The YES! Foundation and Run to Win Outreach Camps have partnered together to bring the Jack Thompson Sports Camps to our community. For four days in the summer, young athletes and kids who just love to play, ages 6-11 from White Center, Burien, West Seattle and surrounding areas can choose to learn fundamental skills in any one of the six sports that are offered! It's always a blast! These camps have been invaluable in building community, connecting families and students to resources and relationships and providing an opportunity for kids to be kids for a few days of summer.
Ala Mai Garden is a community garden located in White Center, WA. It is tended to by a collection of people who find healing rhythms in their connection to the land. The food and herbs we grow are distributed to families in White Center through The Yes! Foundation's Programs and the White Center Food Bank. We provide a space for children and youth to grow food for themselves and their families, grow and have access to their own cultural foods and learn about sustainability and regenerative agriculture. We are excited to partner with our community members who are interested in this work.
Our Future Matters
Our Future Matters exists to empower Pacific Islander children, youth and their families to:
Advocate for equity in education
Engage and create their learning experiences
Cultivate their leadership and their own agency in our communities
The OFM Summer Leadership Academy for rising high school juniors and seniors has leader development, civic engagement and exploring and expressing the cultures of the Pacific Islands at its core.
Once a month PI families are invited to join our PI Collective Holistic Resource Workshop series. Workshops have included Family Fun on a Budget, Structured and Unstructured Play, Self Soothing Techniques When Stress & Anxiety Arise and Music, Dance & Culture and more.
Wolverine Select provides a premier basketball program for local youths. Wolverine Select is accessible, community based and will encourage and promote athletic skill development, academic achievement and involvement in our community organizations. Our student athletes (grades 3-11) participate in weekly practices, local tournaments, and programming at our partner sites! Programming includes academic support, mentoring, and other life enrichment opportunities.
This program is almost a year old, we currently have five teams. Our goal is to expand to 12 teams which would serve 130 student athletes within the next two years. Wolverine Select is offered to our families at $75 per year per child. This fee covers uniforms, equipment, tournament costs, transportation, hotel costs when needed and gym fees. Scholarships for partial or full funding are available to all families.
Wolverine Select is a year-round program with four seasons--Fall (September to November), Winter (December to February), Spring (March to May) and Summer (June to August).
A bilingual program that gathers Central American youth in South King County around food, art, music and dance to increase educational success, facilitate healing, and create space for joy and belonging. We do this as an investment in their families and whole community.
Using the power of technology and the reach of media, Inside White Center podcast aims to tell the authentic stories of White Center from the perspective of folks living and working there. It is our goal to celebrate the successes of the community and its people, inspire hope in folks as they learn about the great work happening in and around White Center, and empower people with information so they can be part of moving our community continually forward.