High school students living in poverty face many obstacles to academic success

Impact NWs Social and Support Services for Educational Success (SSSES) program supports struggling adolescents ages 12 to 17 — particularly those who are at risk of dropping out, attending alternative schools, and those who have low rates of school attendance — to help these youth remain in and/or go back to school.


SSSES - PSU SignSocial support has been identified as an important characteristic of resiliency in youth and is likely to promote academic achievement and positive educational outcomes for at-risk students. Impact NW’s Social Support Services for Educational Success program helps troubled teens improve their self control, develop better conflict resolution skills, and communicate more effectively with adults and peers. Through counseling and group activities we help them feel more empowered to become involved in their community, encourage academic excellence, teach them to say “no” to negative peer pressures, and strengthen their sense of self-confidence.

Learn more about SSSES by reading Julia & Anna’s story, twin sisters who are now reading, writing, and performing math at their grade level after struggling to keep up with their kindergarten classmates in reading and counting skills.

Can We Help You?

If you or someone you know is interested in Impact NW’s Social & Support Services for Educational Success program, call us at (503) 721-6775. Your conversation will be completely confidential, and if Impact NW isn’t the best fit for you, we’ll help connect you to the services you need.