What are YMCA Community Learning Centers?

Tacoma Public Schools and the YMCA partner to create Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in select schools throughout the district. CLCs serve as a hub for all community organizations working in the school building. This allows organizations to align efforts and services in an intentional and effective way. Each CLC site has a full-time YMCA staff person on-site to coordinate efforts.

The CLC model provides holistic programming before, during, and after school to address students’ academic, physical, social, and emotional development. Students are exposed to diverse topics to discover and develop their skills and interests.




CLC Programming areas include:

  • Academic Support
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership Development
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Arts Education
  • Service Learning
  • College and Career Preparation
  • Global Learning
  • Family Engagement

The Y is doing more than just providing after school programs. We're bringing together a range of support and opportunities that help youth realize who they are and all they can achieve.

The Y is proud to have CLC sites at the following Tacoma locations:

  • Baker Middle School Bulldog Center
  • First Creek Middle School Eagle Center
  • Giaudrone Middle School Husky Center
  • Stewart Middle School Panther Center
  • Thomas Middle School Titan Center
  • Truman Middle School Titan Center

"The YMCA understands the value of true collaboration. Together we are aligning resources to remove access barriers for families and support for our city's children. The YMCA's programming in Tacoma is a true inspiration for students and our staff."

- Josh Garcia, Deputy Superintendent, Tacoma Public Schools


Brotherhood and Sisterhood

YMCA Brotherhood and Sisterhood are school-based mentoring programs with values based practices surrounding respect, responsibility, honesty, and caring.  In addition to academic support, Brotherhood and Sisterhood programs help youth identify their goals and passions, building their confidence through encouragement and support. Our mentors currently serve students in Tacoma Public Schools during lunch, after school, and summer programming.



About These Programs

The Y is a cause-driven organization focused on three key areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We believe a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

The YMCA provides opportunities for all teens to get involved in programs that build a sense of self-worth.

Teen programs at the YMCA give youth a positive adult role model, purpose and passion life, and tools for academic success. Programs focus on the spiritual, mental, social and physical health of teens.