Families and Youth, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at FYI will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. FYI does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Families and Youth, Inc., (FYI) began as Children in Need of Services (CHINS) in April 1977 as a pilot project. CHINS became incorporated and designated as a nonprofit 501c3 in 1979. The agency was later renamed Families & Youth, Inc. in 1987 to reflect the agency’s expansion of services to the community.
FYI has become a trusted change agency in the community and a dynamic, vital, and integral component in providing youth and their families with rich opportunities to discover and follow more positive alternative paths in making their decisions and choices in life.
FYI continuously interacts with the community and values the feedback it receives to successfully develop and implement prevention, intervention, treatment, and advocacy service models that address the most complex and ever evolving community needs.
FYI also conducts ongoing evaluation, assessment, and quality improvement processes to ensure services and programs offered by FYI continue to be effective, efficient, and impactful; leading to the continued fulfillment of FYI’s Mission “To promote a safer and healthier community by focusing on children and families”.
Families and Youth, Inc., headquarters is located at 1320 S. Solano in Las Cruces New Mexico and has several satellite offices in Sunland Park, Anthony, Deming, Hatch, T or C, and Socorro, New Mexico.
I first discovered my passion for working with youth during my senior service learning project at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. The service project focused on mentoring and tutoring children in the inner city of Detroit. I quickly became struck by the disconnect between these young children and the availability of any kind of positive external support. I witnessed and worked with young children wrapped in social disorganization and community dysfunction. Any opportunity for positive change – or, to move beyond the influences of their immediate surroundings – was rare and disturbingly absent. Looking back, I have come to see my senior service project as influential in organizing my life and passion around developing “opportunities for change and growth” for young people.
Later, I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an academic emphasis in Juvenile Justice. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Las Cruces to more fully embrace my own “opportunity for change and growth” as a case manager in a Transitional Living Program for youth at Families & Youth, Inc. (FYI). I fully embraced the core values of FYI, organized my efforts around advancing FYI’s mission “to promote a safer and healthier community by focusing on families and children,” and worked to strengthen and expand our community based programs. During the next 11 years at the agency, I occupied myself in a range of different programs and in a variety of different roles.
In March of 2015, FYI unexpectedly lost its founder and leader of over 35 years, Jose Frietze. Jose was a dedicated champion to helping families and children in need; he was my supervisor, colleague, and mentor. I was honored and privileged when asked to serve as his successor and lead the agency as Chief Executive Officer.
In May of 2016, I received my Master’s degree in Public Administration from NMSU and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the International Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. My FYI history, education, and experience has provided me with a rich and unique opportunity to learn about the mission and purpose of FYI from the bottom-up, inside out, and outside in. I remain passionately dedicated and committed to FYI’s mission, staff, and purpose in working with the community, families, and youth.
My vision and plan is to continue making FYI a dynamic, vital, and integral component in providing youth and their families with rich opportunities to discover and follow more positive alternative paths in making their decisions and choices in life.
|Kavanaugh, Brian||Chief Executive Officer|
|Director of Programs|
|Program Development & Grant Administrator|
|Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)|
|Access and Visitation|
|In Home Services (IHS)|
|Juvenile Assessment & Reporting Center (JARC)|
|Family Navigation Education Services (FNES) & Time Limited Reunification (TLR)|
|Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)|
|El Crucero Permanent Supportive Housing
|Wootton, Karen E.||FYI Board Chair|
|Myers, Barbara Y.||FYI Board Vice-Chair|
|Chavez-Chavez, Dr. Rudolfo||FYI Board Secretary|
|Duran-Nickerson, Sylvia E.||FYI Board of Directors - Member|
|De La Rosa, Dr. Ivan||FYI Board of Directors - Member|
|Martinez, J. Joe||FYI Board of Directors - Member|
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