Get To Know The Unified Outreach Team
Building a COMMUNITY Where All Youth Are Safe and Valued
Who We Are
Founded in 1998 Unified Outreach is a unique Arts-based 501c3 Charity that provides programs to community centers, public and private schools, transitional housing/youth shelters, and other organizations seeking to provide industry level Arts instruction to children in Seattle’s under-served neighborhoods.
OUR MISSION is to assist under-served, at-risk, disabled, and arts-starved youth with personal growth and character-building using the Arts to break down racial, economic, and social barriers, to inspire creativity, to build confidence, and to promote positive self-esteem.
We have a 20-year history of providing enrichment classes to K-5 students, work-readiness classes to 13-18-year-old opportunity youth, a free to the public community arts magazine (www.Vibrantart.org), as well as multiple free community events that bring neighbors together; including cultural celebrations, fashion & runway extravaganza’s, talent shows, and race & culture dialogue forums.
Our Board is made up of over 70% of people of color, over 50% women; with our teaching staff reflecting similar numbers. Our leadership team prides itself on being student/client-driven when it comes to class offerings and we make every effort to provide the art training classes and community events that our students and families want to see, which is why we boast one of the most eclectic teaching rosters in the city.
What We Do
We build safe communities! We bring neighbors together to understand and celebrate our unique differences, finding new friends, allies, associates, and colleagues. As we build a more positive city, we tear down racial, cultural and economic barriers using arts and technology to build a bridge of communication and cooperation.
Unified Outreach proudly offers industry level arts and technology classes to underserved areas; focusing on building self-esteem and teaching viable career training and life skills to low income, at-risk, minority, special needs, and economically challenged youth. Unified Outreach builds a bridge across racial, cultural and economic barriers using arts and technology, in a safe learning environment where children are encouraged to work together on group projects. These projects allow children to interact with others, make new friends, break down stereotypes, and receive positive feedback from their peers. By working in groups, youth make new friendships, break-down barriers, and learn to function as part of a team.
Unified Outreach cares out our youth! We’ve partnered with youth advocacy groups such as Circle of Love Outreach, SW Youth & Family Services, and SWVPI to reach at-risk and opportunity youth with genuine educational opportunities that build self-esteem and provide unique paths for personal and professional growth. We’ve launched community campaigns and marched to stop the youth-on-youth violence, and built work-readiness programs that offer youth a fun and educational environment that focuses on communication, conflict resolution, public speaking, resume construction, and mock interviews, as well as exploring career
Over the past 20 years, Unified Outreach has created a diverse catalogue of positive programs that have contributed to King County’s rich artistic and cultural scene. Unified Outreach is unmatched when it comes to the diversity of our offerings, which include K-5 arts & enrichment classes, young adult work-preparedness classes, race & culture dialogue forums, summer art day camps, SPS summer learning loss-prevention partnerships, free grocery give-a-ways, free community events and cultural celebrations, and more.