Elycia Cook
President and CEO

Year started at FRIENDS FIRST: 2008


Hometown: Detroit, MI


Hobbies/Pastimes: Taking pictures, girlfriend getaways, Facebook, cooking, dancing 

Favorite Quote:             

"People will not remember what you said, they may not remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel."

- Jason Brown Jr. to Maya Angelou, 1991


What brought you to FRIENDS FIRST?

After spending several years in sales in the private sector, I realized my true passion was advocating for young people, helping them find their voice and using that voice for change.


How has a mentor impacted your life? 

It was a mentor who encouraged me to leave the inner city of Detroit and study abroad in Japan. This opened my eyes to a whole new world and led me here to Colorado where I am living my dream.