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
Caitlin, a Seattle native, has worked with King County youth and young adult employment programs for the past 6 years and spent many years before that creating and leading youth development programs with other organizations. In her free time, Caitlin is very involved with a number white anti-racist groups. Additionally, she facilitates workshops on gender, sexuality, and rape culture with All Girl Everything Ultimate Program, an Ultimate Frisbee organization that promotes social justice for young girls of color in South Seattle. Caitlin enjoys Ultimate, soccer, and rock climbing.
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)
Osbaldo’s personal story as a former undocumented student and first-generation college graduate, has given him a first-hand experience that has grounded his professional and community-based work. Passionate about helping others, he worked as a Teach for America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) after graduating from college. He then moved back to Seattle to work for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Osbaldo received a Master’s in Education Policy from the UW and is excited to continue to advocate for young people through his role with Career LaunchPad.
Stefanie Love, Career Navigator (Federal Way & Auburn)
Stefanie rose above the adversity of generational poverty and drug addiction, working consistently since age 16 and graduating from high school. She attended Clover Park Technical College, received her AA, and interned with Pierce County Juvenile Court. After her internship, she began working for the Tacoma YouthBuild program. Then, she earned her Bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College and moved on to support homeless veterans with The Metropolitan Development Council in Tacoma. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in public administration. Stefanie is based at Federal Way Open Doors and is very excited to be serving young people in her home town!
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)
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!
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!