Youth Programs

The University of Puget Sound values the beauty and diversity of the city of Tacoma. We encourage our students to dive deep into the city's culture by exploring new places and meeting new people. One way we carry out this goal is by managing two youth programs, Kids Can Do! and Etc Tutoring. Each program aims to provide academic and personal enrichment to children in Tacoma as well as the student volunteers involved. Our program coordinators work hard to create a mutually fulfilling experience for both participants and volunteers in the following ways:

  • Providing flexible scheduling for busy student schedules
  • Accommodating to students' location preferences 
  • Making these programs free of cost for Tacoma residents
  • Planning group events and outings (again free of cost to volunteers and families!)


Kids Can Do! Mentoring Program

Created in 1989, the mission of Kids Can Do! is to expose area youth to higher education by involving them in campus events and activities. Mentors strive to educate their child about the value of a college education and help them understand their responsibility in obtaining that goal. Kids Can Do! also aims to sponsor educational field trips and activities for mentors and their mentees.

ETC Tutoring Program

ETC Tutoring is an on-campus tutoring program that gives students the opportunity to volunteer and interact with the Tacoma community. Students from grades K-12 are tutored in all subjects. All of the tutoring takes place here on the University of Puget Sound campus, and children/parents must provide their own transportation. However, ETC Tutoring is completely free of charge, and tutors participate on a volunteer basis.