Youth & Family Services Program

Child You Can Do It…
School can be challenging for lots of reasons. Some students have no one at home who can help with homework. Others struggle with language and cultural barriers. Many deal with personal and family issues that make it difficult to focus on their studies. Often disadvantaged students don’t believe they can be successful.

Neighborhood House Youth & Family Services is a leading area provider of educational support and afterschool programming, serving students at schools in Southwest and North Portland. Working with youth (ages 6-18), their families, local schools and community groups, we deliver innovative and effective services that help struggling students succeed in school and life.

Youth & Family services include:

SUN Community School Programs offer a wide array of educational, enrichment and social services. SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Programs create full-service community centers that strengthen youth and families and increase their connection to school. SUN Community School extended day activities include:

  • Homework help, tutoring, academic classes
  • Art, sports and other enrichment
  • Safe, supportive places before and after school
  • Classes for adults (parent education)
  • Cultural and community events
  • Access to social services/basic needs such as food boxes, energy assistance, and counseling
  • Summer academic and enrichment programs

Neighborhood House operates SUN Community School Programs at the following schools:

  • James John Elementary
  • Peninsula Elementary

Additional Youth & Family programs are:

  • Grauer Back-to-School Project 
  • Hayhurst Connect
  • Stephens Creek Crossing Youth Outreach 
  • Sabin Elementary
  • Boise Elliot/ Humboldt Elementary
  • King Elementary School
  • Case management support for at-risk teens

Volunteer with YFS!

There are many opportunities to volunteer with our Youth & Family Services Program. You can volunteer to teach an afterschool class, be a mentor or help out in homework club.

Meet a Neighbor
Andre was a senior at Roosevelt High School who was struggling in most classes until he asked our SUN Community School program 3 years ago to offer music studio time after school. Andre's involvement in the SUN music program helped him stay interested in school and pass his classes. He mentored other students in the studio and participated in SUN Tutoring on a regular basis. Andre worked with a consistent tutor for a couple of years, improved his grades and recovered course credit in after school and SUN summer programs. With tremendous support from Neighborhood House’s Roosevelt SUN Community School, Andre graduated this spring and has begun to attend St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY to further his education and his interest in a career in music. Jennifer and Emma