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Aaron Norikane, CPDT


Aaron has been working to support and develop quality youth programs in the Seattle area for over 25 years. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for creating strong connections and supportive systems for children from all backgrounds. While working at the YMCA, one of his colleagues recommended a Sound Discipline workshop and he never looked back.

Aaron joined the Sound Discipline team as a facilitator in 2016 and helps educators gain tools to empower 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 align with his values and how he wants to live his life. As a Facilitator for Sound Discipline, Aaron believes the work we do provides an amazing opportunity to empower, build capacity, shift perspectives and change the world for the better.

As a young person, Aaron always thought he would be an architect or airline pilot or ideally an NBA player. Never once did he think he would get over his intense fear of public speaking to take on a job where he delivers powerful content to audiences as big as 300 people. Aaron was born and raised in Seattle and finds his greatest source of joy in watching his two children learn, grow and giggle. His colleagues describe him as passionate, caring, and constantly pushing to make our systems better. By the end of his career, Aaron hopes that he will have helped shift the trajectory of this community towards a mutually respectful place where everyone belongs and matters.