People with high school diplomas or GED certificates earn more money than people without them. People with college degrees earn even more. Even if you're still on the street, even if you’ve been out of school for years, YouthCare can help you get back on track to building the life you want.


YouthCare's James W. Ray Orion Center offers tutoring from 1:00 – 3:00pm Monday – Wednesday. Tutoring is designed for students who are not interested in GED class, either because they already have their high school diploma or GED or because they are not able to commit to the GED at this time. Tutoring offers support for other academic goals such as college placement exams, high school or college homework, ASVAB tutoring, or personal academic interests. GED students are also welcome to attend these additional study times.

To join tutoring just come down to the Orion Center between 1:00 – 3:00pm, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

James W. Ray Orion Center
The green building on the corner of Denny and Stewart, at the foot of the I-5 highway overpass on Denny Way.
(Street Address: 1828 Yale Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101)
For additional info, please call our Education team at (206) 724-0965.



Getting a GED (General Education Development) Certificate is one option for youth 16 and over who have not completed their high school diploma. The GED is an electronic test consisting of 4 subject areas: math, science, social studies and reasoning through language arts. YouthCare’s team of GED teachers and volunteer tutors will help you prepare for each test at your own pace. They'll develop an individual education plan with you, provide small-group and one-on-one instruction in the content covered on the test, and support you as you develop other skills that make for continuing success in education, employment, and life.  This program will also cover all the costs of testing as well as transportation to and from class. Some students may be eligible for additional support services, including funding for up to 2 years of tuition within the Seattle College District and/or Special Education services, through our partnership with Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy. 

How to get started on your GED at YouthCare:

  • Come into the Orion Center between 1pm and 3pm, Monday – Friday, so we can administer a CASAS test. This is an appraisal of your current level of education and is also used for placement in YouthCare’s work-training programs. Stopping by in the afternoon will also allow us time to orient you to the program and get you the information you need to get started.
  • After you’ve taken the CASAS, attend GED class Monday–Friday, 9:00am-12:30pm, at the Orion Center.

For additional info, please call our Education team at (206) 724-0965.


Applying to College

Applying to college may seem like a daunting process, but YouthCare is there to help - from seeking scholarships to writing application essays.

We are partnering with Seattle Education Access to provide one-on-one college counseling, workshops, tutoring for COMPASS testing, and campus visits. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call the Education Coordinator at (206) 724-0948.