Powerful Schools

Inspiring Minds & Creating Opportunities

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The overall intent of YMCA Powerful Schools is to reduce the academic achievement gap by creating strong partnerships with public schools to help children thrive. Through academic intervention, in and out-of-class learning, family learning and school readiness programs we are ensuring that all children succeed both in and out of school.

In August 2014, the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Powerful Schools voted to join forces. Both organizations believe that combining Powerful Schools and the Y will enable further advancement of meaningful educational interventions for children in underserved communities. We will not skip a beat with respect to service delivery, and we are confident that YMCA Powerful Schools will continue to provide all of its programs with integrity and fidelity.

Since 1991, Powerful Schools has delivered stimulating, multi-year, school-wide academic programs integrated into public elementary schools in Seattle and South King County. Our target audience is children who are the least empowered and whom are enrolled in schools that lack resources.

During the 2014-2015 school year, YMCA Powerful Schools will work with more than 4,000 children and their families in 20 Seattle and South King County elementary schools, preschools and community centers.