Interested in directly serving Seattle's community of homeless young people during the COVID crisis? Wanting to make a tangible impact and address hunger and basic needs in your community? Become a youth 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. Since the COVID Crisis, Teen Feed has transitioned to a completely "To Go" dinner service model, with staff and advocate volunteers continuing to serve young people on a nightly basis. 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 socially distanced conversation, do regular wellness checks, and hand out PPE. 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. Advocates commit to two hours (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.
Advocate volunteers must complete a virtual volunteer orientation + anti - oppression and intro to youth homelessness training, Advocate Application, and 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 required to wear face masks, face shields, and gloves in addition to consenting to temperature and symptom screening. PPE provided.
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, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth (SLY).
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), Service Links for Youth (SLY) and Youth Access to Care (YAC).
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
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.
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
We'll work with your schedule.
4740-B University Way NESeattle, WA98105
April 13, 2021
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
1 year commitment
Teen Feed is nonsecular organization practicing compassionate relationships. All are welcome.