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.
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!
Could you be CfY’s next Program Manager?
We are seeking a dynamic and creative individual to join our team as our Program Manager. The Program Manager will lead all aspects of CfY’s unique one-on-one mentoring and community building program. To learn more about this role, please visit the following link: Employment Opportunities
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!