December’s Advocate of the Month: Jason Dickson!
Jason Dickson has got it goin’ on! His committed presence at Teen Feed is appreciated by staff and youth alike. Jason goes above and beyond to support staff during program. Beyond his two nights as a Teen Feed advocate he also volunteers at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter. Teen Feed could hardly keep up with all of the thank you cards we owed him for his humble generosity. So, we sat him down with a cup of coffee and got real. It’s hard not to like this guy, he’s down to earth, kind, funny and he “gets it”.
How long have you been volunteering with Teen Feed?
Since January 2011.
Why/how did you get involved with Teen Feed?
I watched a documentary called “Children Underground”. It was so touching and I wanted to get involved because I couldn’t bury my head in the ground about these kinds of issues – I had to do something and I’d rather give my hands than money. So, I Googled homeless youth in Seattle and contacted some organizations. Teen Feed was the first to respond so I attended the orientation and started volunteering. It was spontaneous, just like everything else I do.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Teen Feed?
The guests. Don’t take it personally, the other volunteers and staff are great but the guests and relationships are my favorite. Being at Teen Feed gives me the freedom to get away from myself and focus on the guests.
What do you like to do outside of volunteering?
I like to get out whenever I can. When the weather is permitting I love going climbing. With the winter approaching I want to go snow shoeing . I’m wreaking havoc if I’m stuck in the city.
What did you eat today?
A philly sandwich from the Wayward Café.
What have you learned from volunteering at Teen Feed?
I think about this quite a bit. If you would’ve asked me a year ago what I thought about homeless youth I would have been able to ‘fill in the blank’ to describe a youth with a lot more assumptions. From my experience at Teen Feed, a homeless youth is no different from other kids (like my own son) except circumstance.
Interested in becoming a Teen Feed Advocate or Volunteer?
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