On April 26, 2024, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier issued a proclamation at the Symposium on Building a Child and Youth-Centered Community (CYC) reaffirming their dedication to upholding the rights of children and youth and proclaiming Pierce County, Washington, a Child and Youth-Centered Community. It was a moment that acknowledged that every child and youth has the right to a safe, supportive, and inclusive place to live.

The proclamation marks a shift from ideation to implementation, exemplified by the collaborative effort to create the Summer Teen Late Nights program. This program, designed to provide Tacoma students with activities, resources, meals, and a safe space to be with friends on weekday evenings, is a shining example of the positive impact a CYC community can have. It demonstrates how collaboration and pooling of resources can significantly improve the well-being and safety of children and youth.

The proclamation underscores the vital role of collaboration, tangible investments, policies, and children and youth input in making Pierce County a great place to grow.