Andy Matott
OJJDP Grant and Partners Manager

Year started at FRIENDS FIRST: 2013


Hometown: Denver, CO


Hobbies/Pastimes: Biking, reading, playing games, taking walks, and spending time with my grandchildren.

Favorite Quote:            

"Count life not by the number of breaths you take but the number of moments that take your breath away."


What brought you to FRIENDS FIRST?

Our executive director, Elycia, came to the school where I was teaching and asked about us having FRIENDS FIRST programs there. Several years later, when I was looking for a career change that would still allow me to work on behalf of teens, but not in a classroom setting, I saw a job posting at FRIENDS FIRST and called Elycia. Her excitement and encouragement convinced me to apply and the rest is history. I love my job and the mission of FRIENDS FIRST.


How has a mentor impacted your life? 

By believing in me and encouraging me at a crucial time when I didn’t believe in myself. She recommended Sheryl Sandburg’s book “Lean In” and it was exactly what I needed at that time.