Get Help Working Toward the Career of Your Dreams!
Empowering young adults to find and keep meaningful employment through guided job preparation and career navigation.
Career LaunchPad serves 16 to 24-year-olds who are disconnected from employment and/or education and who want assistance on their path to living wage jobs and meaningful employment. Our work begins by meeting with young adults to determine what assistance is needed and best suited for them. Participants in Career LaunchPad must commit to working with program staff to develop and follow through on Individualized Employment Plans. We will support you not only in becoming job ready, but also by helping build skills to retain employment, gain advancement, and explore long term education and career goals.
This program might be a good fit for you if you are:
- Age 16 to 24 years
- Willing to commit to regular meetings with a Career Navigator
- Looking to find new or upgrade current employment
- Open to feedback and continued growth
Career LaunchPad is not a job finding service. Successful participation in our program takes a commitment of 3 to 6 months on average. However, if you are willing to put in the work, you will benefit from our services.
Career Navigators work at Learning Center North, YouthSource, Highline Learning Centers, iGrad, and Federal Way Open Doors. Referrals are received directly through these programs or through ReOpp’s webform.
The Career LaunchPad team works throughout King County and are willing to meet with students at re-engagement centers or in the community:
Andrea Lopez, Career Navigator (Federal Way Open Doors)
Andrea has worked in youth employment and education programs with King County since 2001. She was born and raised in the Seattle area and loves to explore the ever changing community. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Seattle and holds Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She found her passion for helping others at a young age as a middle child and mediator. She is a wife, mother of two teenagers and dog lover. In her free time she loves to travel and be outside. She is happiest when she is spending time with her family and supporting young people as they pursue their goals!
Mirela Pencheva, Career Navigator (YouthSource)
Mirela was born and raised in a small town in Bulgaria, Dryanovo. She immigrated to Seattle when she was 12 and learned English in just 3 months. Mirela graduated from Foster High School and went onto attend Seattle Pacific University. She was actually the first person in her family to earn a college degree! Mirela’s first job was with Tukwila Schools, where she tutored 5th graders in math. That first experience inspired her to help youth reach their full potential.
Isamar Valdez, Career Navigator (iGrad)
Isamar is originally from Dinuba, CA, a small agricultural town in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Starting at a young age, she started working with her family in the grape, peach, and orange fields. This is where her passion for helping families and her local community sparked! Isamar was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her B.A in Psychology from Humboldt State University. After a few years of serving children, low-income families, and college students, she moved to Washington, where she strives to help youth take the right steps towards their career goals!
Ashley Alday, Career Navigator (Shoreline)
Ashley is originally from the small island of Guam and moved to Everett, WA at the age of 7. As a low-income, first-generation college student, Ashley received support from various mentors to attain her goals and breakdown personal barriers. Ashley believes in the power of relationship building, self-reflection, and storytelling as forms for personal growth and transformation and brings this in the work she does. She got her BA in Social Welfare with a minor in Education and Diversity and a Master’s degree in Social Work – Policy and Administration both at the University of Washington. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys traveling, being with her loved ones, singing karaoke, Netflix, and eating!