Presidential Approval

SU honored for community service efforts

Written by Stacy Howard
Photography by Chris Joseph Taylor
March 12, 2012
Seattle University has received the 2012 Presidential Award for community service. Announced at an awards ceremony March 12 in Los Angeles, the honor is the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism.

SU was selected from 800 colleges and universities under consideration for the award. The university is the only winner chosen as the top institution in the Promise Neighborhoods category, in recognition of the work being accomplished with neighbors and community partners through the Seattle University Youth Initiative.

The Seattle University Youth Initiative, which formally launched last year, is a longterm campus-wide commitment by faculty, staff and students to join parents, the Seattle Public School District, the City of Seattle, faith communities and more than 30 community organizations to help children in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood thrive in school, attend college and succeed in life. SU and its partners are making progress throughout the community through educational programming, citizenship classes, tax assistance, computer literacy, health education and more.

“Our partnership with families and others in the community has just begun, but great momentum is already gathering behind the initiative,” says SU President Stephen Sundborg. “We are in this effort for the long haul and we won’t be satisfied until every child in our neighborhood graduates from high school and has an opportunity to go to college.”

Read the Seattle Times story on the award and learn more about the Presidential Award.
Seattle University and its community partners are striving to make a difference in the lives of young people in our community through service efforts.