"Hope begins with a personal touch!"
The Trail Youth is a non-profit organization seeking to build bridges between youth and the many resources available. The Trail Youth aims to help youth, ages 13-19, by promoting stable, nurturing relationships with mentors and promoting a safe environment for students through a youth coffee shop. We desire to see a strong, integrated community that values every child and contributes to their success.
The Trail Youth’s program is designed after the life coaching system. Our focus is on the future, while addressing the past and meeting the needs of the present. Our goal is to be a trusted community safe place that is known for empowering youth. Safety leads to connection, which leads to learning.
Coffee and Donuts
In 2013, two worlds collided. Josh and Kristen Zuray, Tonya Guinn and Wendy Laxton were introduced to a group of homeless young adults on the Rainier Trail in Issaquah. Drugs and prostitution was the norm on the trail. Seeing the words worthless and societies’ trash, we were determined to change the self view to one of value and worth. In order to build relationships and to offer hope, they brought doughnuts and specialty coffee down to the trail. Word soon spread to the middle school and high school about free doughnuts and coffee. After a few years of having a positive presence, the trail became cleaner with less drug paraphernalia and safer for families and young kids to walk down.
In 2014, Trail Youth became a 501c3 non-profit. A few years later, Trail Youth was asked to come to the Snoqualmie Trail. The demographics this time was teens, 13-19, who faced several different challenges ranging from suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, couch surfing, drugs, and others. TY realized that they needed to provide a safe place in which ALL youth felt valued and loved regardless of their background. In 2017, Trail Youth received a grant from Best Starts for Kids which made their dreams of having a coffee home for kids became a reality. Several months later, Trail Youth was the recipient of Mike Rowe’s facebook show, Returning the Favor. In two weeks time, through the help of local contractors, the show was able to renovate a space for the new Coffee Home.
Trail Youth Coffee Home’s
Our Mission is to remove negative labels so that teens can reach their full potential. We provide mentorship, barista training, and leadership development, and outreach. We are always looking for new trails to expand our message of value and hope.
"We remove labels and restore value to all who enter our doors!"
Co-founder and Executive Director
Tonya Guinn is a Trail Youth co-founder and has been with Trail Youth from the start. She has a passion for serving her community and is energized about implementing ways to serve more youth. Tonya Guinn has a B.S. in therapeutic recreation and previously worked as a licensed social worker. She has helped organizations serve people around the world by organizing fundraising events for missions, autism early intervention, and schools. She also leads local mission trips to Teen Challenge recovery center.
Director of Product Development
Wendy Laxton has a B.S. in business management. She has worked as an education and training coordinator for the Humane Society for several years. While there, she developed enrichment programs and camp experiences for children in King County. She has also helped start up a church mission coffee shop in Las Vegas, and has been involved with human trafficking missions.
Director of Mentorship
George is a true northwest native. After 38 years in the dental laboratory industry, George decided to pursue other passions and callings. Currently those passions and callings include leading the men’s ministry at his church, volunteering on the kitchen staff at Camp Sambica and most recently overseeing the mentorship program at The Trail Youth. George loves to see how the power of community has the ability to transform lives as we share “our stories” and mentoring just might be the best example of that.
Has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree in Family Studies, where she focused on effects of sexual abuse on children, effects of
absent fathers, and causes of pedophilia. Her work history includes managing a psychologist’s office, working with domestic violent offenders, and volunteering with educating prison inmates. Currently, she works for the King County Prosecutors Office. Her background with the criminal justice system will add value to strategic initiatives and decision-making.
RN, BSN, MSPH
Julie began her career in hospital nursing, then shifted gears after a decade, by getting her degree in Public Health. Since then, she has had the privilege of working on public health projects locally and nationally. Julie's volunteer work included informal mentoring with incarcerated youth and her recent work experience includes nursing at the local high schools. Julie supports the Trail Youth through grant writing. She aims to help build a healthier, more resilient community in the valley by ensuring each youth has access to supportive relationships.
Rob is the Assistant Vice President and Manager of Umpqua Bank in North Bend. In addition to The Trail Youth, he serves on the board of Chief Seattle Council (Boy Scouts of America) as the Alpine District Chairman, the City of Snoqualmie’s Economic Development Commission, and the Sno-Valley Innovation Center. Rob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Local Government, and a Master’s of Business Administration in Business Innovation. He has previously served on other boards in various
roles, and was once a community advisor to a U.S. Senator. Rob brings valuable business management and financial advising skills to the group.
Debbie White has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley since 2005. She retired after serving over 24 years as a Federal law enforcement officer where her primary areas of focus were income tax crimes, narcotics trafficking, and money laundering. She studied criminal justice and holds a B.S. in Law Enforcement & Police Science. Debbie volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America in North Bend, WA for many years, and well as churches in the Snoqualmie Valley and across the country. Debbie began volunteering at Trail Youth in 2019. She has assisted with event fundraising, assisting with the Wednesday Art Club projects, operating the Trail Youth booths during local festivals and events, as well as spending time with the teens at the Trail Youth Coffee Home.
Coffee Home Manager
A recent college graduate, Josue has been with The Trail for nearly a year. He brings a unique ability to bring out the best in youth, and enjoys the challenge of helping them see their potential. He believes in the power of relationships and desires to help the youth in his community.
Curtis Lilly is currently the lead pastor for Lifepointe Church in Snoqualmie. Prior to being lead pastor, he served as the youth pastor and used his education degree to substitute teach for nearly 10 years at the middle and high school levels in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Along with pastoring and working with Trail Youth, he also currently serves on the board for Love Snoqualmie Valley and volunteers weekly at Echo Glen Children’s Center. His passion is seeing people connected in real, lasting relationships and aspires to help this be a reality for every youth that is involved with Trail Youth.
Tom has been an active volunteer in the community serving at the Issaquah Food Bank. He has a passion for youth and has been engaged as a mentor at the Echo Glen Youth Center for over seven years. He has been
volunteering at Trail Youth since the spring of 2019. Tom has a degree in Political Science and is a retired international business executive. He is committed to supporting the goals and mission of Trail Youth, providing a safe, nurturing, and empowering place for the youth of the
Snoqualmie valley community.
Josh and Kristen Zuray
Board Member Emeritus
During their years working with at risk youth, another hurting people group was brought to their attention. They have relocated to start a virtual "safe place" for first responders. It is their desire to bring the affirmative message of Trail Youth's You Are to those who risk their lives everyday for the public. Josh and Kristen will continue to serve on the board and support Trail Youth in whatever way they can.