Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with three (3) integrated programs: Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth (SLY). No longer a stand-alone program, Youth Access to Care is now imbedded deeply into all core support programming. See the Idealist.org listing HERE.
Our Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) Coordinator enthusiasticallyleads the charge of the Teen Feed direct-service backpack teams and is often the first contact with young adults resistant to social services. The ideal STOP candidate empowers youth engagement, and is passionate about intern recruitment, youth education and programming. He/she/they champion/s collaborations with volunteers and community partners, is highly adaptable, organized, approachable, resourceful, grounded and reliable. 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.Position reports to the (SLY) Service Links for Youth Coordinator.
Youth Engagement and Relationship Building (60%)
- Serves as the secondary liaison for youth coordinated care on a small staff. Works collectively and proactively with complementary Teen Feed program coordinators to promote best practice and youth-first focus
- Leads the charge for street-wise Teen Feed backpack outreach teams 2 to 4 times weekly by creating schedules, modeling participation and promoting enthusiasm and empowerment
- Spearheads recruitment, scheduling, personal development and accountability for Teen Feed Peer Youth Interns during 6-month cohort intervals, also monitors and advises youth in professional practices representing Teen Feed Peer Youth Interns and the Teen Feed organization
- Facilitates weekly drop-ins (In-Reach) and in-office appointments to ensure the space is a consistent, safe, compassionate, efficient, welcoming and interactive environment
- Partners collaboratively with SLY coordinator to support informal wrap-around case management, navigation, youth engagement, care coordination and supervision programming and recommends pertinent educational training to SLY, supporting STOP role and youth development
- Reliably attends nightly Teen Feed dinner program a minimum of 1 time weekly (schedule is flexible) and has consistent weekly in-office hours
- Contributes as an active team player who values transparency with a willingness to cross-train. This position requires both individual growth and team cooperation. Having lived experience leading to a mature understanding and perspective is encouraged but not required for this position
Community Outreach, Leadership & Diversity (15%)
- Partners with Volunteer Coordinator to create intentional and rotating outreach teams to serve University area youth population using inter-agency partnerships, medical and health professionals, student interns and community advocates. Promotes on-boarding of staff and volunteers representative of organizational Core Values, including active recruitment of affected voices in the youth community and non-white and non-cis role models
- Represents Teen Feed and its mission at tabling events, greater Seattle community meetings and UDSPA service provider meetings and fosters partnerships within the youth service community.
- Attends meetings w/ network partners, advocacy, philanthropic, organizational events semi-annual Teen Feed Board/Staff retreats, weekly team meetings
Administration and Supply Management (25%)
- Schedules Peer Youth Intern development opportunities for work days, One Night Count teams and organizational community events
- Contributes to Teen Feed organizational manuals, Internship curriculum and Teen Feed processes and leads in Teen Feed curriculum development in collaboration with SLY (service links) Coordinator. Owns the STOP manual
- Builds consensus with SLY coordinator, Meal Coordinators, Volunteers and Teen Feed Peer Youth Interns to define, standardize and budget for Teen Feed’s Sweat Equity program.
- Manages Food Lifeline partnership and creates an effective system to monitor storage facilities that meet inventory needs for seasonal changes of food and supplies and creatively collaborates with Development to resource supplementary in-kind donations via social media, established donors and corporate sponsorships
- Maintains administrative responsibility for Salesforce metrics and HMIS data entry, monthly board and end-year reports, daily direct-service metric tracking for STOP role (backpack and In-Reach), and tracking system for youth mail disbursement
Desired Skills & Attributes
- A great communicator. Well-organized, flexible and consistent. Excellent interpersonal skills, with a commitment to youth empowerment and volunteerism. Candidate will represent youth voices in organizational operational and strategic planning issues
- A trusted resource for vulnerable youth in crisis. Reliable. A role model displaying proper and ethical boundaries
- Familiarity with social service systems and issues pertinent to homeless youth or willingness to learn best practices
- Demonstrates initiative to learn and enhance skills that actively promote community such as anti-racism, anti-oppression, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact on the Teen Feed mission
- A creative problem-solver and researcher, self-motivated working with minimal supervision
- Ability to actively model resilience acquired via some type of significant life experience
- Undergraduate degree useful, not required
- Interest in public health or social work, social justice, biological science, social work, nutrition, education, nursing or advocacy field all applicable to work but not required
- Desire and/or ability to work well with diverse populations, including advocacy for youth of color and LGBTQ youth
- 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
- Ability to work some evening shifts and occasional weekends
- Tech skills and good writing skills appreciated (Excel, HMIS, Salesforce, Google)
- Bilingual, multilingual and non-traditional candidates desirable, not required
- Position is 30 hours weekly with advantage of a flexible schedule, pro-rated sick and vacation hours
Interested candidates email to Colleen Marion, Teen Feed SLY Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach a current resume and cover letter stating why you are a great fit for this position.
TEEN FEED IS A 501c3 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER EIN 94-3034862 www.teenfeed.org Teen Feed team offers support to meet basic needs, builds strong relationships and allies with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets.
Teen Feed is looking for you. We’re 800+ strong community members. You’re a Meal Team Organizer, or an Advocate (over 18) or Ally (under 18) once a week or once a month. You’re a skilled office talent (administrative or technology), a social media guru, a grant prospector or successful people manager. You like to cook. You’ve never cooked. You work at an office of caring folks needing a project that changes our community. We want you and we’ve got a noble purpose for your time. Teen Feed is dependent on our gifted volunteer corps to be successful. We partner with you to raise awareness for community issues and social change, or develop your skills and professional networks. Make friends, have a blast. College interns in study fields such as social justice, advocacy, management, healthcare and nutrition especially encouraged to apply. Email Janine at email@example.com
There is a warm feeling as we come together to do something good, and recently with #GIVEBIG we did that – $25,000.00 later we stand together with the ability to do more, dream more, and allow our kids the freedom to choose life off the streets with the resources to support them.
On behalf of the staff, meal teams, board members and dozens and dozens of volunteers that made the gears of the two days work, we say “thank you.” Thanks for the generous monetary gifts, the data entry, the phone trees, Seattle Community College Social Justice students for the amazing social media spams and Starbucks, for hot coffee cups. Thanks to the Seattle Foundation who in the face of adversity rose to an enormous challenge and extended giving times. All of you went above and beyond, and we thank you from our hearts. — Teen Feed
During the holidays the world comes together to celebrate generosity. A few dollars to Teen Feed provides a hot meal and basic needs, and so much more! This year original art cards created by our homeless youth are yours when you give through the Generosity.com campaign. Click HERE to See our Fun Movie and Give. Remember to hashtag us at #teenfeedtimes.
The Ben Gibbard-fronted band has chosen Teen Feed as the Death Cab for Cutie’s tour beneficiary in 2015. Purchasing a ticket allows you to support our community all year long. Support Death Cab and Teen Feed! Thanks to Ben and Death Cab for the friendship and support for homeless youth!
JOIN US for an amazing benefit concert show featuring The West, Jupe Jupe, and Goodbye Heart! Proceeds from the show will benefit Teen Feed’s meal and support programs from homeless youth. Come out for a fantastic show in support of young people working hard for their futures! Hope to see you there…
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Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with four integrated programs: Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth (SLY), and Youth Access to Care.
Summary: A Teen Feed part time Meal Program Coordinator supervises operational aspects of the daily meal program, the first entry into the Teen Feed family network. Position works between 2pm to 9pm daily and includes some administrative work, and a physical presence to support guests, Meal Team volunteers, Advocates, and Allies for Teen Feed’s University District and Auburn programs. The leadership shown in this vital position ensures safety and consistency in Teen Feed’s meal program and stewards a community of supporters as described in the duties outlined below.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Support Youth safety and referrals in all aspects of Teen Feed Meal Program operations including facility set-up, meal timing and distribution. Supervise cleanup checklist for meal sites. Provides part time support for an organizational schedule of 7 nights, 365 days of the year.
- Partners with Support Coordinators/Case Managers to ensure consistency in staff coordinator coverage.
- Monitors youth behavior nightly as relates to creation and delivery of a safe and respectful environment for guests. Models respect and understanding for the youth we serve. Enforces rules among Teen Feed guests using sensitivity and techniques for conflict de-escalation. Collects materials from guests and coordinates with other agencies to provide release of information if guests do not have valid ID.
- Co-trains and/or supports final training of volunteer Advocates, Allies and Meal Team groups meeting guest needs. Works closely in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator to advise and facilitate training, schedules, and on-boarding of new volunteers. Facilitates the nightly volunteer Advocate and Ally staffing briefings with maturity and poise.
- Demonstrates willingness to be cross-trained to support other organizational positions. Promotes organizational cooperation, philanthropy, stewardship. Works with other Meal Team Coordinators for Count Us In coordination, Holiday Party support.
- Supports the public face of the Teen Feed organization.
- Provides data collection and data entry to the Salesforce record system daily including notes following client attendance and progress, and contact with constituents (donor,company, community, or volunteer participation/absence). Participates in bi-yealy Age Verification Checks to agency.
- Participates and collaborates in weekly staff development meetings, community meetings and trainings.
- Demonstrates a willingness to be proactive in program planning, improvement, innovation, input and evaluation.
Skills and Qualifications:
Degree or movement toward qualifications in social sciences, social activism, or related empathetic field preferred,(not required) or three years of equivalent work experience.
Knowledge of social service systems and clinical issues pertinent to homeless youth or a willingness to be trained
Ability to partner effectively with diverse local service providers to demonstrate respect for all service providers’ philosophies and missions.
Knowledge and ability to use a harm reduction model in supporting and providing all services
Demonstrate an initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism and anti-oppression and an understanding of oppression and its impact
Ability to empathize with homeless youth and on some level to relate with their unique experiences.
Willingness to adhere to appropriate professional boundaries when working in close proximity to youth served
Ability to perform all services in a culturally respectful manner, honoring homeless and street-involved young people as valued individuals
Ability to use language and behavior that demonstrates a basic respect for the dignity and value of those served, as well as coworkers and colleagues
Ability to take initiative and be self-motivated, working with minimal supervision
Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills or willingness to grow and train to be effective
Former street youth welcome
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Executive Director Tom Rembiesa firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Teen Feed Partners and Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that I am departing from Teen Feed. After much consideration, my partner and I have made the decision to move home to Portland, Oregon this summer to be closer to our families.
This was a difficult decision to make. Over the last 2 1/2 years, I have deeply enjoyed building relationships with you – the community members so passionately dedicated to improve the dignity and quality of life for homeless and street involved youth in Seattle and King County. To Teen Feed’s committed volunteers providing family-like experience for youth, dedicated youth service provider partners, and the generous community of donors and funding partners, I say THANK YOU for your commitment to the incredible young people at Teen Feed and in our communities.
Over the coming weeks, the Teen Feed Board of Directors will be working to identify an experienced Interim Executive Director to guide Teen Feed into its next stage of organizational growth and strategic planning in providing for youth in need. During this transition and beyond, Teen Feed’s youth-focused programming, dedicated staff, and community volunteers will continue to transform the lives of youth as it has consistently since 1987.
I hope you will stay in touch. I can be reached at email@example.com. Should you have any questions related to Teen Feed, please reach Suzanne Sullivan, Director of Development and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.949.1092.
With hope and respect,
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.