Reconnecting Youth

For many young people economic and familial instability are major factors in dropping out of school. Reconnecting Youth is a coordinated, community-wide approach to helping these young people get back on track, complete their education and achieve viable career paths.

Donate to get high school students back on track

Dr. Ben Danielson makes the case statement for 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.


How It Works


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 MaritéLee and Anthony are getting their educations back on track.

  • We’ve grown from 3 sites serving 317 youth to 15 sites serving 12,223 youth
  • Doubled capacity at YouthSource and Highline to serve high-need geographic areas
  • Approximately $21 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.

$1 Million +

  • The Ballmer Group
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Richard and Barrie Galanti

$500,000 — $999,999

  • The Boeing Company
  • Jobs For The Future/Social Innovation Fund
  • Blake and Molly Nordstrom
  • Bruce and Jeannie Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom
  • Satya & Rao Remala Foundation
  • Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith

$250,000 — $499,999

  • Brettler Family Foundation
  • Farmers Life Insurance Co.
  • Jon Fine and Paula Selis
  • Brian McAndrews and Elise Holschuh
  • William and Sally Neukom
  • Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

$100,000 — $249,999

  • Anonymous
  • Alaska Airlines
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Jon and Bobbe Bridge
  • Sandra Cavanaugh
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Daniel and Dundeana Doyle
  • Dunietz Minsk Family Foundation
  • Kimberly Harris and Kyle Branum
  • Craig Jelinek
  • Joshua Green Foundation
  • Jim and Diana Judson and Family
  • John C. and Karyl Kay Hughes Foundation
  • Key Bank Foundation
  • Lakeside Industries
  • Scott and Patty Medén
  • Margaret Meister and Joan McBride
  • Raman Family Foundation
  • Rubens Family Foundation
  • Orin Smith Family Foundation
  • James Solimano and Karen Marcotte Solimano
  • Charles and Delphine Stevens
  • U.S. Bank
  • Weyerhaeuser

$20,000 — $99,999

  • Accenture
  • Puget Sound Energy Foundation
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • T-Mobile