Premera Blue Cross is partnering with the Seattle Seahawks to establish the Premera Community MVP Award. The award will honor a staff member from a nonprofit organization in the Pacific Northwest who goes above and beyond their daily work. The MVP is invited to attend a Seahawks’ practice for a special experience at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC).
This Week’s MVP: David Downing, Youth Eastside Services
David Downing is Youth Eastside Services’ Chief Operating Officer. In this role, David oversees Education & Prevention, Substance Abuse Services, Youth and Family Counseling Services, as well as client-related support services. A master’s level licensed clinician himself, David provides the operational and clinical management which enables YES to meet its mission of providing “a lifeline for kids and families coping with challenges such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence. Through intervention, outreach and prevention, YES builds confidence and personal responsibility, strengthens family relationships, and advocates for a safer community that cares for its youth.”
In addition to his direct role at YES, David consistently goes beyond the call of duty. He is well known for leading or participating in partnerships with local school districts and other service agencies to promote progress towards shared goals. One current example of this is David’s formation and leadership of a team working to implement behavioral health screening at the middle school level. His colleagues know they can always count on David to put the needs of kids and families in our community first. This is the core of what YES does and it is because of David’s hard work and dedication that thousands of young people are emotionally healthier and have better chances of moving in a positive direction at home, school, and in their futures.