Friends for Youth has a lot of friendly, knowledgeable staff around the office. Mentoring is what we do and we are here to help! Our staff can assist with any inquiries you have about the program, the kids, or mentoring in general.    While we stay pretty busy at the office – writing grants, answering phone calls, talking to mentors, creating matches, filing reports and developing the next monthly activity, we’re never too busy to talk with you or have you come down to our office to grab some coffee and talk mentoring. We are professionals who know how to take our work seriously, but also know how to lighten up and have fun.  When you join Friends for Youth, you join a family. Here are the people who make all of it happen:

Alana Sheffield
Program Manager
Alana Sheffield functions as Friends for Youth’s central command. She has a heart for helping kids. If you have a question about Friends for Youth, she would love to talk to you!
Liane Jones
Success Journey Program Coordinator
Liane is a Colorado native who graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Human Services and Counseling with a Concentration in High Risk Youth. With a passion for working with promising youth to make a positive impact in their lives, she hopes to connect mentors and mentees to create hopeful and healthy relationships. She loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the mountains, and cooking!
Jennifer Reitsema
Grant Service Coordinator
Colorado native married to another Colorado native for 22 years, she and her husband have 4 children.  Jennie has worked more than a decade mentoring and serving the youth of Colorado and beyond as a volunteer and leader.  She loves to see youth succeed when given the right tools and believes every child has a purpose.  Jennie and her family love to be outdoors, hiking, biking or paddle boarding any lake they can find.  Currently Jennie is finishing her education at ASU with a focus on Literacy, Learning, and Leadership.
Chamone Patrick Chamone Patrick is a Denver Native who takes pride in working with at risk youth. After she graduated from East High School, she moved to Missouri to attend Lincoln University. Chamone graduated with a B.S in Liberal studies with an emphasis in Education and History. Chamone began her career in the Missouri Division of Youth Services and in 2016 became employed by Rite of Passage. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, volunteering and trying new things.

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