SUN Youth Advocacy Services


Latino Network is committed to increasing Oregon’s on-time graduation rates among Latino youth. With only 67 percent of Oregon Hispanic youth graduating on time and area schools reporting some of the highest chronic absentee rates, we know our work is far from over. Latino Network’s Youth Advocacy Services aim to increase high school graduation rates by ensuring students remain in or return to school.

In partnership with Multnomah County Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) and Hacienda CDC, Latino Network provides year-round, culturally-specific Youth Advocacy Services to youth and their families to assist them in achieving success in school and life. Services include:

  • Case management with a focus on academic and life goals;

  • Advocacy in disciplinary and educational meetings;

  • Skill-building groups;

  • Academic support activities such as tutoring, mentoring, and group classes; and

  • Parent outreach and engagement.

Students connected to SUN Youth Advocacy Services consistently show improvements in school attendance and are more likely to be on track to graduate.

Program Details

Trained bilingual/bicultural youth advocates engage youth in a variety of school and community activities, support and mentor youth, and help youth to build personal assets. Youth Advocacy case management provides youth and caregivers with resources to meet basic needs so families are stable and youth are able to focus on school. The SUN Youth Advocacy Services are connected to Conexiones and Escalera and operate at program school sites.

Contact Maria Velez at 503-954-9236 to learn more and enroll your student.