Center for Community Engagement
Connecting Campus and Community

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) connects classroom, campus and community to promote a more just and humane world. The CCE is the hub for the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Launched in 2011, this signature initiative unites campus and nearby neighborhoods to support youth and families. Our "cradle-to-career" network prepares local youth for success. Understanding that academic achievement is just part of the equation, Seattle University partners with over 100 community organizations to connect families to resources for stable housing, access to healthcare, safe neighborhoods and living-wage jobs.


  • Annually, more than 1,000 Seattle U students participate in this effort.
  • Seattle U Jumpstart Corps members work with 131+ local preschoolers in eight classrooms.
  • Seattle U students serve as volunteers and student staff at our network of partner Seattle Public Schools: Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Middle and Garfield High School both during the school year and at summer programming.
Your Gift In Action:
$10 purchases a home language dictionary for families to support their children's academic success
$30 supports a two-hour 1:1 youth mentoring session facilitated by a Seattle U student
$50 creates a customized literacy kit for a local preschooler, kindergartner or first grader
$100 provides interpretive services at a family event
$500 supports a Community Engaged Faculty Fellowship to promote better connection between classroom and community
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