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Posted on: June 13, 2023

Over $2M awarded for children, youth and young adult services

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing the awards from the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) which funds services for children, youth and young adults in the region. These funds are for educational services that improve education outcomes in early learning, K-12, and higher education.

Over $2 million was awarded to 19 different organizations for the following program and initiatives:


Funding Amount

Program and/or Initiative

Big Home Ministries International


Violence prevention

Clover Park Technical College


Space for students and hybrid learning

Communities in Schools


Capacity building and diverse book library

Dads Move


Certified Peer Counselors

First 5 Fundamentals


Diaper banks

Foundation for Tacoma Students


Expanded Learning Opportunities

Franklin Pierce Schools


Space for students

Helping Hand House


Renovations to emergency shelters for young adults

Hilltop Artist in Residence


New equipment at Silas High School




Technology upgrades for Birth to Three Early Intervention providers

Kid Connect


Books for court-involved youth

Making a Difference


Nutrition programming

Multicultural Family Home Center


New playground and building renovations

Oasis Youth Center


LGBTQ program engagement

Pierce County Parks and Recreation


Leadership instruction for teenagers

Puget Sound Educational Service District


Latinx Family Advocacy

Puget Sound Educational Service District


Native Stories

Puget Sound Educational Service District


Positive Steps – Dropout prevention and re-engagement

Red Barn


Summer drop-in program

Tacoma Boat Builders


Education for Employment Training Program

Young Business Men of WA


Violence prevention


Funding is allocated for a 6-month period between July 1, 2023 – December 15, 2023 and was made available through the PSTAA in the state treasury starting in 2015. The account is funded from a sale and use tax offset fee of 3.25% of total payments made by Sound Transit on the cost of construction projects from Sound Transit 3, as approved by voters in 2016.

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