Hi! My name is Risa Mondragon, I am a program coordinator for FRIENDS FIRST serving
the Pueblo community. It is a joy and privilege to share my heart with you. The truth is, when I think about my life
as an adolescent and my story, there are some painful memories that surface. I grew up in
a neighborhood that is classified as a high-risk neighborhood. I myself was constantly labeled
as a high-risk student. I grew up in a single parent household with my mom and 3 siblings.
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