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New and Returning Volunteers

Become a Seattle University Youth Initiative K-12 volunteer! Even if you have volunteered with the Youth Initiative before, please follow these steps to register for an orientation at one of our school sites to complete the application and get started! You will determine your schedule with site staff at the orientation. 

Questions? Ask our SUYI K12 team!

Bailey Gatzert Elementary School: Jaycee at 

Washington Middle School: LaKesha at

Garfield High School: Colina at

Portal Information


The Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) strives to strengthen education and support systems for neighborhood youth and their families while enhancing the University through community engagement opportunities. In partnership with families, schools and community organizations, the goal of the Seattle University Youth Initiative is to ensure that youth graduate from high school and are prepared to succeed in college and in life.

Preschool through College and Career
The Seattle University Youth Initiative connects resources to our partner schools to form a pipeline of academic support for youth attending preschool programs, Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Middle School, and Garfield High School. Academic assistance is our primary focus, however we also support the social-emotional growth and development of youth through mentoring and enrichment activities.


CCE Program

Contact Name

Colina Bruce

Position title

Director of Education Partnerships

Email Address
Phone Number


Organization Mission Statement

The Center for Community Engagement connects campus and community to pursue a more just and humane world.