SUN & SHINE Community Schools
SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods)
SHINE (Schools Helping Involve Neighborhoods in Education)
Because most low-income parents must work full-time jobs to support their family, the children are often left unsupervised after school—leaving them more vulnerable to bullying and to risky behaviors like substance use and gang activity. Many of these children leave class hungry, with no guarantee of food until the next school day.
Impact NW supports low-income students through our Community Schools programs by offering extended-day activities that engage students, parents, and community members, transforming high-poverty public schools into vibrant community centers.
Our Community Schools program improves the lives of more than 20,000 children and their families each year.
The overwhelming majority of Community Schools’ students qualify for free or reduced lunch and have been identified as being at-risk of academic failure; many speak English as a learned language. Community Schools’ activities promote student achievement, enrich day-school curriculum, and increase school attendance. All participants also have access to an after-school meal and homework support. Recent examples of extended-day activities include ESL (English as a second language) classes for students and their families, dance and movement classes, college and financial aid informational sessions, sports, art, science, and cultural celebrations for Black History Month & Cinco de Mayo.
Our SHINE Schools offer reading and math interventions for students who may be struggling academically in these subjects.