Before entering college, Seattle native Naod Sebhat, ’19, knew quite a bit about the Seattle University Youth Initiative. SUYI is a campus and community partnership in which faculty and students help to improve academic achievement for youth in the neighborhood bordering the university.
While still in high school, Sebhat participated in a project through Seattle U’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) where local high school students documented the history and redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace housing project in Seattle’s Central District through photography and video.
Now an environmental science major, Sebhat continues his community service as a SUYI volunteer at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. He is one of more than 1,500 SU students who participate annually in the effort that targets a diverse community where more than 30 languages are spoken. Through SUYI, students like Sebhat gain perspectives, skills and experiences that shape their futures as change makers.
“It has a huge impact on you,” Sebhat says.