Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of George Floyd and we at Teen Feed ally with our brothers, sisters and non-binary friends in the Black community in profound grief, and in crisis we demonstrate love and solidarity. Teen Feed strongly condemns racism and police brutality. We will uplift the voices of color among the youth we serve; we see and hear you. We will educate ourselves to be brave, engage, and to be uncomfortable in practice as we address systemic change and institutional racism. We embrace the unlimited opportunity to be the change we want to see and ensure that the Black voices and voices of youth of color are amplified, valued, and responded to. #BLACKLIVESMATTER #TEENFEEDTIMES
Teen Feed is feeling the love from you and the fans, Ben. Hugs and THANKS to you and Rachel (hi Megan!) for the continued support of our amazing street kids (and WE loved the rocking’ jammies tonight!) www.teenfeed.org/donate
Check Ben out! https://youtu.be/Ei9xuVkbQuU … and tell your friends! (Ok, maybe just the cool ones…) Yes, OF COURSE Teen Feed is serving meals and touching lives of homeless kids on the front lines during this quarantine. Send us your selfies on instagram in your jammies! (ok, rated PG, please!). #teenfeedtimes or instagram @theteenfeedtimes
All Teen Feed Volunteer Orientations will be rescheduled due to the recent concerns surrounding the Novel Coronavirus/COVID – 19. For the protection of our volunteers and community members we would encourage you to keep watch for the announcement of online training for the fall, with more details are available at www.teenfeed.org/volunteer
If you’re a meal team or current Advocate, it’s business as usual at Teen Feed as we continue to serve our population nightly. We have taken additional precautions to protect our youth, staff and volunteers. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for our recommendations as we foster wellness in our community and continue this important work in our community.
If you’d like to support our increased need for blankets, sanitizer, cup Noodle soup, oatmeal packets and jerky in our backpack items, kindly share at www.teenfeed.org/donate. Our STOP teams are full steam ahead, reaching the most vulnerable of our population at this time with our backpack shifts.
Share a brew with us! EVERY SUNDAY in March AT FLATSTICK PUB SOUTH LAKE UNION JOIN Teen Feed for tap beer, golf and vittles as we build a stronger community. Families are welcome.** Our friends at Flatstick donate a generous $2 for every beer and $2 for every round of mini-golf you purchase. Proceeds go directly to our STOP backpack outreach teams – the first contact, mobile health and relationship-building programs that connect our street kids with vital services. Meet your friends at Flatstick this week. Questions? email@example.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!*
Where: 609 Westlake Ave N | Seattle, WA 98109
Ages 21+ Only After 7PM
When: March 1,8,15,22,29 from noon til 4pm.
More details about mini-golf or other deets: https://flatstickpub.com
Did you know that for the last two years Teen Feed has been independent of city, county, state and federal funding? We depend on you, our community funders and volunteers. Our promise is to be efficient ($$) and nimble, filling the cracks of our broken system, and listen nightly to the unique needs of young people. We navigate deftly on their behalf towards their goals of health and stability makes our work on the streets THE MOST LOW BARRIER CONNECTOR between already-established vital nonprofit, government, faith-based and business services and You travel with us in 2020. DONATE HERE with our secure page from Click and Pledge: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=91946
Our donors know we leverage with donated basic needs and local partnerships to feed, house and employ our kids as they build skills and esteem. We create an overwhelming network of support, because we know relationships are THE WAY that homelessness is trounced. We are boldly getting it right Seattle.
(updated 10/15/19). Are you a young person 18-24 with lived experience looking for an internship with Teen Feed? See Gloria at email@example.com.
The Teen Feed Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) Peer Youth Intern works as an integral part of the Teen Feed street youth community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. The STOP Intern is overseen by the Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) Coordinator. This position is responsible for assisting the charge of direct-service street outreach, youth engagement programming, and collaborating with community partners to best meet the needs of the community. The core of this position focuses on making the first contact with individuals who are typically resistant to social services. This is achieved using non-traditional street outreach conducted in the youth’s environment. The desired candidate will be outgoing, engaging and willing to learn the best practices while working with a vulnerable population. Candidates with strong language skills, non-traditional diversity components and/or membership/contacts within the LGBTQ community and/or Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply. Having lived experience leading to a mature understanding and perspective is encouraged but not required for this position. The outcome of the position for this candidate will be a greater stability and reference network for their self-defined goals.
Youth Engagement and Relationship Building (80%)
- Lead the charge on street outreach 2-4x/week;
- Assist with coordinating intentional and rotating outreach teams
- Work closely with the volunteer coordinator to recruit volunteers for outreach
- Exhibit and role-model ethical behavior and proper boundaries in working with vulnerable youth; serve as a liaison for youth who are interested in accessing case management and other support services Teen Feed and community partners offer
- Work closely with STOP Coordinator to run Teen Feed’s “sweat equity” program, a system designed for Teen Feed youth to build self-esteem and volunteer for supplies in return, i.e.–tents, sleeping bags, gift cards, backpacks, etc.
- Represent Teen Feed and its mission at various outreach events, community meetings, UDSPA partnerships, advocacy opportunities and donor events
- Assist managing a system for supply management for In-Reach, Outreach and the Dinner Program
- Assist in management of inventory external storage facility site to meet the needs of the programs regarding seasonal changes and food supply administrationAdministration Youth Engagement and Relationship Building (20%)
- Direct-service tracking via Outreach metrics and Salesforce
- Assist to maintain administrative responsibility for Salesforce metrics and HMIS data entry, monthly board and end-year reports.
- Assist managing youth mailing system
- On behalf of peers and youth, provide feedback to organizational publications, curriculum, board committees and multiple program reach affecting youth, and represent real-time views to increase the effectiveness of Teen Feed programming
- Attend staff meetings when necessaryDesired Skills & Attributes
- A great communicator. Well-organized. Excellent interpersonal skills, with a commitment to youth empowerment.
- Candidate will represent and organize youth voices in organizational operational and organizational strategic planning issues and is willing to demonstrate initiative to learn and enhance skills that actively promote anti-racism, anti-oppression, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact on the Teen Feed mission.
- A researcher, a problem-solver with appropriate professional boundaries, self-motivated working with minimal supervision, reliable.
- Familiarity with social service systems and issues pertinent to homeless youth
- Ability to actively model resilience that has been acquired via some type of significant life experience.
- Physically able to walk outreach routes, perform a range of motions including exerting, carrying up to 50lbs, sit for long periods of time, kneel, squat, stoop, go up and down stairs
- Contribute to team success by a willingness to cross-train in other areas of Teen Feed organizationSalary: PT $15/hr/10 hours weeklyLocation: University District, Seattle WA
Inquiries: Email Gloria Antonio, STOP Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org | 206.356.9314 *si, hable español for an application, or stop by the Teen Feed office for help with resources for resume-building and a cover letter.
(1) Fill out your application
(2) Attach a current resume and cover letter sharing why you are interested in this position
(3) Email them to Gloria (or bring them by 4740B University Way NE – black grated door by Rudy’s)Applications will be open for 2 weeks, starting October 16, 2019. Come by the Teen Feed office
Teen Feed is an equal opportunity Employer. Teen Feed is a 501c3 organization.
Join us Sunday, November 24th for the THIRD year with our friends Tom Douglas and the staff of Cuoco Italian for a delicious feast of Stan’s house made spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad, fresh garlic bread, seasonal sorbet for dessert and two (2) glasses of our house white or house red wine or selected non-alcoholic beverages. 100% of the proceeds go towards Teen Feed’s winter backpack outreach teams. Lovely wine and good company, plus we’ll have raffle tickets if YOU BRING A BASIC NEED ITEM and (super awesome) prizes to give away throughout the evening! Seats fill quickly so… Get tickets HERE
When: Sunday November 24th
Where: Cuoco – 310 Terry Ave N Seattle, 98109
What: Great spaghetti balls of fire, veggie and mmmm atop yummy pasta with 2 (TWO) glasses of vino. Bring a few of only your very coolest friends**
Cost: Ticket prices are $40! Any additional donations go to the kids in the form of basic needs, healthcare co-pays, housing application fees, educational fees and communication support. BRING A BASIC NEED FOR A RAFFLE TICKET. Tarps, underwear, socks, gloves, hats and high-protein snacks.
CLICK HERE and Shop our Outreach Amazon Wish list from the kids!
The weather is changing! Teen Feed works to offer basic needs items and daily essential to help homeless youth to care for themselves. We distribute basic needs items to youth at the nightly meal program, during street outreach, and in our office as youth access support coordination.
We rely on you, our community to provide basic needs items to the youth. Consider collecting items at your office, home or social group, or sending an email to friends requesting travel toiletries. Whatever a supply drive may look like to you, know you are providing youth the daily essentials they desperately need. Below we have provided downloadable signage and resources to help you with with your Sock or Basic Needs Drives. Thank you on behalf of the youth we serve*
Basic Needs Drive Resources:
- Basic Needs List & Drop-off Schedule (see below). Can’t make night drop offs? Call us for appt.
- Sock Drive Sign
- Basic Needs Drive Sign
- Basic Needs Drive Handouts
Basic Needs Items for Youth:
Travel Sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream (winter)*
Razors (NOT CURRENTLY NEEDED)
Hand Sanitizer (winter)*
Tampons & pads (NOT CURRENTLY NEEDED)
Nail Clippers (NOT CURRENTLY NEEDED)
African American (POC) hair products
Hooded sweatshirts (L to XXXL, dark colors) (always)*
New men’s underwear/boxers (always)*
Bras – all sizes, feminine underwear
New Socks – all sizes, wool please (warm when wet) (always)*
Gloves, beanies, scarves (winter)*
Water bottles (summer)*
Disposable hand and toe warmers
Other necessities: (waterproof is best)
Sleeping bags with cases (always)*mens
Batteries – AA, AAA (winter)*
Emergency Blankets and Rain Ponchos *HIGH PRIORITY FOR APRIL/MAY
Blankets/ Tarps (summer and winter)*
Travel-sized sewing kits, toothpaste and toothbrushes
Personal Journals (in gallon ziplock bags)
Warm/Cool pants (always)*
Dry dog and cat food (NOT CURRENTLY NEEDED)
Instant Coffee and Emergency (individual packages for OUTREACH BACKPACK TEAMS)
Hot Cocoa *HIGH PRIORITY FOR MARCH/APRIL
Instant Oatmeal (winter)* HIGH PRIORITY FOR MARCH/APRIL
High-Protein Nutritious snacks like Kind bars, chewy bars, and Nutrigrain, nuts and fruit leather (all year)* * HIGH PRIORITY FOR MARCH/APRIL
Donation Drop-Off Schedule
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm to 6:15pm, University Congregation Church – 4515 16thAve NE (@NE 45th), prior to the Teen Feed meal program. Donation contact: Janine at email@example.com. *call ahead to let the nightly teams know you’re coming. T: 206.229.0813
Need help? We are happy to create something custom for your group, or update you on the latest personal requests for our youth in their jobs, going to school or working for us toward stability as interns! Please reach Janine Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.409.1202 for more information