Support to Work Toward the Career of Your Dreams!
Career LaunchPad serves 16 to 24-year-olds who are interested in jump-starting their careers. We want to support young adults not only in obtaining jobs, but also building skills that will help them keep employment, gain advancement, and explore long term career goals. To that effect, our Career Navigators create individualized employment plans that cater to participant’s specific interests and strengths. This program might be a good fit for you if you are:
- Between 16 and 24 years old
- Interested in working at least 20 hours per week, right away
- Committed to meeting regularly with a Career Navigator
- Low-income, but not currently receiving TANF assistance
- Willing to continue receiving support services beyond initial hiring
The Career LaunchPad team works throughout King County and are willing to meet with students at re-engagement centers or in the community:
Caitlin Cordell, Program Manager
Teresa Cutsinger, Career Navigator (Highline Area)
Teresa was born and raised in Texas. She moved to the Seattle in 2015 and loves the Pacific Northwest! Teresa’s first job was with Domino’s Pizza at age 15. She then went on to work at video stores, day care centers, and restaurants. She studied Psychology in college and became very interested in youth mental health. She has now worked for over 7 years in human services!
Osbaldo Hernandez, Career Navigator (N. Seattle & Shoreline)
Stefanie Love, Career Navigator (Federal Way & Auburn)
Mirela Pencheva, Career Navigator (S. Seattle & Renton)
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.
Esther Shin, Program Assistant
Esther was born in Chicago but lived in South Korea for a few years and has been at Seattle since 1996. She went to Washington State University for her Bachelor’s of Fine Art and also completed her Master’s in Higher & Post Secondary Education at Antioch University. She is a self-starter and is committed to helping young adults gain meaningful employment and to become successful.
Isamar Valdez, Career Navigator (Kent Area)
To learn more or to get started, please call the Career LaunchPad team directly at 206-263-5756,
or complete the ReOpp web referral form today!