in Walk-A-Mile program, which encourages understanding between community members by pairing current and former foster youth with local community leaders and businesspeople for a month. Each pair commits to share experiences and activities weekly.

Microsoft Day of Caring volunteers give time and talent to rehab a YMCA shared home for former foster youth in Bellevue during August.

New Stimulus Grant is funding summer jobs for youth with foster care or homelessness experience.  The Downtown Seattle YMCA and the Metrocenter YMCA are collaborating with local government programs to offer part-time youth internships and education. See a recap here.

YMCA awarded $300K Individual Development Account (IDA) and financial education grant for foster youth, former foster youth and homeless youth.  The grant greatly expands a pilot IDA program begun in 2006.

YMCA awarded $370K Independent Youth Housing Program grant for former foster youth to prevent homelessness.  The grant was awarded by the State of WA (CTED) and begins fall 2009.

Passages 2009 (June) celebrates foster youth graduating from high school, earning a GED or aging out of foster care.  The YMCA sponsored Passages 2009 with community partners including Casey Family Programs, Mockingbird Society, Children's Administration and Treehouse.  

May is National Foster Care Month.  The YMCA of Greater Seattle appreciates all of the foster families, volunteers, donors, professionals and community members who together work to make a difference in the lives of foster youth.

Downtown Seattle YMCA Annual Campaign raises record $509,000 (and counting) to support vital programs like Young Adult Services.  The Partners With Youth campaign helps fund housing and services for youth leaving foster care or homelessness.

The article "Reviving the Amy Yee Orchard" was featured in the Spring 2009 Solid Ground newsletter Lettuce Link.  Young adults from the YMCA helped restore the orchard near the YMCA Center for Young Adults.  See page 3 of the newsletter to read the article. 

The article "Slings and Arrows" was featured in the April 2009 edition of The Mockingbird Times.

The 2009 Independent Living Conference for young adults is Saturday, April 18 from 9am-4pm at the 2100 Building (Block Party 4-6pm).  This year's theme is "Get a Clue!"  Come solve the mystery of independent living through great life skills workshops, resources, games, food and fun.  

Civic engagement!  The YMCA supports HB 1961 (youth stay in foster care while attending college or vocational school), HB 1492 (provides independent housing for former foster youth) and HB 1938 (siblings maintain contact post-adoption).  We encourage legislators to keep Educational Advocacy in the state budget.  Visit our partner The Mockingbird Society for the latest updates on these bills.

2009 Partners With Youth Campaign runs February 2-March 27 to raise funds for YMCA programs that address poverty, health and other community needs.

Join the 2nd Anniversary celebration of the YMCA Center for Young Adults on February 25, 2009 in an open-house format from 2:00-5:00pm. Refreshments provided. Young adult participants, foster parents, youth providers, funders and general community are welcome.

YMCA receives 10 section 8 vouchers in January from Seattle Housing Authority through the King County Homeless Youth Housing fund.

New partnership with Emergency Feeding Program provides groceries to YMCA young adults in need beginning January 2009. 


The YMCA Foster Youth IDA Program is featured on page 8 of the United Way Asset Development Annual Report for 2008.

YMCA highlighted in KIRO Radio feature in December 2008.  Interviews took place during a holiday dinner at the Young Adults in Transition housing program.

A YMCA Global Center of Excellence award was given to the YMCA of Greater Seattle, recognized among 11 YMCAs nationally for working to expand opportunities to include diverse communities in our YMCA.

Foster youth at the Passages graduation event (co-sponsored by the YMCA) were featured in the Seattle Times article "A Ceremony That Beat the Odds" in June 2008 and the Seattle PI article "Foster Grads Will Celebrate Twice" in June 2007.

As part of National Foster Care Month, former foster youth Deshawn Upham spoke about how YMCA Young Adult Services and Downtown Seattle fitness resources helped him find success on his own on KUOW 94.9 in May 2007. 

The Seattle P-I article "College Divide Threatens to Keep the Poor in Poverty" addresses education disparities in the local community and features post-foster youth from the YMCA.

The Seattle Times article "Study: Ex-Foster Children Face Big Hurdles" discusses the challenges of aging out of foster care and spotlights a young woman living in YMCA supportive housing.

The Seattle Times article "Growing Out of Foster Care" traces the life of a YMCA-involved young woman preparing to age out of foster care in October 2004.

The Seattle Times article "Program Guides Youth Into Adulthood, Provides Stability" was part of the paper's 2003 Fund for the Needy campaign.

The Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer article "Happy Anniversary, Seattle YMCA" discusses the YMCA's work with young adults on its 125th anniversary.

The Seattle Times article "Y Helps People in Transition Get on Their Feet" features the Young Adults in Transition program just after the Downtown Seattle YMCA's 2000 rennovation.

The Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer article "Adults in Training--Learning Together to Live on Their Own" in 1994 was one of the earliest press pieces about the YMCA's programming for foster youth.