Who We Are

21 Progress seeks to unite, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders ready to create communities where all people have the opportunity to discover their full potential, grow, and thrive. We believe that we need more leaders who are willing to stand up and advocate for the rights, safety, and protection of communities most impacted.

Our programs support youth and young adults – including immigrants, refugees, and communities of color – by investing in community-engaged reflection, grassroots leadership, and active civic participation in efforts to create long-term social change.

Our Vision  


We envision a world where there is representation in every sector of leaders who explicitly seek to end inequality and take action to advance a future where communities not only have the resources to survive, but also the opportunity to grow and thrive with full participation in deciding the future.

Our Mission

21 Progress is building a network of diverse leaders to advance social and economic justice through education, training, community advocacy, and leadership development.

Our History

In the late 1970’s Retail Clerks Local 1001, now a part of UFCW 21, launched a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, Retail Clerks Local 1001 Housing Development Association, and constructed an 82 unit apartment building, named Sunset House, for their union retirees and other seniors. By 2008 downtown Seattle was no longer a base for its membership. UFCW 21 sold Sunset House to Housing Resources Group to continue the legacy of providing housing for Seattle’s most vulnerable citizens.

Just as the vision for Sunset House served the union and the community well for over thirty years, proceeds from the building sale allowed for a dynamic new vision to develop. In 2011 we changed our name to 21 Progress. In mid-2012, we began to create our programs.