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"Each one of us can make a difference. Together, we can make change."
-Barbara Mikulski

Meet The Team

Meet the folks on the ground who are doing the work day in and day out to ensure youth succeed.


Sarah Young-Sheppard

Founder/Executive Director

Grateful for: mountains to climb, ocean waves, a good road trip, baking, the Dodgers, her fur babies & family


Jessica Rubecindo-Shioda

Director of Operations

Grateful for: all seafood, accessories, Bravo shows, non-fiction books and cozy times with her pups & hubby


Luke Patterson

Director of Youth Services

Grateful for: roller coasters, brownie sundaes, family time and conversations about freedom

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Jeanne Le

Manager of Programs & Impact

Grateful for: dinner parties with friends, all things true crime, and her handsome cat aka the love of her life


Emily Fitleberg

Manager of Youth Mental Health & Wellness

Grateful for: good times with friends, sushi, laughter, family, and chocolate.  

Let's make change happen.

Meet Our Board


Sharrie Wunder



Rachel Guerra


Let's build a more compassionate world together.

Meet Our Board

Meet Our Partners

Current Youth Partners

Arizona State University Local - LA 

Boys & Girls Club of LA Harbor

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica​

Chuco's Justice Center - Youth Justice Coalition

Da Vinci Schools

  • RISE 

Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District

  • John Adams Middle School

  • Olympic High School

  • Santa Monica High School

  • SMAS​H

MSW University Partners

UCLA, Luskin School of Public Affairs

CSU-Long Beach, School of Social Work

CSU-Northridge, Tseng College

Smith College, School for Social Work

Columbia University, School of Social Work  

USC, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work 

CSU-Los Angeles, School of Social Work

CSU-Dominguez Hills, Master of Social Work Program 

If you are specifically interested in hosting an MSW Intern (supervised by a SEWI staff member) at your organization, please email for more info!

Our Partners
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