About Us

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 Neighborhood  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.

Briana Persley 

Briana Persley became the Executive Director of Partners for Youth in November 2017.  She previously worked as a Crime Victims’ Advocate at the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for 15 years and served as the office’s Experienced Based Career Education Site Coordinator (EBCE) for six years.  Teaching and mentoring children and youth has always been her passion, so she became involved with Partners for Youth in 2003 and served on the board until October 2017.  Briana is excited to support the mission of Partners for Youth: “to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency through collaboration and capacity building” by combining her knowledge of community organizations and resources with her experience in the criminal justice system to help give youth the tools they need to be successful now, and in the future. You can contact Briana, at 859-258-3119 or bpersley@lexingtonky.gov


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. You can contact Angie, at 859-258-3108 or ahampton@lexingtonky.gov


Mizari Suárez

Mizari Suáez, a Tates Creek High School graduate, is currently enrolled at EKU. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in Social Justice. Mizari is very passionate about serving her community. She serves on two non-profit boards, Seedleaf and Casa de la Cultura. As our Community Partners Coordinator, Mizari leads out Neighborhood Youth Councils, 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, painting or riding her bike! You can contact Mizari, at 859-258-3109 or msuarez@lexingtonky.gov


Roxanne Brown  

Roxanne Brown is currently a full-time student at the University of Kentucky completing her bachelor’s degree in Family Science and Community and Leadership Development. The work she has done as a former director of several programs focused on youth and teens at the YMCA of Central Kentucky as well as serving on Advisory Councils within Fayette County Public Schools have prepared her for the position she now holds at PFY, Community Partners Assistant Coordinator. Roxanne believes in advocating for our youth and doing everything she can to better their futures. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting her 2 sons at their academic and sporting events, watching drama and action movies and TV shows, and spending time with family. You can contact Roxanne, at 859-425-2098 or rbrown2@lexingtonky.gov