Center for Service and Community Engagement
Children and Youth

Youth Initiative K-12 Programs

  • Building upon the legacy of Seattle University's Children's Literacy Project, the Seattle University Youth Initiative K-12 Program connects volunteers and service learners to local schools. Our goal is to help neighborhood youth be successful in school and prepared for college.  Academic assistance is our primary focus, however we also support the social emotional growth and development of youth through mentoring and enrichment activities.  

    Each quarter we place over 150 Seattle U students in our K-12 Partner Schools: Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Middle, and Garfield High School. Learn about our school partners, programs and volunteer needs. Once you find the right fit for your interest and your schedule, complete our online service application and register for an orientation.

    All  new  volunteers and service learners are required to attend an orientation and to complete the  K-12 Service Application  prior to serving in a SUYI K-12 Partner School.

    Returning  volunteers let us know your current schedule and program preference by completing the    K-12 Service Application for Returners .  

    Orientation sessions for NEW volunteers will be held at the following times and locations*. Please register for an orientation through the new volunteer form:

    • Wednesday, Oct 1, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Admissions and Alumni Community Room
    • Thursday, Oct 2, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Student Center 210 
    • Monday, Oct 6, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Student Center 210
    • Tuesday, Oct 7, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Student Center 210
    • Wednesday, Oct 8, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Student Center 130

    *For an alternate morning orientation on October 9th at 8:30am, please email Contina Kemp.