SUN Youth AdvocacySUN Youth Advocacy Program promotes youth development and academic achievement.

Are you concerned about your child dropping out or having poor grades?

We will work with you and your child to support their success. SYA is focused on middle and high school-aged youth and serves everyone, including specific communities of youth and their families: African American, African Immigrant, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and Slavic.

Key services include:

  • Assertive Engagement advocacy and support activities, like one-on-one academic supports, advocating for youth in school, working with youth to create an individualized success plan, referring youth to other services as needed
  • Out-of-school time supports, like homework help, tutoring, summer programs, and after school groups
  • Help finding other services to meet your family’s needs​
  • Whole family support and family engagement, like home visits, help with school meetings, and community celebrations

How to access services

Ask about the SUN Youth Advocacy program at your local SUN School (middle and high schools).​ To participate call the numbers below based on where your student attends school:

West: Impact NW - 503-867-2188
North/Northeast: SEI - 503-249-1721
Mid-county: NAYA - 503-288-8177, x256
Outer East/Reynolds: Metropolitan Family Service - 503-232-0007 x333
Gresham: Metropolitan Family Service - 503-232-0007, x333

To participate in culturally specific SUN Youth Advocacy for middle or high school-aged students call the numbers below:

African American: SEI - 503-249-1721
Latino: Latino Network - 503-283-6881 x130
Native American: NAYA - 503-288-8177, x256
African Immigrant: IRCO - 971-386-3316
Slavic: IRCO - 971-386-3990
Asian Pacific Islander: IRCO - 503-235-9396

For further program information, please contact:

Kia Hernandez-Richards,