Stephen Song, Executive Director
Stephen 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 staff member. Stephen firmly believes in the power of mentorships to be a conduit for both mentor and mentee to learn, to grow, and to heal. And that this healing and relationship on the individual level ultimately impacts the health of our community.
Kaylene Chung, Program Manager
Kaylene grew up around the Seattle area and has spent the past couple of years developing and growing her career in youth development. She has been working in and out of residential settings with youth and young adults. Kaylene’s passion for working with youth has come from her own experience and the impact of having representation as well as a support system that believed in her and helped empower her voice. She is excited to extend that similar experience to those she works with. In her free time she loves listening and seeing live music, playing with her fur-niece Lola, travelling and trying new things!
Matthew Spahn, Development & Communications Manager
Matthew grew up in San Diego before moving to the Northwest in his early 20’s. Over the last several years as a Washingtonian, he has spent time in fundraising and community engagement for various organizations. Matthew has a passion for people and is excited about the work Community for Youth is doing to ensure young people have all the tools to build their futures. Taking a non-traditional course through his own journey, Matthew is excited to see young people paired with mentors who can help them navigate through many alternative paths to success!
Outside of work you’ll likely find Matt talking about his newest food-venture or hanging out with his pug, Louis!
Tally Teodosio, Program Coordinator
Tally Teodosio spent the last several years studying Society, Ethics, & Human Behavior at the University of Washington and is ready to apply what she’s learned to her role at Community for Youth. Tally is excited about the potential that youth have for our future and knows personally that a reliable support system can transform a person’s self-confidence and motivation to grow. Outside of work, Tally enjoys baking, creative expression like journaling and art, meditation and all things mindful!
Elizabeth Tuck, MSW Practicum Student
Elizabeth was born and raised in the rural southern U.S. She started her career teaching second-grade in Nashville, TN and made the cross-country move to Washington in 2018, where she became a mentor with City Year in South Seattle. Her experiences sparked a passion for decolonizing public school systems and inspired her to pursue a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Centered Integrative Practice at the University of Washington. When she graduates, she hopes to work with students to build public school systems that center BIPOC youth voices. Outside of work, she finds joy in spending time with her dog Marley outdoors and listening to music. She is so excited to learn from the mentors and mentees, and families at Community for Youth this year!
Kaity Scott, MSW Practicum Student
Kaity is a graduate student at the University of Washington pursuing her degree in Social Work. She is from Glendale, Arizona, and lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for the past five years. Kaity has several years of experience working in youth mentoring organizations. She is passionate about working with youth and families, and she recognizes how critical it to connect people with strong social support systems. In her free time, Kaity loves to hike, explore new areas, go to the beach, and hang out with her pets.
Sam Foote, MSW Practicum Student
Sam grew up on the East Coast but has spent the last four years finding a home both in Washington and in working alongside youth and communities to develop sustainable, safe, and flourishing relationships. Sam has learned a lot from the youth she has worked with in both residential and school settings including that every conversation is better over snacks. More importantly young people have taught her that we all deserve relationships that help us grow, encourage our passions, and make us feel safe in who we are. Sam is excited to continue to learn and work with young people to find these relationships within their communities! In her free time Sam loves hanging with her cat, dancing to music through her apartment, and enjoying a good meal while watching cartoons or indie movies.