The Southwest Seattle Youth Alliance Coalition was formed in March 2015 by Southwest Seattle residents, service providers, and Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School staff.

The mission of our Coalition is to promote health and well-being, foster a sense of love and belonging, and prevent and reduce youth substance abuse through compassionate and culturally appropriate collaboration.

Our Coalition strives to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Southwest Seattle by connecting community and school stakeholders through culturally appropriate and sustainable strategies.

As well as serving community members, the Coalition also serves students, families, and staff at Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School. Both schools are attached to one another in an extremely diverse and low-income neighborhood with many active community centers, parks, and businesses in the surrounding area.

Community Role

The SW Seattle Youth Alliance engages community members, organizations, and groups in the Delridge Neighborhood District.

The area served includes various neighborhoods within the Delridge district boundaries. Roxhill/Westwood, Highpoint, Sanislo, Highland Park, and Arbor Heights encompass the diverse and multicultural landscape of our community.

Although the South Park neighborhood is a part of the Greater Duwamish district, many students in that area attend Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School, therefore our Coalition’s programs and activities include serving this area as well.

The area our Coalition serves shows high rates of alcohol and marijuana usage among youth. From the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), data indicated that both alcohol and marijuana 30-day usage are higher than the state average across eighth to tenth graders. Data rates from the HYS also show that there has been a consistent incline in usage over the past two years for tenth grade high school aged youth.

If you’d like to get involved, please complete the contact form or call our Coalition Coordinator, Anastasia Tschida, at (206) 252-8974.