We build bridges between organizations and across systems to create an ecosystem of supports for young people


Five years ago, we set out to bring cohesion and momentum to the shared purpose of serving children and youth in our region. Today, Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is a coalition of 100+ members who are working together to improve outcomes for young people. Representing the executive leadership of King County-based youth-serving organizations, we are uniquely positioned to: advocate for young people with the systems (school districts, governments, the public) that affect them; develop field-level knowledge about best practices in youth development; and build leadership strength in the non-profit youth development sector.

Retrospective Report

Our Retrospective Report shares what we’ve learned and accomplished in our first five years (2011-2016) as a staffed coalition and cross-sector convener. We have been honored to watch our growing network of nonprofit leaders build connections to one another and continue to advocate for and build more holistic supports for children and youth in King County. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished together and excited for what the future holds.

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan outlines our organizational (increasing member engagement, representation, and communication for governance), programmatic (field building, advocacy, and cross-sector leadership), and operations (improving fundraising and operational practices that support sustainability) goals for 2017-2019. Each of these goals builds and unifies the youth development field in order to improve outcomes for young people in King County.


Our membership is composed of Executive Directors, CEOs, and other key leaders of non-profit organizations directly serving youth ages 5 through young adulthood within King County. Learn more…