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
Originally from San Diego, Matthew has spent the last several years as a Washingtonian working in community engagement and fundraising. Matthew has a passion for people and is excited about the work CfY 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 envision themselves at the end of many different paths! Outside of work you’ll likely find him talking about his newest food-venture or hanging out with his pug, Louis!
Tally Teodosio, Program Coordinator
After serving as an AmeriCorps member for Community for Youth, Tally is excited to step into her new role as Program Coordinator! Tally’s favorite part about working with youth is their honesty, authentic personalities, and eagerness to reach their goals. Outside of work, you can find Tally trying out new plant-based recipes, binge-watching Love Island, or exploring different mindfulness practices.
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.