SUN Youth Advocacy Program

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

Social support has been identified as an important characteristic of resiliency in youth and is likely to promote academic achievement and positive educational outcomes for students who are at risk of dropping out, attending alternative schools, or those who have low rates of school attendance.

Impact NW’s SUN Youth Advocacy Program (formerly known as Social Support Services for Educational Success, or SSSES) 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.

SUN Youth Advocacy staff primarily work one-on-one with youth aged 12 to 17 during and after school to create a collaborative, person-centered relationship that allows youth to develop the motivation to change.

Can we help you?

If you or someone you know is interested in Impact NW’s Independent Living Program, call Dana Spears-Talbert, SUN Youth Advocacy Program Manager, at (503) 867-2188. 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.

Learn more about our program 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.