Tacoma Shine is destined to “SHINE “. Tacoma Shine is an athletic program that is used to motivate and develop positive life skills in todays at risk youth. Tacoma Shine was established in 1992 in order to detour youth into a positive safe haven. In 1992 the city of Tacoma as well as today was suffering from gang violence, increased drop-out rate and teen pregnancy. In order to save Tacoma from complete destruction, I believe we needed to plant some seeds of greatness and nourish them with positive values.
We developed Tacoma Shine!! Over the years, Tacoma Shine has accomplished greatness. We have helped lower the teen-drop rate and teen pregnancy. We have motivated youth to stay in school and helped them prosper as positive role models in the community.
“Tacoma Shine has helped me stay away from negative groups and has surrounded me with positive people, so all I want to do is something positive.” 6th grader Matayza
“Tacoma Shine has taught me how important it is to take care of my community. We did the eastside clean sweep and it felt good to clean up my neighborhood.” “Now it is beautiful!” 8th grader Heidi