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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 or email

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 or email


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 or email


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.

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.  

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 or 206.615.3548.

Programs for young adults

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

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

If you have questions, please contact Year Up’s Recruitment Team at 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.