Sun-youth advocacy (sya)

Hacienda CDC, Multnomah County, and local Portland schools partner together to provide case managers to 150 at-risk Latino students in middle school and high school. Bilingual and bicultural case managers advocate for students by providing academic support, mentorship, and access to after-school enrichment activities that promote a healthy self-image, cultural pride, academic excellence and community involvement.

Goals of the program include:

  • Ensuring Latino middle school students improve academic success and receive support for themselves and their families;
  • Increasing knowledge and use of local resources among students and families;
  • Supporting parent engagement at local middle schools through meetings and activities promoting participation in their children’s education at home; and
  • Providing activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program, such as cooking, art and youth employment opportunities.

SYA is currently working with youth and their families at the following schools:

  • Harvey Scott (K-8)
  • Beaumont Middle School (6-8)
  • Cesar Chavez (K-8)
  • George Middle School (6-8)
  • Roosevelt High School (9-12)

For more information, or to refer a student to SYA, please contact our Academic Support Coordinators: