Meet the Team: Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson, Data and Communication Administrator Elizabeth Thompson is a down-to-earth Midwesterner, originally from Flint, MI. Before moving to the beautiful city of Seattle, Elizabeth earned her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and started a position in the Education Department at Seattle Opera shortly after graduation. After that position, Elizabeth moved on to become the […]

Meet the Team: Stephen Song

Stephen Song, Director of Programs Stephen Song has a deep personal and professional passion for social justice-centered youth development and college-access work. Stephen’s background in this field came first as an “at-risk” young person himself, then as a volunteer tutor and mentor, a researcher, and now is thrilled to continue this path as a CfY […]

Meet the Team: David Quigley

David Quigley, MSW Foundation Practicum Student David was born and raised in New York City but has spent the past three years living in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Seattle in the fall. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Social Work from the University of Washington, and is excited to keep exploring the beautiful […]

Meet the Team: Hayley Nolan

Hayley Nolan, Outreach and Partnership Coordinator Hayley Nolan, CfY’s Outreach and Partnership Coordinator, started her journey with Community for Youth in September 2016 as an AmeriCorps Program Liaison. Originally from the Chicago area, Hayley was in Missoula, MT for several years before relocating to Seattle to work at Community for Youth. After seeing and feeling […]

Meet the Team: Erica Merritt

Erica Merritt, Facilitator Erica Merritt is a Seattle native and has been in the field of Youth Development for over 20 years. Her passion and devotion to empowering youth is unwavering. Erica combines her love for youth and commitment to social equality to promote self efficacy, self love and self worth. Erica’s mantra is “Keep […]

Meet the Team: Justin Burgess

Justin Burgess, Program Liaison Americorps Meet Justin Burgess, our new Program Liaison Americorps. Before moving here from Wyoming for this position, Justin worked as a clinical social worker and part-time manager of a local pizzeria & pub. With mentors having played a big part in his own development, he felt that “the chance to encourage […]

Meet the Team: Janice Deguchi

Janice Deguchi, Executive Director Janice is a not so recent graduate of Rainier Beach High School one of CfY’s partner schools. A lifelong south Seattle resident, she brings her passion for her community to Community for Youth. Janice has served in numerous leadership roles including as Executive Director of Denise Louie Education Center, a birth-five […]

Alumni Spotlight: Ruby Tsoi

Ruby Tsoi, CfY Alumni Ruby was involved with CfY for three years and recently graduated from Cleveland High School earlier this year. We caught up with Ruby to see how her experiences with CfY are still impacting her after graduation: “When I was involved with CfY, I was able to befriend people of various ages […]