Tacoma Center YMCA Late Nite Program

The Problem

High school students often have a hard time entertaining themselves on weekends: they don't want to stay home, but there usually aren't many legitimate places for them to go. Not only is this a major bummer for the kids, but it can often lead to bigger problems: boredom combined with the lack of a safe, yet fun environment, can be a bad combination. When Charles Lamont Carson co-founded the Tacoma Center YMCA Late Nite Program in Tacoma, WA, he had this in mind. Although the program offered recreational activities, it was even more than just a fun place for young people to spend their Friday nights: the program also provides tutoring, support, and employment training. Fun and functional!

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