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:

Stephanie Bennett, Ph.D.- CHAIR                                                            
UK Kinesiology and Health Promotion Dept.

Elizabeth Rehm Wachtel, Ph.D.-VICE CHAIR
Community Volunteer

Kevin Sutphin –PAST CHAIR
JP Chase Morgan Bank

Steve Schnettler – TREASURER
Stephen D. Schnettler, PLLC

Angie Maldonado – SECRETARY
Office of the Friend of the Court

Matthew Crutcher
LFUCG-Division of Youth Services

Rev. Keith Tyler 
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

Dale Morgan 
Community Volunteer

Alex Garcia
Assistant Fayette Commonwealth Attorney

Deputy Barry Lindsay 
Office of the Fayette County Sheriff

David Startsman
Community Volunteer

Kimberly Burriss
Beaumont Middle School

Jessica Coffie
Community Action Council

Mark Onishi
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Lt. Matt Brotherton 
Lexington Police Department

Andrew Stith
Community Volunteer

Heather Matics
Assistant Fayette County Attorney

Chief Martin Schafer
Fayette County Public Schools Police Department