White Center Teen Program impacts teen graduation and college admissions 

Since the inception of the White Center Teen Program (WCTP) in 1991, the program has provided White Center youth with a safe, positive environment to get involved in year-round recreation and educational programs and activities. The immediate goal of the program has always been to reduce youth involvement in violent, criminal, or gang-related activities and increase young people’s connection to community through civic and volunteer opportunities. Helping participants to graduate has always been the stretch goal. And staff and teens are thrilled to have had a direct impact in helping 37 teens graduate from 7 local high schools this spring. The program also supported 25 students in securing college offers for the 2023 to 2024 academic year.  

Evergreen High School ASB President Kevin Hoang gave the class speech at his graduation on June 10. In addition to thanking his mother, teachers, and teammates, Kevin expressed his gratitude to the entire staff of the teen program at the Log Cabin. Kevin started attending the teen program when he was 12 years old. In 2021, he started working as a Recreation Aide, providing free, recreational activities for local youth year-round.   

Evergreen High School ASB President Kevin Hoang at his graduation.

In addition to Kevin, two additional WTCP Recreation Aides graduated this year. Allan Estebes is a Log Cabin regular who has emceed the annual Cabin’s Got Talent show. Allan also illustrates popular Cabin graphic novels, co- founded the EHS Chess Club, and referees weekly 5 on 5 tournaments at the Cabin. Michelle Motta Diaz joined the teen program as a Rec Aide and has quickly become a leader at the Cabin. In addition to finding Michelle working with neighborhood kids at the Summer Sack Lunch program, Michelle hosts several Log Cabin YouTube videos.  

White Center Teen Program Recreation Aides Allan Estebes and Michelle Motta Diaz.

Michelle, Allan, and Kevin gardening with WCTP staff Jonathan Nguyen.

Kevin, Allan, and Michelle will share their love of community and contribute their leadership skills to working with hundreds of participants at King County Youth and Teen Programs this summer.  Beyond the summer, each is destined for new adventures: Kevin will pursue a Business and Psychology degree at University of Southern California; Allan will start in the Sports Leadership program at Highline College while also promoting to a Teen Leader position at the Cabin; and Michelle will pursue studying Liberal Arts at Seattle Pacific University.  We congratulate Allan, Kevin, and Michelle on all their achievements! 

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