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!

Angie Turbyfill, MSW
SJ EDU Program Coordinator

She is a wife, mother, horse lover, program manager, match coordinator, group facilitator who loves to laugh.  She graduated from Metro State University of Colorado with a Master’s in Social Work.  She enjoys staying busy and really enjoys working with both youth and mentors. Most of all, she truly finds joy in any amount of success our youth experience!

Kenneth Henderson
SJ EDU Program Coordinator


Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kenneth attended several schools in the inner city of Denver and Aurora. Growing up in the communities we tend to work in gives him a drive to help the youth we serve succeed. Kenneth graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor in Communications. Kenneth is a very personable and hard working person, who doesn’t steer away from a challenge. He is very great at working and connecting with youth as well as offering his help wherever we may need him.
Matthew Ricks
SJ EDU Program Coordinator
Matthew has worked for Friends for Youth for and been a partner of Friends for Youth for over 3 years. He has been a member of the Aurora Central and Montbello community for his entire life.   He feels lucky to work for FFY every day because he gets the chance to develop and watch the youth of this community grow up and become even greater. He has a huge heart for youth and love supporting them through the challenges of life.


 amber-borrego Amber Borrego

SJ EDU Program Coordinator

Amber was born and raised in Colorado and has been a part of the Aurora Public Schools group since kindergarten. She has been a student, employee and now a mentor and group facilitator to female students in the district. “Being able to mentor students in middle and high school is something that I have been dreaming about since I enroll in my first psychology class in college”. Amber is a wife and a mother to four wonderful children. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Christian Counseling and is currently working towards her Master’s in Human Services Counseling with an emphasis on children and family at Liberty University.

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