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Programs for youth

Programs for youth

SHA partners with a variety of local nonprofits, the City of Seattle and local employers to offer educational and social programs for children, teens and young adults.

Some of the offerings include:

  • Youth tutoring
  • College preparation
  • Access to internships
  • Summer engagement 
  • Leadership development
  • Technology training
  • Volunteer opportunities

Follow the links in each program description to go to the program’s website where you can learn more about participating.

Multiple communities

Catholic Community Services provides youth tutoring at the SHA communities of Jackson Park Village, NewHolly, High Point, Rainier Vista and Yesler. For more information, visit ccsww.org or email info@ccsww.org.

High Point

Safe Futures provides youth tutoring, college preparation, access to career development and internships for middle and high school youth at High Point. To learn more, visit sfyc.net or email safefutures@sfyc.net

NewHolly

East African Community Services offers youth tutoring, college preparation, access to career development and internships and a summer program for youth at NewHolly. To find out more, visit http://www.eastafricancs.org or email info@eastafricancs.org.

Yesler

Summer Youth Engagement Program

The Summer Youth Engagement Program, open to Yesler residents age 16-21, matches young adults with employers involved in Yesler redevelopment. Participants receive a stipend, gain job skills and explore different careers during an eight-week period. For more information, contact Jared Jonson at jared.jonson@seattlehousing.org or 206.615.3548.

Read an article written by a participant in the 2014 program.

Summer Youth Media program

The seven-week Summer Youth Media program creates a venue where teens ages 13-18 discover their expressive voice through photography and video as a means to examine the history of Yesler Terrace, the diversity within their community, and the potential impact of the redevelopment project. Based at the Yesler Learning Center, students learn digital photography, video production, digital imaging, journalism and documentary practices in interviewing, investigating and writing. For more information, contact Asfaha Lemlem, Rec-Tech Site Lead: asfaha.lemlem@seattle.gov or 206.386.1245

Environmental Leaders Program

Young SHA residents have the opportunity to participate in a six-month Environmental Leadership Program run by SHA and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Youth gain leadership and career-readiness skills and participate in an environmental community service project. Participants receive a stipend. For more information, contact Jared Jonson at jared.jonson@seattlehousing.org or 206.615.3548.

Yesler Learning Center

The Center, made possible by the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), provides access to technology training for SHA residents, including young children, youth, adults, and seniors. The teen program includes classes such as Video Game Creation. Additional classes are offered on employment preparation, including resume development, employment research and job searches. The program offers workshops including tax preparation; citizenship preparation; financial literacy; and the process to obtain a driver's license.  For more information, contact Asfaha Lemlem: asfaha.lemlem@seattle.gov or 206.386.1245
 

Big-Brained Superheroes Club at Yesler

On a mission to tap into the hidden strengths that all young people have through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), The Big-Brained Superheroes Club at Yesler Community Center is, at its core, about community coming together to create. Exercising real-life superpowers (such as Leadership, Teamwork, and Sense of Adventure) to build a kinder, nerdier, more imaginative world. For more information, contact Jared Jonson at jared.jonson@seattlehousing.org or 206.615.3548.

Programs for young adults

City year works in schools and communities to help kids reach their full potential. 

https://www.cityyear.org/seattle

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. Complete an interest form at yearup.org/seize-opportunity.

If you have questions, please contact Year Up’s Recruitment Team at yupsrecruitment@yearup.org or 206.876.7567.

Please note that types of services, qualifications, and availability changes often. The best source of current information about each of these programs is through the program itself.