Welcome to Partners for Youth where we work to empower the community to support our most vulnerable and valuable youth in Lexington. Our mission is “to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency through collaboration and capacity building.” We live out this mission in a variety of ways.
Whether it’s providing grant support through our Grassroots Allocation Program, distributing educational scholarships and empowerment through our Toyota Scholarship and Mayor’s Youth Council Programs, or building community collaborations that bring together community partners to support youth in meaningful ways, we are dedicated to improving the lives of our young people. It’s through these efforts and more that we build relationships and make a difference.
Laura has served as Executive Director of Partners for Youth since August of 2011. Her prior work in Community Engagement at the University of Kentucky gave her many opportunities to both learn the needs and assets of our community in addition to giving her the opportunity to build numerous partnerships with Lexington’s non-for-profit organizations and city leaders. Through this knowledge of our caring and creative community, Laura now works to garner community support to identify and develop ways we can meet the needs of Lexington’s youth.
Angie Green Hampton
After 30 years of dedicated service to LFUCG’s Park & Recreation, Angie Green Hampton comes to us with a diverse background. At Parks & Rec, she served in a variety of capacities including Recreation Manager over Community Centers for 13 years prior to her retirement in 2013. Angie, our Community Partners Director, supports Lexington’s children and youth by establishing meaningful & sustainable partnerships between the city government and community. She is also heading up our I DO Youth Program List so be sure to send her information on spring break opportunities you’d like included in our spring break edition. During her free time, Angie enjoys Zumba at Williams Wells Brown Community Center, playing pool, walking her dog at Douglas Park and spending time with her family.
Mizari Suarez, a Tates Creek High School graduate, is currently enrolled at EKU. She is completing her her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Social Justice. As our Community Partners Coordinator, Mizari leads our Neighborhood Youth Council, works on organizing our Spotlight on Youth events and finds creative ways to connect city government and community resources to youth. Mizari loves being involved in her community and enjoys hot tea. Whenever she’s not drinking tea, you’ll find her reading or painting!