Meet the Team

Stephen Song, Executive Director

Stephen has a deep personal and professional passion for social justice-centered youth development and college-access work. 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. He loves his family, being a dad, and Mt. Rainier!

Yleana Benitez, Program Manager

Yleana (ee-le-ana) is first-generation Salvadoran- American and was born and raised in South Los Angeles. Given her experience in her neighborhood, she knows how accessibility to education and community resources can make a vital difference in a youth’s trajectory. Her passion is to serve communities that face the same inequalities. For the past 6 years, Yleana has worked with an LA mentoring organization and is eager to get to know all CfY mentoring matches! She is new to Seattle and welcomes any recommendations to get to know the city! 

Development & Communications Manager

Ellen is a former AmeriCorps member from Dallas, TX. She is passionate about connecting with community members through inspiring and impactful storytelling, and is so excited to join CfY as the Development and Communications Manager! In her free time, she loves to cook, read, and hike trails with her partner and dog.

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.

Desteni Amezcua, MSW Practicum Student

Originally from Stockton, California, I made my way to the Pacific NorthWest to work for City Year Seattle. I’ve always been passionate about being a source of support for others. I believe every encounter with an individual is an opportunity to learn from and with that being said, I’m super excited to work along with Community for Youth! During my free time, you can catch me exploring new hiking spots or recreating a new vegetarian dish. 

Sandy Vo, MSW Practicum Student

Sandy has spent the past few years working alongside youth and communities of color within a social-justice-oriented framework, and is excited to take this next professional step with CfY! Drawing from her own personal experiences, Sandy is passionate about ensuring that youth have their own voice as well as strong support systems. In her free time, Sandy can be seen exploring new places, around concert venues, or at the library!