With 40% of African American, Native, Latino, and Pacific Islander youth failing to graduate, students in the Rainier Valley and the Puget Sound turn to Seattle Urban Academy (SUA) as their opportunity for hope.

SUA is a community that stands with our youth and helps each one cross the graduation stage, celebrating their courage and God-given strengths.

a smiling student standing in front of Seattle Urban Academy

Students like Essance, now a senior at Whitworth University, credit a large part of their academic success to SUA.

“One of the best things about SUA was the help I got in choosing a career path. The support from staff is huge. It’s been really amazing when I compare my experience to my peers. They were confused or dealing with things that I immediately knew how to handle.”

Thanks to SUA, graduating high school became a reality for Essance.

The support from teachers, mentors, and others in the SUA family helped Essance not only transition to higher education, but also receive numerous scholarships, including ActSix and the Emerald City Rotary Henry Nielsen Award.

Learn more about applying to SUA or find out how you can share your time and skills with SUA students.