To promote a safer and healthier community by focusing on families and children

Families and Youth, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at FYI will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. FYI does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Our History

Families and Youth, Inc., (FYI) began as Children in Need of Services (CHINS) in April 1977 as a pilot project. CHINS became incorporated and designated as a nonprofit 501c3 in 1979. The agency was later renamed Families & Youth, Inc. in 1987 to reflect the agency’s expansion of services to the community.

FYI has become a trusted change agency in the community and a dynamic, vital, and integral component in providing youth and their families with rich opportunities to discover and follow more positive alternative paths in making their decisions and choices in life.

FYI continuously interacts with the community and values the feedback it receives to successfully develop and implement prevention, intervention, treatment, and advocacy service models that address the most complex and ever evolving community needs.

FYI also conducts ongoing evaluation, assessment, and quality improvement processes to ensure services and programs offered by FYI continue to be effective, efficient, and impactful; leading to the continued fulfillment of FYI’s Mission “To promote a safer and healthier community by focusing on children and families”.

Families and Youth, Inc., headquarters is located at 1320 S. Solano in Las Cruces New Mexico and has several satellite offices in Sunland Park, Anthony, Deming, Hatch, T or C, and Socorro, New Mexico.

Our Services and Programs

Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation


Child & Adult Care Food Program

Children's Advocacy Center

El Crucero Permanent Supportive Housing

Family Support Service

Juvenile Assessment & Reporting Center (JARC)

Juvenile Community Corrections

Summer Food Service Program

Time Limited Reunification

In Home Services

Prevention Services


HIV/Hepatitis C Testing

NARCAN Distribution and Overdose Prevention

Needle Exchange

Next Rainbow Generation

GLBTQ Youth Group

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

For Teens, MSM, and Parents

AURA-Alcohol Use Reduction and Awareness Program

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer - Brian Kavanaugh, MPA

I first discovered my passion for working with youth during my senior service learning project at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. The service project focused on mentoring and tutoring children in the inner city of Detroit. I quickly became struck by the disconnect between these young children and the availability of any kind of positive external support. I witnessed and worked with young children wrapped in social disorganization and community dysfunction. Any opportunity for positive change – or, to move beyond the influences of their immediate surroundings – was rare and disturbingly absent. Looking back, I have come to see my senior service project as influential in organizing my life and passion around developing “opportunities for change and growth” for young people.

Later, I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an academic emphasis in Juvenile Justice. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Las Cruces to more fully embrace my own “opportunity for change and growth” as a case manager in a Transitional Living Program for youth at Families & Youth, Inc. (FYI). I fully embraced the core values of FYI, organized my efforts around advancing FYI’s mission “to promote a safer and healthier community by focusing on families and children,” and worked to strengthen and expand our community based programs. During the next 11 years at the agency, I occupied myself in a range of different programs and in a variety of different roles.

In March of 2015, FYI unexpectedly lost its founder and leader of over 35 years, Jose Frietze. Jose was a dedicated champion to helping families and children in need; he was my supervisor, colleague, and mentor. I was honored and privileged when asked to serve as his successor and lead the agency as Chief Executive Officer.

In May of 2016, I received my Master’s degree in Public Administration from NMSU and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the International Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. My FYI history, education, and experience has provided me with a rich and unique opportunity to learn about the mission and purpose of FYI from the bottom-up, inside out, and outside in. I remain passionately dedicated and committed to FYI’s mission, staff, and purpose in working with the community, families, and youth.

My vision and plan is to continue making FYI a dynamic, vital, and integral component in providing youth and their families with rich opportunities to discover and follow more positive alternative paths in making their decisions and choices in life.

Executive Management

Kavanaugh, Brian Chief Executive Officer


Lopez, Monique
Director of Programs
Martinez, Jolene, LCSW
Clinical Director
Fierro, Annabelle
Program Development & Grant Administrator


Aguilar, Alicia
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
Bustos, Sandy
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Chavez, Lisa
Home Based Services (IHS, FNES, TLR)
Fuchs, Nicole
El Crucero Permanent Supportive Housing Program
Lozoya, Lorena
At-Risk Meal and Summer Food Service Program Coordinator
Medina, Deserey
Access and Visitation
Miranda, Glynis
Molina, Julie
Juvenile Assessment & Reporting Center (JARC)

Board of Directors

Wootton, Karen E. FYI Board Chair
Myers, Barbara Y. FYI Board Vice-Chair
Duran-Nickerson, Sylvia E. FYI Board of Directors - Member
De La Rosa, Dr. Ivan FYI Board of Directors - Member
Martinez, J. Joe FYI Board of Directors - Member

Employment Opportunities

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Contact Info

Main Office
1320 S Solano Drive
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
P: (575) 522-4004