Associated Recreation Council

aka ARC   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.arcseattle.org

Mission

ARC's mission is to inspire engagement and participation in equitable, dynamic, culturally relevant, and responsive recreation and lifelong learning programs.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Ms. Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth

Main address

8061 Densmore Ave N

Seattle, WA 98103 USA

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EIN

51-0170717

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Preschool Programs

ARC offers half-day preschool programs at 13 neighborhood community centers. Our school-readiness programs meet the developmental needs of young children by focusing on the emotional, social, physical and cognitive skills necessary to succeed in school and life. All classrooms are designed as safe and nurturing environments with fun-filled learning areas. Programming is based on a recognized standard curriculum, structured into set schedules and routines, and includes both large and small group activities.

Population(s) Served

ARC plays a major role throughout Seattle in delivering high-quality before and after school programs for children aged 5-12. Every month, more than 1,400 children are served at 22 sites. Each program provides care that is responsive to the needs of the served community. A prime example is the program at Jefferson Community Center. There, staff provides active engagement for children before and after school, throughout the long days of the summer and even over school breaks. Children – many from recent immigrant and refugee families and speaking languages as diverse as Cantonese, Spanish and Vietnamese – are encouraged to embrace their individual identities and cultures throughout the learning process. The range of daily offerings, in which children lead and participate, create special memories for all participants and their families.

Population(s) Served

RecTech is an Associated Recreation Council (ARC) program hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Community Centers. The program consists of afterschool components and summer internship programs that provide academic support and work-relevant digital media training to more than 1,700 students residing in some of Seattle’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. It does so in a safe, positive environment that encourages community engagement and includes marketable skills such as graphic design, web design, audio/video production, and multi-media journalism.

Population(s) Served

ARC continues to build upon its successful partnership with Seattle Public Schools by offering enrichment programs aimed at complementing academic instruction with hands-on learning. At several elementary and middle schools, enrichment classes focused on topics such as engineering, writing, computer programming, creative dance, yoga, improvisational theater and foreign languages. One of the more popular offerings this year was robotics, where children learned how to build robots with various sensors and functions. At schools such as Lowell Elementary on Capitol Hill, ARC has built strong relationships with school staff at all levels in order to provide seamless and comprehensive instruction responsive to the needs of all students. Based on the success of this model, ARC is being approached by other schools to offer this programming to still more of Seattle’s children.

Population(s) Served

Specialized Programs offers year-round activities for people with special needs aged 4 and older. Our goal is to provide recreational opportunities for individuals who choose to participate in activities designed and conducted by trained, qualified staff.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To provide equitable, dynamic and responsive recreation and lifelong learning programs for every Seattle resident.

Citizen Engagement and Participation: Involved citizens make our community and neighborhoods better places to live, raise our families and recreate.

Equitable Access: No matter where they live, who they are or what language they speak, Seattle residents deserve to know about and be able to participate in a broad range of quality recreation and lifelong learning opportunities.

People: Residents' interaction with dedicated, diverse and caring staff and volunteers are keys to Seattle's quality of life.

Community: People thrive as individuals when they have a sense of belonging to their community and have opportunities to come together to recreate, socialize and learn.

Accountability: Integrity and transparency of decisions affecting program, finance and people are fundamental to public trust.

ARC serves Seattle residents by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning activities in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation through a wide range of programs, classes, and activities to increase the utilization of the city's parks and facilities. ARC creates a space where children, teens, families and adults can come together to learn, create and attain their best through athletics, the arts, education, environmental stewardship and community events. ARC provides programing and services for 26 Community Centers, 10 Community Pools, the Amy Yee Tennis Center, 3 Environmental Learning Centers, 3 Citywide Programs (Athletics, Lifelong Recreation and Specialized Programs), 3 Small Craft Programs, and 5 RecTech Programs. ARC offers youth scholarships in our many programs that include: sports teams, summer day camps, the Camp Long challenge course, environmental learning programs, tennis lessons, swim lessons and more.

Currently, there are 79 paid full-time staff and 394 part-time staff (many of which are seasonal, summer employees) employed by ARC. On average we work with about 400 volunteers each year.

ARC provides more than 2,500 children and adults across Central and South Seattle with free and low-cost technology access and training at our RecTech Community Technology Centers. Our School-Age Care Program serves over 1,500 children monthly in before and after-school programs and 1,100 children each week during summer day camp. More than 400 senior adults participate in our Sounds Steps each month, and about 450 adults and youth with special needs participate in our specialized athletic programs each year.

We are particularly proud to represent the voice of the community and inject that voice into the programs offered citywide. Programs and services are designed to be responsive to community need, as expressed through the 37 Advisory Councils made up of volunteers representing their own neighborhood or local community.

Financials

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Associated Recreation Council

Board of directors
as of 06/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jonathan Hartung

SHKS Architects

Term: 2015 - 2017

Jonathan Hartung

SHKS Architects

Terry Holme

Holme Builders Inc.

James (Vic) Roberson

City of Seattle, Public Utilities

David Towne

Retired

Frana Milan

King County Parks

Bernardo Ruiz

Seattle Public Schools

Mary Anderson

Windermere

Bernardo Ruiz

Ruiz Properties

Dennis Cook

Michael Cuardra

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes