Central Area Youth Association (CAYA)

119 23rd Avenue

Central Area Youth Association, Seattle, August 8, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Woman helping boy study, CAYA, Seattle, Courtesy CAYA
Central Area Youth Association football players and coaches, Seattle, 1980s, Courtesy CAYA
Central Area Youth Association Cheerleaders, Seattle, 1980s, Courtesy CAYA
Central Area Youth Association Facility, Seattle, 1982, Courtesy CAYA

119 23rd Avenue

The Central District has a long history of programs dedicated to youth development and empowerment, particularly for Black youth. One of the most impactful has been the Central Area Youth Association (CAYA). Founded in 1964, CAYA initially offered a football program for neighborhood kids. Over its 56-year history, CAYA’s mission and program has expanded its reach to provide education, recreation, and social development activities for youth ages of 9 to 18. The association’s current focus in programming includes sports, tutoring, mentorship, and leadership development. Several CAYA “alumni” went on to excel in careers in professional sports, including Jason Terry (NBA) and Corey Dillon (NFL).

Head back to E Yesler Way and continue west on E Yesler toward 22nd Avenue.

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