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.
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.
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.
The Ballmer Group
Richard and Barrie Galanti
Blake and Molly Nordstrom
Bruce and Jeannie Nordstrom
Satya and Rao Remala Foundation
Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith
Brettler Family Foundation
Jon Fine and Paula Selis
Brian McAndrews and Elise Holschuh
Sally and Bill Neukom
Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation
Jon and Bobbe Bridge
Dan and Dundeana Doyle
Dunietz Minsk Family Foundation
Kimberly Harris and Kyle Branum
Jim and Diana Judson and Family
Joshua Green Foundation
John C. and Karyl Kay Hughes Foundation
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
Leigh Toner and Chris Capossela
Janna Carlson and Bradley Horwitz
David and Cathy Habib Foundation
Mary Kay and Michael Hallman
Lawrence and Mary Ellen Hughes
Lina and Novian Junus
Janet Wright Ketcham Foundation
Mary A. Knell
Pam Smith Mentz and David Mentz
Julie and Jeff Schoenfeld
The Boeing Company
Jobs For The Future/Social Innovation Fund
Farmers Life Insurance
Bank of America
Puget Sound Energy Foundation
Starbucks Coffee Company