The Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the KTUB/YMCA Youth Institute Program launched this summer

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The program, which lasts 8 weeks, is comprised of intense workshops focusing on Digital Media arts, creative writing, scripting, storyboarding and oral presentations.  At conclusion, the students will have created their own digital films and music, a magazine, 3D animation and website.


The program uses technology as an integral mechanism for promoting positive youth development, post secondary education, and career readiness of culturally diverse urban high school youth.  Participants improve academically and develop stronger ties to their community, having learned leadership, coping and decision making skills.


When asked about the program, Emily Smith, KTUB’s Director, stated “In our first year as a Youth Institute Replication site, the words that come to mind to describe these youth are courage, tenacity, and impact.  I am confident that our first ever family of Youth Institute graduates have a sense of accomplishment that only comes from pushing themselves beyond their previous limits.”  The participants are clearly focused and excited about their new found skills, the upcoming school year, and more importantly -- their futures.


KTUB invites you to attend the graduation ceremony for these special and promising youth on Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at KTUB located at 348 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033.


The Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation is proud to be a part of this exciting and future building program.  If you would like more information about the program, please contact Emily at, or go to 2013 Seattle YMCA KTUB Youth Institute on Facebook.


Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Washington corporation, which allows for fully tax deductible donations to various charitable causes. The Foundation found the Youth Institute Program to be consistent with it’s objective of helping children in the greater Kirkland area. If you would like more information regarding the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation please go to: