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Youth Tutoring Program

 “I try to instill in my students to look up words in the dictionary. At the end of one tutoring session, instead of playing games, my student wanted to read the dictionary. Amazing!”

- From Charley, a New Holly YTP Tutor 

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The Youth Tutoring Program (YTP) is an after-school educational enrichment program for vulnerable first through twelfth grade students who live in six low- and mixed-income housing communities in Seattle. Started as a partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority in 1991, the tutoring centers provide youth with a safe, positive, and stimulating environment to explore learning and experience academic and personal success.

Volunteers are the heart of the program. They work with individual or pairs of students. In addition to offering academic support, volunteers serve as role models and friends to the students. We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 - 2014 school year program.

At the tutoring centers, students build skills in reading and math, get help with homework, and strengthen their sense of self-esteem and self-respect. There are six YTP tutoring centers located throughout Seattle. Centers are open in the late afternoon and early evening hours.  YTP students are wonderfully diverse, representing many nationalities, cultures, languages and religions.

During the school year, YTP offers programming to help elementary, middle and high school students build academic and life skills. Students and tutors work one-on-one or in small groups to address learning gaps, develiop core academic skills and improve reading comprehension.  

Click here to learn more about our mission, vision and values.

Come support our End of Summer Learning Party!

Every year, at the conclusion of our six week summer learning program, we reward youth and teen interns with a party. This year, our 170 students are supercharged. They are blasting through books, mapping DNA and growing gardens all around Seattle. They definitely deserve a wonderful celebration. We invite tutors, donors and supporters of YTP to join us at this year’s “End of Summer Learning Party” on August 4th. We’re hosting a picnic at a local park, replete with grilled burgers, sides, watermelons and a huge Borrachini’s sheet cake. If you’d like to join us (or help support the party), please contact us. We’d love to see you there!


YTP Students are College Bound!


Our Back to School Supply Drive is about to Gear UP!

ytp_school_supply_drive_2014Many of our youth and their families survive on limited incomes. As such, each summer, YTP staff and volunteers activate to support the collection of school supplies for our students. Partnerships with local faith based organizations, businesses and private donors are all critical in collecting a sufficient amount of supplies to support our 465+ youth effectively.

Consider serving as one of our event promoters, supply collectors, or generous donors! Items of high demand include USB drives and calculators, while the standard supplies required by Seattle Public Schools are always in need, too.

If you are interested in supporting our efforts, please contact the Fund Developer at: 206-328-5970. Let’s help our students start the academic year off on the right foot!


Thanks to All Our Supporters!

Dream Big 2014Early Friday morning, on March 14, supporters of the Youth Tutoring Program (YTP) and the University District Youth Center (UDYC) came together to support CCS youth programs at our annual breakfast fundraiser, Dream Big. This year proved to be another incredible experience, with the event held at the Teatro ZinZanni. Our youth speakers inspired and reminded us of the real challenges faced by many youth as they navigate life in at-risk environments. We are grateful to both new and longtime supporters who donated over $32,000 dollars through this event.

If you’d like to host an event to support the Youth Tutoring Program, please contact
Bridget Guerrero at 202-328-5970.
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Our Students

YTP serves elementary, middle, and high school youth living in Seattle’s low- and mixed-income public housing communities. Ninety-nine percent of the participants are children of color. Ninety-two percent of our students come from immigrant families. Our predominant population of students is of East African ethnicity (70%), followed by 9.5% Vietnamese and 5.6% Latino. Nine percent of our students identify as African American. Once our students join YTP, they generally enjoy a long tenure at our centers. Forty-four percent of the students attending YTP tutoring centers have done so for at least three years consecutively. 

Unfortunately many of our students’ parents cannot help their children with schoolwork. Parents often work long hours in low wage jobs to support their families and are unavailable to help with homework. Some parents have not achieved sufficient academic proficiency while others are new to this country and do not have a command of the English language. English is either not spoken at home or is the second language for 86% of our students. And most families cannot afford academic tools and other resources common in middle-income households, such as computers and Internet access.

"(The YTP is) an extremely valuable resource for the neighborhood and kids. The attendance of the kids week after week attests to the greatness of this program. No one forces these kids to come yet it’s very full week after week." --YTP Tutor

“M. needs a great deal of assistance in completing his assignments both at home and at school. Since his parents speak only minimal English, he does not receive much help from them regarding school work. It's therefore essential for M. to receive as much one-on-one tutoring if he is to advance and progress in his academic subjects. Thank you for providing him a positive environment in which he can grow and flourish.” – Seattle Public School Teacher

Our Impact

During 2013, 465 children were served by the Youth Tutoring Program (YTP). In a recent survey, 96% of the students and 93% of their parents reported improvements in grades or schoolwork (or maintenance of already good grades) due to participation in our program. The results also indicated improvements in key skills and indicators of future academic success. 

The children who participate in the Youth Tutoring Program live in low- and mixed-income communities. They are considered at-risk for low academic achievement, poor school attendance, high drop-out rate, exposure to and involvement in substance abuse and gangs, low self-esteem, and little or no after-school supervision or parental involvement in their lives.

The YTP mitigates these risk factors by offering hope, help, and a positive presence in these youths’ lives. As a result of attending tutoring, students turn in higher quality homework more frequently and they gain the basic math and language arts skills they need to work at their grade level.

Through community support and student popularity, the program has grown substantially.


Tutoring Centers:
High Point
West Seattle
6400 Sylvan Way SW, Rm 112
Seattle, WA 98126
        (206) 588-4900 ext. 624   
Rainier Vista
South Seattle
4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 436-1908
Jackson Park
Northeast Seattle 
14374 30th N.E. (Community Building)
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 364-7026
Yesler Terrace 
Central Seattle
     120 8th Ave (3rd Floor)     
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-5590
South Seattle
7058 32nd Ave S., Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 725-7942
    Lake Washington Apartments   
Rainier Beach
9061 Seward Park Ave. S
 Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 328-5924

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YTP serves elementary, middle and high school youth living in select low and mixed-income public housing communities in Seattle.
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For Volunteer Inquiries:
Gabbie Guncay
Volunteer Services Coordinator
(206) 328-5659
We offer many opportunities to help transform the lives of youth. Our volunteer needs can accommodate many types of skills and schedules. Our greatest need is for volunteer tutors in the afternoon/evening.

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Mail Donations To:
Catholic Community Services
Attn: Office of Mission 
100 23rd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144-5797
(please indicate that your gift is intended for YTP) 
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