Center for Service and Community Engagement
Children and Youth


  • ROLE (Read out Loud Early) is a supplemental pre-school program that provides extra support outside of the classroom to pre-school age children and their families living at Monica’s Village Place I.
    This program aims to provide evidence-based early literacy support to children, families and childcare providers. The ROLE program trains a group of Seattle University students, called “ROLE Models,” in early learning practices in order to run pre-school sessions that create a safe and engaging learning environment.

    Through pre-school sessions, Seattle University students implement a 20-week Peace Curriculum that facilitates children’s educational, social, and emotional learning. This curriculum focuses on services to ensure that children receive an effective education, emphasizing language and literacy acquisition. In addition, professional development and adult education is provided to parents and childcare providers to increase quality of instruction for children while outside of ROLE preschool programming. ROLE provides small-group and individualized support for children, strengthens adult-child relationships, and cultivates life skills in a structured environment. 

    Applications for work study positions serving as a ROLE Model are accepted through Fall 2014. Download the application.

    Volunteers are always needed and appreciated!

    Contact: Matt Lyons, ROLE Program Coordinator,, 206-220-8570