Our Team

Sarah McKay, JV Program Coordinator

I am a New Englander who fell heart-first for the Northwest as a JV.  Born in St. Louis and raised in Connecticut, I am a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, a small but mighty women’s college in Western Massachusetts.
Armed with my nifty new philosophy degree, I chose to serve as a JV first in Missoula, MT at Western Montana Mental Health Center providing presence and support for those struggling with mental illness (and losing terribly at many games of Yahtzee!), then in a second year coordinating and facilitating a curriculum to empower job training participants with personal and vocational skills at Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington’s Furniture Bank in Spokane, WA.  Through the experience of witnessing the challenges and barriers faced by those I served in Spokane, I became drawn to the work of mentorship and empowerment, with a particular focus on youth.  I dearly hope to forever encounter new avenues to guide and empower individuals to feel their own strength and infinite worth in the world and am honored and grateful to be able to accompany JVs in Montana through the blessings, brokenness, and budding growth of a JV year.

In my off hours, I enjoy getting crafty, listening to all the podcasts, walking barefoot, experimenting with mystery veggies and ingredients, cuddling my dog, and plucking bundles of fresh herbs from the wild Portland streets.  I am interested in creativity as a means of healing, food as a portal for connection and justice, and the awesome strength of human beings.  As a person with a chronic illness and a queer woman, I am most passionate about issues of access to reliable and affordable healthcare, and the civil rights and justice issues surrounding the LGBTQIA2S+ community.  For these reasons I am a proud part of our Equity Committee at JVC Northwest, striving to create a more equitable and safe space for all who are in relationship with our program.  I listen almost exclusively to Top 40 & Top Country, and bake truly delicious cupcakes.


Want to contact Sarah? Email her or give her a call at 503-335-8202.