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FROM: Rite of Passage and Friends for Youth
CONTACT: Kent Moe
Executive Director, Mountain Region
Rite of Passage
303 888 1396
303 214 1122
June 30, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIENDS FOR YOUTH COMBINES EFFORTS WITH RITE OF PASSAGE
CENTENNIAL, CO – Friends for Youth, a Centennial-based youth service agency providing mentoring and counseling to at-risk teens and young adults, is consolidating its community outreach efforts with Rite of Passage, a national youth service agency.
Friends for Youth (FFY) was established 27 years ago as a faith-based organization that offered mentoring programs in inner-city schools, juvenile detention centers and group homes. In early 2016, Terri Gillen, Executive Director for FFY announced her retirement effective June 30. The FFY Board of Directors appointed a Future Committee to access and engage in discussions with several different agencies to carry on this important mission. The FFY Board of Directors negotiated a management agreement with Rite of Passage which becomes effective July 1, 2016.
“Over the years, Friends for Youth has been blessed with strong support from involved individuals, churches and youth-focused mentors. We salute their commitment to our cause, and pledge that our good work of diverting youth away from crime and drug use will continue,” said John Greene, Friends for Youth chairperson.
Rite of Passage which manages the Ridge View Youth Services Center and Betty Marler Center for the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections and the Colorado Department of Human Services will provide community based counseling services with administrative services housed at Ridge View. Employees have been retained by Rite of Passage. “We are honored and humbled to be continuing the Friends for Youth legacy.” said Executive Director Kent Moe.
The Friends for Youth Board will remain intact; retaining its 501c3 non-profit status as well as financial decision making authority. FFY will continue to receive grants and contributions for its juvenile mentoring mission.
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Friends for Youth is moving.
Beginning August 1st, our new address is:
Friends for Youth
28101 E Quincy Ave
Watkins, CO 80137
Our current address is 8008 E Arapahoe Ct, Suite 100, Centennial, CO 80112
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Fostering Friendships, Changing Lives
When we make a mistake, many of us rely on the support of family, friends, and mentors to help us learn from the experience and recover. This has been the business of Denver nonprofit Friends for Youth since 1998. Through mentoring and academic support programs, the organization aims to keep as many kids from entering the adult prison system as possible. Their primary goal is to inspire kids by connecting them with people who care. Although this may sound straightforward, their multi-faceted mentoring approach changes lives through relationship building. Billy’s story is a prime example.
Billy moved to the United States from Mali in West Africa and struggled adjusting to a new culture. His parents noticed that Billy had befriended people who did not have his best interests in mind. He began to disengage from his family and schoolwork and started to get into trouble with these new “friends.” Adults around Billy took notice and intervened with the hopes of helping Billy find a new way that wouldn’t lead down a destructive path.
At the beginning of high school, a counselor referred Billy to the Friends for Youth program for support. Billy began attending various mentoring sessions in both group and one-on-one settings. As Billy’s engagement with the programs grew, his performance in the classroom improved and he started making more thoughtful decisions about his affiliations and his future. Home visits revealed that for the first time, Billy felt supported in all facets of his life. His parents noted the shift and were grateful that he found another avenue for care and support.
Friends for Youth continues to support young people in the Denver Metro Area as it serves nearly 400 students. Of the 85% of kids who complete a full term of programming, only 4% end up as recidivist in the legal system. Their successes and impact in helping youth develop into strong, independent citizens is changing futures for the better. Ultimately, Friends for Youth’s philosophy reminds us: showing someone care and attention can go a long way.