SUN Community Schools

SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods)

SUN Youth Advocacy Program participants creating artwork at our Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.

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. Family Resource Navigators are available at Community Schools to work alongside families to help reduce barriers and stressors in the home, and promote self-sufficiency, so that students can learn and families can thrive.

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.

Impact NW offers Community School programming at the following local area schools:

  • Buckman Elementary
  • Creston School
  • Jackson Middle School
  • Franklin High School
  • Markham Elementary
  • Marysville Elementary
  • Robert Gray Middle School
  • Whitman Elementary
  • Woodmere Elementary

If you are interested in volunteering at any of the SUN schools, head over to our volunteer page and contact the SUN Site managers expressing your interest. They will get back to you if there is a current need for volunteers in their respective schools.

Volunteer Page

Can we help you?

For more information about Impact NW’s SUN Community Schools program, contact Gina Kim-Folston, SUN Community Schools Program Manager, at (503) 721-6778 or email