SOAR’s King County Youth Development Network (YDN) facilitates both online and in-person networking, striving to build a supportive, cohesive and cooperative youth development community to ensure that all young people in King County have access to high quality programs and caring, supportive adults.
YDN supports more than 1,500 youth development workers in King County by sharing resources, collaborating, and connecting individuals and organizations, both online and in-person.
- Online Resource Hub & Website: KCYDN’s website provides centralized resources and information, visited regularly by over 1,100 people each month. Youth workers actively post youth development events, jobs, discussion, and blogs. Connect to this valuable resource at kcyouthdevelopment.net.
- In-Person Networking , Professional Panels & Training: KCYDN also hosts in-person networking, professional panels and training through monthly networking events that raise awareness of local resources and encourage new partnerships. Topics include Youth Employment, Truancy Prevention & Intervention, Youth & Media, LGBTQ Youth, and Youth Legal Resources. Events generally draw 30-40 youth program staff from a variety of contexts, to engage deeply on a current issue facing youth development.
The YDN website and networking events are collaborative SOAR projects, supported by the Dupar Foundation, the City of Redmond, City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, Metrocenter YMCA, School’s Out Washington, University of Washington and many more child & youth organizations in King County.