Reconnecting Youth

By helping young people get their education back on track, we can restore their hope for the future.

Young people drop out of high school for many reasons. Some don’t get the support they need to succeed academically. Some miss too many days because they don’t have a stable home. Some get jobs to help support their families. Whatever the reason, their chances for success plummet when their education stalls.

Reconnecting Youth is a coordinated, community-wide approach to helping these young people complete their education and achieve viable career paths.

9th grade is the most common year that kids drop out of school.


The Reconnecting Youth program operates in 15 sites around King County and focuses on the 14,000 young people in King County, 16 to 24 years old, who are not in school and don’t have a stable job. Staff and partners provide some variation in style, fit and location, so that if one approach doesn’t work, participants can try another. All partners offer support build on these three key elements:

1:1 mentoring. A staff coach mentors each young person throughout the program, until individual goals are met.

Educational Coaching. Young people receive tutoring and support during the enrollment, instruction and testing process of earning a GED. Many also get connected to internships and part-time jobs.

Career Navigation. Staff offer postsecondary navigation support so that young people can take future steps toward a career path.

Success to Date

Through Reconnecting Youth, young people like November, Lee and Anthony are getting their educations back on track.

  • We’ve grown from 3 sites serving 317 youth to 15 sites serving 8,609 youth
  • Doubled capacity at YouthSource and Highline to serve high-need geographic areas
  • Approximately $14 million in state dollars have been drawn down since 2015

Our Goal: Engage 50% of Disconnected Youth

By 2020, our goal is to engage half of the 14,000 eligible teens and young adults in King County in this program. Helping these young people get back on track will transform lives and our community.

Reconnecting Youth Honor Roll

With support from these generous donors, we are helping young people reach high school completion, access post secondary education, and get on a stable career path.

Family and Individual Leadership Donors

$1.5 Million+

The Ballmer Group


Richard and Barrie Galanti

$500,000 — $999,999

Blake and Molly Nordstrom

Bruce and Jeannie Nordstrom

Satya and Rao Remala Foundation

Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation

Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith

$250,000 — $499,999

Brettler Family Foundation

Jon Fine and Paula Selis

Brian McAndrews and Elise Holschuh

Sally and Bill Neukom

Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation

$100,000 — $249,999

Jon and Bobbe Bridge

Sandra Cavanaugh

Dan and Dundeana Doyle

Dunietz Minsk Family Foundation

Joshua Green Foundation

Kimberly Harris and Kyle Branum

Craig Jelinek

Jim and Diana Judson and Family

John C. and Karyl Kay Hughes Foundation

Scott and Patty Medén

Margaret Meister and Joan McBride

Erik and Julie Nordstrom

Jamie and Lisa Nordstrom

Raman Family Foundation

Rubens Family Foundation

Orin Smith Family Foundation

James Solimano and Karen Marcotte Solimano

Charles and Delphine Stevens

Brad and Danielle Tilden

Leigh Toner and Chris Capossela

Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation

$50,000 — $99,999

Janna Carlson and Bradley Horwitz

Ed and Karen Fritzky Family

David and Cathy Habib Foundation

Lawrence and Mary Ellen Hughes

Hamilton James

Lina and Novian Junus

Mary Kay and Michael Hallman

Mary A. Knell

Moe and Susan Krabbe

Pam Smith Mentz and David Mentz

Julie and Jeff Schoenfeld

Corporate & Government Funders

$1.5 Million+

Microsoft Corporation


The Boeing Company

Jobs For The Future/Social Innovation Fund


$250,000 — $499,999

Farmers Life Insurance

Wells Fargo

$100,000 — $249,999

Alaska Airlines


Bank of America

Costco Wholesale

KeyBank Foundation

Lakeside Industries

U.S. Bank


$25,000 — $99,999


Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Starbucks Coffee Company