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

Does your child need support staying engaged and motivated throughout their educational journey?

The SUN Youth Advocacy program  will work with you and your child to support their social, emotional, professional, and academic success by providing a variety of year-round, school-linked, age-appropriate supports to youth who are in need of academic and social supports. SYA program supports are  focused on middle and high school-aged youth with primary service populations , including African American, African Immigrant, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and Slavic youth and their families

Key services include:

  • Assertive Engagement advocacy and support activities, like one-on-one academic supports, advocating for youth in school settings, working with youth to create an individualized success plan, and referring youth to other services as needed
  • Out-of-school time supports including homework help, tutoring, summer programs, and after school groups
  • Help identifying other support services and resources to meet unique  family’s needs​
  • Whole family support and family engagement, like, support  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, MSW,