We believe that young people deserve every opportunity to learn, lead, connect, contribute, and thrive


Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is a coalition of youth-serving organizations working together to  improve outcomes for young people. Representing the executive leadership of King County-based youth-serving organizations, YDEKC is 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.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission is to build and unify the youth development sector.

Our Vision is that every young person has the opportunity and support they need to learn, lead, connect, contribute, and thrive.

We believe in…

Strengths: We believe that every young person has strengths and potential to be realized.

Building Bridges: We build bridges between our organizations and across systems to create an ecosystem of supports for young people. We stay engaged to find solutions and support their implementation.

Racial Equity: We are committed to building a society where race is not a predictor of one’s success. We must address racism and racial inequities in our own organizations and institutions while also working for the policies, programs, and systems in other sectors that will lead to optimum outcomes for all.

Opportunity for All: We seek to close opportunity gaps and ensure access to high quality opportunities are available to all – especially those who need them most.

Innovation: We innovate, challenge norms, and disrupt longstanding practices to create better pathways for our organizations and the youth they serve.