Tribal Government Departments
Youth Development Program
Page last updated:
June 1, 2023
9:23 am

Muckleshoot Youth Facility

38625 172nd Ave SE

Auburn, WA 98092

Muckleshoot Teen Center

17608 SE 400th St

Auburn, WA 98092


Department Overview

The mission of the Youth Development Program (YDP) is to provide positive and healthy extracurricular, cultural activities and education that focus on leadership and promote positive self-image, sensitive topic awareness/ prevention, and life skills the program enables the children and youth of the Muckleshoot community to be equipped with the tools to needed for a successful life.

Services Provided

MCDC Partnership/Support

  • Open at 7:00 am and closing at 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Serve Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack daily.
  • Before and after school care.
  • Fun onsite activity planning for school breaks (Mid-Winter Break, Spring Break, and Winter Break).

YDP Afterschool Programming

  • Re-opened the Youth Facility (2nd-5th grade) and Teen Center (6th grade-12th grade) on March 17th for afterschool activities.
  • Open Monday through Friday and open early on MTS PBL days and for ASD/MTS early release days.
  • Healthy snack and dinner served daily.
  • Limited transportation offered within reservation boundaries.
  • Daily activities that focus on Culture, STEAM, SEL, Awareness, healthy physical activity, and Leadership themes.
  • Friday’s at the Health and Wellness Center- Youth Facility swimming and activities in the gym and Teen Center work out sessions upstairs including yoga and exercise.
  • Monthly field trips (Black Panther Movie, Big Air Trampoline Park, Bowling, etc.).

YDP Summer Camp

  • Youth Facility for students going into the 2nd to 5th grade and Teen center for students going into the 6th to 12th grade.
  • 11-week session from June 21st to September 1st.
  • Open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Healthy breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack offered daily.
  • Limited transportation offered within reservation boundaries (including pick-up).
  • Daily activities that focus on Culture, STEAM, SEL, Awareness, healthy physical activity, and Leadership themes.
  • Weekly field trips (Movies, Big Air Trampoline Park, Bowling, etc.).
  • Trips to the HWC twice a week- Youth Facility swimming and gym activities and Teen Center swimming and upstairs workout sessions.

Outlook for 2023

Transitioning into the New Community Center

  • Construction is projected to finish in late spring/early summer.
  • The Youth Facility and Teen Center will be located on the north side of the building and will offer many new features and amenities.
  • New building has a dedicated YDP kitchen, movie theater, STEAM classroom, Art classroom, expanded playground, expanded computer lab, Teen Center “Arcade”, studio, Teen Center Quiet Room, and access to the new gym.

Collaborating with MIT Culture Department

  • Working together in preparation for Canoe Journey 2023.
  • Incorporating more cultural activities into daily programming at the Youth Facility, Teen Center and Summer Camp.

Potential Expanded Services and Hours

  • As YDP participant numbers increase every year the new and expanded facility brings more opportunity for growth.
  • The YDP will look at ways to add services more focused on High School age participants.

Collaborating with Other MIT Departments

  • The YDP has partnered with HWC on several events and continue to look forward to future collaborations. The HWC has been amazing to work with and events are always well received by the youth.
  • More collaborations with behavioral health for prevention and the horse barn.
  • Search for opportunities to work with other departments.

Continued Staff Development

  • The YDP will recruit more staff and create opportunities for growth.
  • Continue training opportunities for staff, including Bridge Conference, SOWA virtual training opportunities, and other opportunities.
  • Select staff participate at the National Afterschool Association Convention (NAAA23).

Community Engagement

  • Host events that are open to the community.
  • Make the studio available for community use.

Highlights of 2022

  • Continued partnership with MCDC through March. Hosted MCDC school age youth from Auburn School District, Enumclaw School District, and neighboring school districts for before and after school care.
  • Re-opened the Youth Facility and Teen Center for after school activities.
  • Afterschool participation at the YDP grew from an average of 44 participants daily in 2019 to 55 participants daily in 2022 (20% increase March-June and September-November 2019 vs 2022).
  • The summer of 2022 was one of the hottest in memory and the YDP staff found many fun and creative ways to help participants beat the heat. Activities included many squirt gun and water balloon wars as well as a misting tent on days that were hotter than 90 degrees.
  • Summer camp participation grew from an average of 63 participants daily in 2021 to an average of 79 participants daily in 2022 (20% increase over same 9-week span).
  • Spring Break and Winter Break- YDP adjusted hours to 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and offered daily field trips and fun onsite activities.

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