YouthCare was honored to be present as the Mayor and City of Seattle announced that Oak View Group’s (OVG) proposal had been selected to redevelop Seattle’s beloved Key Arena. As OVG considered how to include community investments in their plan, YouthCare was invited in as an essential partner.

While the fine details are part of what we’ll work on together in the coming years, the collaboration will focus on training and employment opportunities for young people, diverse ways to share our mission with guests at the arena, and a generous financial commitment from Oak View Group of $10M ($500K annually for 20 years) to ensure for vital programming for homeless youth in our community.

“It is beyond our most vivid daydreams to think about all that will unfold through our partnership with Oak View Group,” said Melinda Giovengo, CEO.

“We are so incredibly honored to be part of this transformative and historic project. So often homeless youth are invisible or left behind. But today? They are right alongside the City as it prepares to take a powerful and innovative step into its future. We thank Oak View Group for their commitment to Seattle’s shared values, and to helping homeless youth in our community find safety and prepare to take powerful steps into their own futures.”

Click here to read more about the City Council vote and Oak View’s proposed renovation.