Mari Offenbecher has spent her professional career as a non-profit leader including nearly three decades as the CEO of School’s Out Washington (SOWA). Mari served as the leader for SOWA, advancing quality, equity and innovation in building the field of afterschool and youth development across Washington State. Mari has spent her career dedicated to bringing quality educational opportunities and supports to children and youth.
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 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.
Amanda Alvarado is a Cleveland High School alumnus who was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She considers herself to be a youth advocate and is passionate about giving back to young people. As a CFY alumni Amanda knows the importance of establishing positive relationships between adults and youth. The feeling of being supported and valued as a young person by a community was one of the most powerful experiences Amanda had in the program. In Amanda’s spare time her interests include, aerial arts, fitness & wellness, spending time with her dogs and being with family.
Dwight was born and raised in South Seattle and was able to experience the power of CFY first-hand as a student. Knowing the powerful impact that mentorship can have on students he is excited to be a part of what once helped him. He would come back from time to time to volunteer at events for CFY. He is a very much a social person and looks forward to interacting with people. Some of his interests include rugby, football, reading, and going to social events. He has a drive of wanting to help communities and help bring up people in the same way that CFY helped bring him up.