Human Services Department announces more than $700k in funding for youth development

The Seattle Human Services Department is funding seven organizations to provide youth development and educational support services. Funding awards total over $708,000, and provide constructive school year and summer programming for middle and high school at-risk youth. Funding is focused on serving African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and English language learning youth (ELL).

This grant opportunity requested proposals for youth development, educational support or both program areas. The Human Services Department is investing in these programs to help youth increase self-confidence, build social skills, and increase connection to their school and community. Likewise, educational support is vital to helping youth make academic progress during the school year and during breaks.

Asian Counseling and Referral Service was awarded $116,046 to provide youth development services to southeast Asian youth. Funding for the Southeast Asian Young Men’s and Young Women’s Group will expand the current afterschool program and add summer youth development enrichment programming. Youth can participate in documentary filmmaking, community service learning, civic engagement, physical recreation, and academic pre-employment support.

El Centro de la Raza was awarded $89,068 to provide youth development and educational support to Latino youth. The Afterschool Drop-in Program provides academic support and activities for youth living in the new onsite El Centro de la Raza housing “Plaza Roberto Maestas”. Summer programming will include academic and cultural enrichment activities, recreation and field trips.

Interim Community Development Association was awarded $96,131 to provide youth development programming with a focus on first generation limited ELL Asian and Pacific Islander youth. The Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development youth program provides afterschool and summer community programs and an environmental justice leadership development program.

Neighborhood House was awarded $75,357 to serve youth within the Highpoint public housing neighborhood. The Studio program provides an afterschool and summer approach to build STEM engagement and skills, combine hands-on activities, receive mentorship, prepare for college and career, and get involved with the community. This program is supported by University of Washington STEM mentors and youth have the opportunity to provide an annual project showcase for the community.

Refugee Women’s Alliance received $111,297 to provide youth development and educational support programming with an emphasis on serving youth from refugee and immigrant families. The ReWA Youth Program will provide customized academic support through one-on-one and small group tutoring including English as a second language homework support and a variety of positive engaging peer group activities.

Vietnamese Friendship Association was awarded $116,046 to provide educational support with an emphasis on serving ELL youth. The program, afterschool at the Seattle World School on Saturdays, and over the summer. The Vietnamese Friendship Association will provide tutoring, homework help, credit retrieval, native language courses, and service learning opportunities.


YWCA was awarded $104,335 to provide youth development and educational support for low income African American girls. GirlsFirst aims to engage youth in academic achievement, self-empowerment and awareness, and career discovery. These girls will have the opportunity to participate in a robotics team, summer leadership academy, choir, and onsite afterschool programming at four local high schools.



The Human Services Department invests more than $22.7M to help prepare youth in Seattle for success. To learn more about HSD’s work to ensure that all of Seattle youth are prepared to for the future regardless of race, income, immigration status and neighborhood please visit our website. These awards are funded by the City of Seattle General Fund.




The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net. HSD provides $89 million in funding through 450 contracts to nearly 200 agencies supporting Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year. The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.