Our History

Partners for Youth (PFY), a Lexington based 501(c)(3) non-profit, acts as a clearinghouse for community contributions including money and in-kind assistance to those programs serving young people. PFY assists in the coordination of these services in order for programs to work as cooperatively and effectively as possible to have the greatest impact in supporting youth. PFY was founded by Mayor Pam Miller in early 1995 after the shooting and killing of an African American youth by a white police officer in October 1994. In the wake of this tragedy, public discussion quickly took aim at the apparent despair felt by segments of our city’s youth. In response, PFY was formed to make resources available to youth in these forgotten segments of the Lexington population.

Board of Directors

Partners for Youth is Supported by the Following Dedicated Board Members:

ASSISTANT CHIEF LAWRENCE WEATHERS - CHAIR
LFUCG Police Department

BRIANA PERSLEY - PAST CHAIR
Fayette County Attorney’s Office

JENNIFER TRUE - VICE CHAIR
Fayette County Attorney’s Office

STACY R. OWENS – SECRETARY
American Water

STEVE SCHNETTLER – TREASURER
Stephen D. Schnettler, PLLC

JOHN KIM
Saint Joseph Hospital/Kentucky OneHealth

KEVIN SUTPHIN
JPMorgan Chase Bank

CHRIS TOWNSEND
Fayette County Public Schools

MALCOLM RATCHFORD
Community Action Council

LINDA TAYLOR
LFUCG Division of Youth Services

ANGIE GREEN HAMPTON
Community Volunteer

MANDY ROBERTS
KY Association of Equine Practitioners

MARK ONISHI
4 Benefits

ELIZABETH REHM WACHTEL, PH.D.
Eastern Kentucky University

REV. KEITH TYLER
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

DAVID R. STARTSMAN
Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

HILDA RIVERA
Scholarship Recipient/BCTC Student

ERICA MITCHELL
County Attorney