Aaron Norikane (he/him) has been working to support quality youth programs in the Seattle area for over 30 years. He has been a tireless advocate for creating strong connections and supportive systems for all young people. Working as an after school provider, program director, substitute teacher, and various other roles with youth or youth professionals has given him the utmost respect for the power of strong buffering adults in young people’s lives.
Aaron joined the Sound Discipline team in 2016. As a Facilitator, he helps educators gain tools to support and give agency to young people. He feels extremely fortunate working to stretch the perceptions of how young people are seen, and grateful to be in a profession that aligns with his values.
Aaron always thought he would be an architect or airline pilot or ideally an NBA player as a young person. Never once did he think he would get over his intense fear of public speaking to take on a job where he facilitates workshops to audiences as big as 300 people. A lifelong Seattleite, Aaron finds his greatest source of joy in watching his two children learn, grow and giggle. His colleagues describe him as passionate, caring, and continually pushing to make our systems better. By the end of his career, Aaron hopes that he will have helped shift this community’s trajectory towards a mutually respectful place where everyone belongs and matters.
What is one of your proudest moments?
Every. Single. Day. Raising two amazing, independent, and very strong-willed children!
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
I’m a total board game geek!
Why are you passionate about working at Sound Discipline?
I’ve seen and experienced firsthand the US educational system’s undermining of our young people’s confidence and individual value, especially for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Conversely, I’ve also witnessed the power of strong educators connecting with and empowering students in combatting those inequities. I believe in working in youth development because our future relies on the next generation having the confidence and tools to tear down the systems of oppression. Sound Discipline has the opportunity to change the way educators and school communities interact with our most valuable asset…our youth.