The Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) is predicated on the belief that happy, healthy, successful youth require both strong school environments and nurturing homes in thriving communities. Through dozens of campus and community partnerships, the Youth Initiative provides youth with a pathway of programming and partnerships that encourage critical thinking and support the pursuit of college and career paths. The Initiative offers opportunities to participate in the economy as a maker and doer, as well as presenting the power of having choices.
Since the inception of the Youth Initiative, Seattle University has pursued a collective impact strategy with dozens of community partners that is leading to positive results:
The Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) Early Learning Programs partners with families, teachers, administrators, care providers, and the community to collectively ensure children are ready to flourish in kindergarten and thrive in life.
Seattle University partners with teachers, school administrators, and staff from local organizations to provide Gatzert students and families with academic support and enrichment activities.
Seattle University students and staff support middle school students through the Redhawk Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP), an after-school enrichment program and Change Makers, a cohort-based program that prepares transitioning 8th graders to be active leaders for their future.
Seattle University student mentors and volunteers support Garfield students through after-school tutoring and the Change Makers Cohort.
The Learning for Equity Network (LEN) is a new initiative that brings BIPOC families, teachers, and school leaders together to build equitable learning environments for students in local elementary schools.