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Learning Centers

Learning Center North, located at Shoreline Community College, and Learning Center Seattle, located at Seattle Vocational Institute, serves youth who have not completed high school but who want to attain their GED and go on to college, technical training and/or employment.    

Services

  • Individualized instruction to help students earn their GED
  • Post-GED studies to further improve math and writing skills in preparation for college
  • Assistance in transitioning to Shoreline Community College’s Career Education Options (CEO) Program. This free-of-charge program supports youth without a high school diploma. Students receive such support until they are 22 years of age.
  • Assistance in preparing for employment, in finding a job, and in accessing WorkSource services
  • Paid internships (for those eligible for this particular type of assistance)
  • Assistance in dealing with barriers to academic and employment success such as transportation, housing, parenting issues, legal issues and substance abuse
  • Individualized support and counseling as well as some emergency financial assistance

Eligibility

  • Any student age 16-24 who has dropped out of high school

How to access services

  • Enrollment is ongoing
  • Learning Center North: call 206-533-6733 to schedule an orientation appointment
  • Learning Center Seattle: call 206-934-4439 to schedule an orientation appointment


YouthSource

A youth one-stop center located at WorkSource Renton offering an array of programs for young adults ages 16 to 24 who have dropped out of high school. These programs focus on education, employment and leadership development. They also provide connections to youth programs, community resources for life stabilization, job readiness and placement services, and comprehensive case management.

Services

Education services: Assisting youth in completing high school or attaining a GED in a nontraditional setting. In partnership with Renton Technical College, services are:

  • Contextual learning related to careers
  • Aligned with Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EARLS)
  • Open entry/open exit
  • Project-based learning
  • Self-paced and student-centered
  • Small group instruction-focused

Employment: employment activities occur along with academic work. Job-seeking youth can access:

  • Career exploration with hands-on experiential opportunities and internships in fields of interest
  • Job placement services
  • Job readiness training
  • Job retention services
  • Job search assistance

Leadership: Students are encouraged to develop themselves positively by taking on leadership roles. Opportunities include:

  • Community/service Learning
  • Interpersonal skill development
  • Justice committee/advocacy work
  • Life skills training
  • Public speaking presentations
  • Student council

Eligibility

  • Any student age 16-24 who has dropped out of high school

How to access services

To apply for program enrollment or to learn more information, call 206-477-7010. Program Manager: Jamila Jones

Stay in School

The Stay in School Program provides a comprehensive mix of year-round services to youth in danger of not completing high school. Partner school districts include:

We increase people’s levels of academic achievement and awareness of career and post-secondary options. We build skills needed to be successful in school and work. “Earn and Learn” experiences and career exploration/post-secondary planning are available to youth ages 16 to 24. Program runs year-round including during the summer where students gain work experience and earn high school credits.

Services

  • Access to post-secondary education
  • Case management
  • Credit retrieval through summer/fall work and learn experiences
  • Employment placement
  • Other individualized services
  • Tutoring

Program locations are at the following schools:

  • Foster High School
  • Kent Meridian High School
  • Renton High School
  • Todd Beamer High School
  • Tyee High School

Eligibility

Students who are: 

  • Between the ages of 16-21 (18-year-old male participants are required to register with selective service)
  • Considered “at-risk” of dropping out of school
  • Low-income or have a disability
  • Eligible for free/reduced lunch   
  • Able to show sufficient documentation for employment

How to apply

Students need to be referred to the Stay in School Program by school counselors, court workers, teachers or staff from partner schools. If you are a parent interested in enrolling your child, contact the your child’s school counselor or Shereese Braun at Shereese.Braun@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-4388.

 

Other youth/young adult programs and resources

Youth and Family Services Association

Contracted community-based agencies provide a range of counseling and youth development services that seek to help young people develop healthier lives and futures. Agencies work with youth and/or their family to promote positive youth development and to reduce high-risk behaviors.

Primary goals

  • Prevent youth from entering or re-entering the justice system
  • Reduce the disproportional number of youth of color in the juvenile justice system

Services

Each agency is connected to one of the 19 school districts in King County. Services vary by agency and may include:

  • Juvenile justice prevention and intervention resources
  • Youth development
  • Counseling
  • Case canagement    

North King County and Seattle:

East King County:

South King County:

How to access services

Contact one of the agencies above for more information.

Juvenile Justice Initiative

The providers below have specific programs to serve youth involved or at-risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Please contact one of the following providers to enroll a youth into a program:

New Family Services

The program provides education and employment support to young mothers/families enrolled in King County Public Health’s Nurse Family Partnership program. King County Department of Community Human Services staff provide education, training, information/referral and employment services. Public Health staff provide child development and family planning services.

How to access services

To learn more about the program, contact Shereese Braun at Shereese.Braun@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-4388
Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9010

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-5260