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SUN Program

Schools Uniting Neighborhoods
Community Schools

SUN Community Schools in Multnomah County are full-service neighborhood hubs where the school and partners from the community come together to make sure kids and families have what they need to be successful in school and in life. SUN Community Schools mobilize and strategically organize community resources to provide:

  • Education support and skill development for youth and adults

  • Enrichment and recreation activities

  • Family involvement and support

  • Social, mental and health benefits

  • Family and community events

Contact information at EPHC SUN schools:

Betty AlarconSun Community Schools Regional Manager,

Alejandra Avalos, East Gresham Elementary School

Stefany Avila, Hall Elementary School

Yessica Cardona RamirezWilkes Elementary School

Anthony ZafraRon Russell Middle School,

Reyna TapiaFloyd Light Middle School,

Jennifer CervantesHighland Elementary School,

Susy JimenezClear Creek Middle


Our mentoring programs aims to promote discussions based on culture, identity, social structures, and students' roles in society; we encourage participants to explore and embrace their cultural heritage and engage in their communities.


Throughout the school year, we offer afterschool groups to support students; our mentors help them build core skills and master academic concepts, and the students who struggle with lessons taught in the classroom revisit those same skills, concepts, and strategies in the language they are most comfortable with. Our program incorporates social and cultural activities that are designed to bring students together with their peers and foster a sense of cultural pride within the school environment. Our mentors work with students to create positive relationships with school staff and peers. Besides after school groups, our program advocates for student and their families so their voices are heard, and we actively promote family participation in the school system. College visits and career exploration are another part of our mentoring program,

During summer, in collaboration with school Districts in East Multnomah County and All Hand Raised we provide a four weeks program (Puentes) to incoming freshmen. Students receive academic and enrichment classes that mimic the high school schedule. Once completed they are eligible for half of the elective High school credit.


Contact Information

Sarai Rodriguez,

(503) 489-6813 


Our adult education programs focus on helping young adults 16-24, plus those 18 and older re-engage in their education. We offer GED prep classes and ESL classes to help you prepare for GED testing, career placement or advancing your education. 

Email Leah Norquist at for more information.

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