Successful Youth and Families

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.


a graphic that describes the pathways from pre-kindergarten to college and career


Successful Youth and Family Impact

Square Blocks of Reach
Neighborhood Youth

The Impact of SUYI

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 SUYI pathway of support is:

  • Offering high quality early learning opportunities to dozens of neighborhood children
  • Extending the Bailey Gatzert school day by two hours for 120 youth annually.
  • Providing family engagement and parent leadership programming to several hundred families.
  • Offering an academic mentoring program for 130 youth at Washington Middle School.
  • Coordinating and supporting summer enrichment programs for over 300 neighborhood youth.
  • Providing significant Seattle University scholarships to 10 neighborhood youth.
  • Contributing to significant progress on academic indicators (SBAC tests, attendance, preparation for kindergarten, family connection to school, school climate)


SUYI Programs