We envision a place where the Y invests in leadership development to empower our staff and volunteers to best serve our members and the community, brings people together for connection and belonging, and instills character development in our youth through values-based programs and caring adult role models.
Themes: Celebrate • Develop • Reward
Strategically invest in career growth and leadership development.
Foster a culture of celebration and recognition.
Commit to fair, equitable, and transparent employment practices.
Build a diverse and inclusive staff to enhance service within our communities.
Themes: Accessible • Value • Connected
Ensure all members feel welcomed and supported in achieving their personal goals.
Strengthen initiatives that connect youth to caring adults and each other.
Intentionally serve under-represented populations in our community.
Expand accessibility for low-income families and individuals.
Program and Summer Experience
Themes: Relational • Inclusive • Collaborative
Drive innovation in our core programs and partnerships.
Expand and enrich summer regional day camp and outdoor experience.
Improve the health and wellbeing of our communities through expanded Y programs and collaborations.
Position the Y as a charity of choice.
Deepen the sense of purpose among staff, members, volunteers, and community.
Seek strategic partnerships with community entities in our service area.
COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY
We work diligently to keep children and everyone in our care safe. We require a complete criminal, personal, and professional background check of each staff and volunteer member. Additionally, all members and guests who enter a YMCA facility are immediately screened through a local and national sex offender registry, and our database is thoroughly reviewed every month.
Not only all staff, but also all volunteers, must read and follow our child abuse prevention policy. Our policy is strict: it prohibits a YMCA staff person or volunteer from being alone with a child where they cannot be observed by others.
All staff and volunteers are required to participate in training about the prevention of child abuse, identifying the signs of abuse and reporting suspected abuse incidents. Staff renew this training every year. Staff and volunteers in direct service with children are required to undergo additional child abuse prevention trainings.
If any YMCA staff member or volunteer becomes aware of any incident of suspected child abuse, they are required to report the incident to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services immediately for investigation and follow up.
2018 Annual Report