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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: May 11, 2009
Contact: Gay Neal, Coordinator
Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth
Phone: 360-337-4879
No: 09-28

Kitsap Cares About Kids Challenge

Kitsap County Leaders Take the Challenge and Make the Pledge to Support the Community's Youth

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County leaders in government, business, and youth services will join together on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside at 11:15 a.m. to take the “Kitsap Cares About Kids” Challenge.

Kitsap Cares About Kids is a three year community awareness and fundraising campaign designed to motivate businesses, individuals and organizations to strengthen their relationships with young people.

Sponsored by the Commission on Children and Youth, this campaign is designed to leverage private funding for positive youth development programs in Kitsap County. By joining together the public and private sectors, Kitsap Cares About Kids promotes positive youth development through investing resources in programs, services and opportunities to increase developmental assets.

Developmental Assets are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Former Kitsap County Commissioner and Campaign Co-Chair, Patty Lent, explains “Your support of Kitsap Cares About Kids is not just about donating money – but it is about inspiring people to engage with children and youth in many different ways. You will have an opportunity to make a commitment of your time and talents!”

This is the last year of the campaign.
Kitsap Cares Campaign Accomplishments include:

  • Increased public and private investments in youth programs by over $305,000.

  • Increased services to over 6,000 youth.

  • Raised $8,000 for the Kitsap Cares Fund at the Kitsap Community Foundation.

  • Increased public awareness of the importance of building developmental assets among youth.

  • Increased public awareness of the benefit of youth programs through donated ads in the Kitsap Sun.



To contact the Public Information Officer, 
call Doug Bear at 360-337-4598 or email:

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014