A Q & A session with FRIENDS FIRST Lead Program Coordinator, Mary Edet. What is your fondest memory from your FRIENDS FIRST/STARS experience?
I have been involved with the STARS Mentoring Program and FRIENDS FIRST since my freshman year of high school in 1998. With over 20 years of experience with this organization, I have many fond memories. The reason I joined STARS and have continued my involvement over the years is because of the relationships that I have formed. I have
Meet Haley Pachelo, STARS Mentoring Program Alumna. This is the story of her journey through the STARS Mentoring Program and how it helped her find herself, dream big and become involved in the community. "Being a mentor/having a mentor has ignited a passion for me to serve others, get involved in philanthropic work, and build meaningful/healthy relationships. My mentor is one of the most influential people I know today and someone I still idolize as a role model. I will neve
FRIENDS FIRST’s annual leadership & mentoring conference hits ‘Platinum’ milestone Denver, CO (June 6, 2017) – This year marks the 20th anniversary of FRIENDS FIRST’s annual teen leadership and mentoring event, the STARS National Conference (SNC20). The conference is set for June 14-17 at Regis University, and is expected to again bring together more than 300 teens from across Colorado and the U.S. FRIENDS FIRST’s teen educational and mentoring programs culminate each year at
Support mentoring by contacting your local representative today! At FRIENDS FIRST, so much of what we do depends on federal funding. This month, the White House released a budget proposal to Congress that recommends significant cuts to federal domestic programs. These decisions will greatly impact our work educating and mentoring teens in Colorado and across the U.S. As the House and Senate Appropriations committees work to form budgets for Fiscal Year 18, Congress will dec
We're thrilled to announce the release of our 2015-16 annual report. Over the past 18 months FRIENDS FIRST has accomplished so much. While we are heavily grant funded, we continue to set goals and reach them, quickly becoming a leader in the world of peer-to-peer mentoring. I believe that here at FRIENDS FIRST we have a knack for writing grants, but we have plans in the next three years to become more balanced in our financial structure. And with the licensing of our STARS pr