Meet the Team

Janice Deguchi
Executive Director

Janice is a not so recent graduate of Rainier Beach High School one of CfY’s partner schools. A lifelong south Seattle resident, she brings her passion for her community to Community for Youth. Janice has served in numerous leadership roles including as Executive Director of Denise Louie Education Center, a birth-five preschool/Head Start program serving South Seattle and South King County. Prior to CfY, Janice worked at Keiro Northwest, a senior health care organization where she oversaw seven programs aimed at maintaining seniors’ health and wellness. Janice is a proud parent of four young adults. Her son, AJ is a senior at Franklin High School, a CfY partner school. Janice holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington and Masters in Education from Seattle University. She enjoys good food, hiking and dancing.

Stephen Song
Director of Programs

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.

Hayley Nolan
Outreach and Program Manager

Hayley Nolan, CfY’s Outreach and Program Manager, started her journey with Community for Youth in September 2016 as an AmeriCorps Program Liaison. Originally from the Chicago area, Hayley was in Missoula, MT for several years before relocating to Seattle to work at Community for Youth. After seeing and feeling the powerful impact of the CfY community, Hayley knew this organization was something she wanted to continue to be a part of. As the Outreach and Program Manager, Hayley gets to grow CfY’s presence in Seattle while getting potential students and mentors motivated to join our community. When she’s not at CfY, Hayley loves reading, wandering through thrift stores, seeing live music, practicing yoga, gardening, being in nature, and cooking and eating delicious food.

Elizabeth Thompson
Development and Communication Specialist

Elizabeth Thompson is a down-to-earth Midwesterner, originally from Flint, MI. Before moving to the beautiful city of Seattle, Elizabeth earned her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and started a position in the Education Department at Seattle Opera shortly after graduation. After that position, Elizabeth moved on to become the Development and Communication Specialist at Community for Youth. This position allows Elizabeth to promote and raise money for the students and mentors that CfY serves, and she could not be more grateful for that opportunity. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to read, try new restaurants with her boyfriend, and bake.

Hallie Rosner
MSW Graduate Intern

Hallie Rosner is a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Washington, and is excited to complete her advanced practicum with Community For Youth. Hallie grew up outside Seattle, then attended the University of Oregon and majored in Family and Human Services. Hallie’s background is in international adoption, and youth focused prevention work. Hallie is passionate about supporting families and youth, as well as community based relationships. Hallie believes in a community centered and strengths based approach to all the work she does. Hallie is thrilled to be working with CFY and feels that mentorship can have a powerful and positive impact on youth and mentors, as well as families and entire communities. In her free time Hallie enjoys kayaking, reading, dancing, and trying to cook new recipes.

Kristine Walker
MSW Graduate Intern

Kristine Walker was born in Portland, Oregon into a family of 18 children and is the youngest girl out of six girls. She is a very social and outgoing young woman with many hobbies and interests. Some of those interests include swimming, playing basketball, cooking, writing poetry, traveling, drawing, painting, and listening to music. She is a mother to two guinea pigs named Prince and Princess. Also, she has a 3-year-old Pomeranian named Winter who is amazing! Since Kristine was 10 years old she has always had a caring and helping heart; whether it was babysitting the neighborhood kids, or giving advice to people’s social issues, she was always a person to provide support. Working with children and families has always been a passion for Kristine. When she can empower people and help them overcome hardships and barriers, it uplifts her. Kristine knows the struggles of living in poverty, growing up in foster care, and depending on the system to survive. She still struggles until this very day; however, she has a great support network who is helping her become a young successful woman, as well as an inspiration to others. Now she can give back to the community and uplift them.

Amanda Alvarado
AmeriCorps Program Liaison

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 Walton
AmeriCorps Program Liaison

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.