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, CA 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!
Abby Abe, Americorps Program Liaison
Abby spent the majority of her life in the Pacific Northwest. As a first generation college graduate, she knows first hand some of the pressures students face on the path to getting an education. Her goal is to work with students and mentors to help relieve some of those pressures. She has been working in healthcare as well as the social services field with adults and youth but finds that she enjoys working with young people. In her free time, Abby loves catching a movie with friends, curling up with a good book and eating yummy spicy food. She is also an artist who enjoys working with acrylic paints and creating different forms of art; her goal is to hopefully be able to exhibit some of her original pieces!
Tally Teodosio, Americorps Program Liaison
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!
Corinna Quesada, MSW Practicum Student
I grew up in the Yakima Valley. I am currently an MSW graduate student at the the University of Washington. I have had mentorship experience being part of mentorship programs as a high school student, as an undergrad student at the UW, and as a Migrant Student and Family Advocate for a couple of years post undergrad. Therefore, I am passionate about and believe the powerful impact that youth development programs have and I am happy and excited to be working at CfY. During my free time, I enjoy being active and I am a HUGE dog lover!
Jarra Touray, MSW Practicum Student
Jarra Touray received her undergrad in 2019 at the University of Washington in Social Work and is now completing her Master of Social Work doing her advanced practicum with Community for Youth. Jarra was born and raised in The Gambia until the age of 7 when she migrated to the United States and settled in Seattle with her parents and five other siblings. Jarra has an extensive history of working with adults with mental disabilities, refugee families, mentoring youths experiencing poverty, and interning at the Department of Children youth and Families. She believes that there is no power equal to a community discovering what it cares about and is excited to join the CFY team in hopes of building meaningful relationships with ourselves and one another.
Justine Yahnke, MSW Practicum Student
Justine is a Pacific Northwest native who has landed in Seattle to complete her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Washington. Justine has spent the last five years working with teens and young adults transitioning into independence. She believes that a great mentor can have lifelong positive impacts, and is looking forward to being a part of CfY as it continues its mission supporting young folks here in Seattle. Outside of work, Justine spends time trying out new recipes, searching out Seattle’s great flea markets, and is always on the hunt for a good spicy chai.