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Advocate Volunteer - Serve Homeless Young Adults in Seattle

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ORGANIZATION: Teen Feed

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Interested in directly serving Seattle's community of homeless young people? Wanting to make a tangible impact and address hunger and basic needs in your community? Become an Advocate!

Advocates are responsible individuals over 18 years of age who provide consistency and positive relationships to youth guests in addition to helping meet basic needs at the Teen Feed dinner program. Advocates are crucial members of our direct service team who remember youth’s names, help meet the basic needs of meals and supplies, conduct entryway health screenings on youth, and join guests in open air environments to engage in conversation. Additionally, advocates help with nightly set up and tear down of the service space and work with staff coordinators to create detailed records of the evening’s activities.

REQUIREMENTS: Advocates are an integral part of the Teen Feed dinner program and act as consistent sources of support for our young people. Having the same people show up on a regular basis creates a sense of community and trust. Advocatescommit to 2/2.5 hours (6:00/6:30-8:30pm) one evening per week for a minimum of one year of service. This includes the holiday season, as Teen Feed continues to operate every day of the year. If you know that you will be taking a significant amount of time off during the holiday season, please reach out to us to discuss.

**SUMMER-ONLY volunteer opportunities available**

Advocate volunteers must complete:

-in-person volunteer orientation

-remote training that encompasses topics such as anti-oppression and intro to youth homelessness

-Advocate Application + Washington State Patrol background check.

Teen Feed aims to create a volunteer corps reflective of the diversity of our youth - those who represent diverse identities and/or have lived experience with homelessness/housing insecurity are highly encouraged to apply.

**COVID Safety: At this time, we are recommending that individuals who may be high - risk do not participate in - person at the Teen Feed dinner program. All volunteers are highly encouraged to wear face masks. PPE provided.

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About Teen Feed

Location:

4740-B University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, US

Mission Statement

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. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with three programs: Teen Feed Nightly Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth (SLY).

Description

Teen Feed at a Glance
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. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with integrated programs: Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth (SLY).

Thanks to your partnership in 2015 Teen Feed:

  • Opened its doors to 50 - 80 youth each night
  • Offered over 20,000 nutritious meals to hungry youth
  • connected with over 600 individual youth in need
  • worked with over 800 volunteers, who donated over $130,000 in food

History

In 1987, nurses from the University of Washington Medical Center noticed that many street youth accessing the emergency room were severely malnourished. The community responded, and faith groups, service providers, and neighbors came together to provide food to the University District’s homeless youth population. Teen Feed was born, and now we average 40-50 guests each evening. Teen Feed is the only provider of meals specifically to youth and young adults in the University District open regularly every night of the week.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
LGBTQ+
Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, LGBTQ+

WHEN

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WHERE

Multiple locations Seattle, WA 98105

(47.66142,-122.26837)
 

SKILLS

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Life Coaching
  • Nutrition
  • Youth Services
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 year commitment
  • Teen Feed is nonsecular organization practicing compassionate relationships. All are welcome.

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