Serving Schools and Meeting Needs

The Community Learning Centers (CLC) program is comprehensively designed to address the multifaceted needs of students in Tacoma and Clover Park middle schools. 

At its core, the CLC model is about delivering a wide range of services and resources like tutoring, homework help, and STEM and literacy programs that are tailored to meet the unique needs of students. CLCs are a collaborative effort involving school districts, the Y, and 20 community agencies.


Participating Locations


Tacoma Public Schools

  • Baker Middle School 
  • Giaudrone Middle School 
  • Stewart Middle School 
  • Truman Middle School 

Clover Park School District

  • Hudtloff Middle School 
  • Lochburn Middle School 
  • Dr. Claudia Thomas Middle School


What We Do


CCI Instructor leads a science lesson on molecules at the YMCA

Caring at our Core

Central to the success of the CLC program are the youth program directors, coordinators, and enrichment coaches. Their roles are vital in creating supportive environments and facilitating meaningful interactions with students and families.

CLC Student receives help with homework during study time at the YMCA

Academic Support

Tutoring and Homework Help: We provide students with access to tutoring and homework assistance to ensure they stay on track academically. 

STEM Programs: Students can engage in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities to spark interest and build skills in these critical areas. 

Literacy Programs: We offer reading and writing opportunities to improve literacy skills and spark a love of reading. 

CLC Student paints a square tile during art time at the YMCA

Extracurricular Activities

Arts and Music: Students have an opportunity to explore their creativity through arts and music programs. 

Sports and Recreation: We offer sports and recreational activities to promote physical health and teamwork. 

Clubs and Interest Groups: Students can join clubs and interest groups that align with their passions, from robotics to drama. 

CCI student smiling in the middle of a lesson at the YMCA

Social and Emotional Support

Mentorship Programs: We pair students with mentors who provide guidance, support, and positive role models. 

Life Skills Opportunities: Students get access to essential life skills such as financial literacy, time management, effective coping mechanism and communication skills. 




The Impact


YMCA 2023 Youth of the Year student, James Wade smiling with his award certificate.

Student Success

The CLC program is about empowering students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. By investing in the CLC program, stakeholders are investing in the future success of Tacoma's students, ensuring they have the tools and support systems needed to reach their full potential.

CLC student creating slime during art project time at the YMCA.

Success Stories

Improved Academic Performance: Students participating in CLC programs often significantly improve their grades and test scores. 

Enhanced Social Skills: Through various activities and support systems, students develop stronger social skills and build lasting friendships. 

Increased Engagement: Students become more engaged in their education and extracurricular activities, leading to a more well-rounded and fulfilling school experience. 

CCI outdoor lesson in action at the YMCA

Long-Term Benefits

Community Strengthening: By fostering a supportive network of schools, families, and community organizations, the CLC program helps build stronger, more resilient communities. 

Future Success: The Y Equips students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life, ensuring they can contribute positively to society.