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 families and children”.

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

AmeriCorps

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

Accu-Detox

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

Emergency Shelter

My Friends Place Emergency Youth Shelter

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

Directors

Aguilar, Richard
raguilar@fyinm.org
Director of Accounting
Boudreau, Renee
rboudreau@fyinm.org
Director of Development
Fierro, Annabelle
afierro@fyinm.org
Director of Programs/Grants Administrator
Lopez, Monique
mleyba@fyinm.org
Director of Programs
Martinez, Jolene, LCSW
jmartinez@fyinm.org
Clinical Director

Supervisors

Aguilar, Alicia
aaguilar@fyinm.org
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
Bustos, Sandy
sbustos@fyinm.org
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Chavez, Lisa
lchavez@fyinm.org
Home Based Services (IHS, FNES, TLR)
Fuchs, Nicole
nfuchs@fyinm.org
El Crucero Permanent Supportive Housing Program
Lozoya, Lorena
llozoya@fyinm.org
At-Risk Meal and Summer Food Service Program Coordinator
Medina, Deserey
dmedina@fyinm.org
Access and Visitation
Miranda, Glynis
gmiranda@fyinm.org
Americorps
Molina, Julie
jmolina@fyinm.org
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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Home Study Services
Families and Youth. Inc. is hiring a Home Study Services Contractor

Summary of Duties: Provide home study services to ensure the safety and placement of children in an appropriate home that are good matches for both child and families. The objective is to ensure resource families are in compliance with applicable regulations for placement of children. Educate families about adoption and provide the information to make the best decisions for children and families.

Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, Counseling Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Family Services or related degree approved by CYFD, from an accredited college/university and two (2) years of any combination of experience including working with communities on health or social service related matters, social work/case management experience, behavioral health and/or health care; OR A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited college/university and licensure by the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners at the LBSW, LMSW or LISW level or licensure in another state and qualified to sit for the next testing session, can be substituted for the two (2) years of experience.
  • Subcontractor must attend and complete one series of NM RAFT Pre-Service Training within 30 days of hire date. This training is a prerequisite for providing home studies

Please submit Letter of interest and Resume to Angie Bustos, Human Resources Manager at abustos@fyinm.org

Position open until filled.

Direct Care Staff
Families and Youth. Inc. My Friend’s Place – Youth Emergency Shelter is hiring part-time Direct Care Staff. Non-traditional hours.

Shifts Available include:
  • Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm – 9:00am (16 hours)
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9:00pm – 5:00am (16 hours)
  • Sunday from 1:00pm – 9:00am (8 hours)
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1:00pm – 9:00pm (24 hours)

Summary of Duties: To provide direct supervision, mentoring, and life skills interventions to residents based upon the goals outlines in individual client treatment plans and following CYFD Certification Requirements including but not limited to: basic skills building, processing clinical issues, developing a positive rapport, redirecting and providing appropriate and logical consequences. The Direct Care Staff will also be expected to provide crisis intervention, clients support, case management, and maintaining the clinical file.

Qualifications: A high school diploma or G.E.D and one of the following: two years of experience working with clients and adolescents with severe psychological/ emotional disturbances/neurobiological disorders; or two years of post-secondary education in a human service related field. Must be able to pass a CYFD Background Check.

Please submit Letter of interest and Resume to Angie Bustos, Human Resources Manager at abustos@fyinm.org Position open until filled.

Position open until filled.

Summer Camp Specialist
Summary of Duties: Responsible for providing direction and supervision of children in Enterprise City Summer Program (a mock city run by the children and supervised by members/staff). Serve as a team member to plan and develop jobs/activities for participants (ages 7-13) in assigned job/department; supervise children to ensure safety and fun while directing them to follow program rules and guidelines; engage youth through modeling and mentoring; teach job skills in various, themed departments: restaurant, retail, bank, media, public safety, theater, and woodshop. Experience in wood-working/construction, mass-media, theater, etc. helpful.

Qualifications: Previous experience working with children preferred but not necessary, team-player, work well with others, flexible, responsible, and dependable. Must be able to pass FBI/State background checks.
Benefits: Living stipend, Segal Education award upon completion of service
Supervisor: Glynis Miranda, Program Supervisor, (575) 556-1555 or 556-1620;

Letter of interest and resume should be sent to AmeriCorps Program Supervisor, Glynis Miranda at at americorps@fyinm.org

AmeriCorps Minimum-time Slot, Full-time member

7:30am-5:30pm, M-Th, 38 hours per week

Juvenile Community Corrections Case Specialist
Families and Youth, Inc. Juvenile Community Corrections Program is hiring a Full-time Case Specialist in the Las Cruces area.

Summary of Duties: Focus areas of service include life skill development, tutoring, career and educational development, restorative justice, boy’s council, girls circle, case management, transition services, and family support services. FYI’s JCC program meets the following goals: Divert adjudicated youth from incarceration. Assist incarcerated youth transitioning back into the community. Provide services and interventions for clients including community service opportunities and/or facilitating reasonable restitution to society and victims. Provide individualized services to the client and family that results in improvement in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or Social Services related field, or four (4) years’ experience working with at risk youth. Knowledge in the Juvenile Justice System is preferred. Must be able to pass a CYFD Background Check

Please submit Letter of interest and Resume to Angie Bustos, Human Resources Manager at abustos@fyinm.org

Position open until filled.

Meals Program Supervisor
Families and Youth. Inc. is hiring a full-time Meals Program Supervisor for the At-Risk Afterschool Meals and the Summer Food Service Program component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Summary of Duties: The Meals Program Supervisor will use both the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program and the Summer Food Service Program to increase access to year-round feeding for low-income children by effectively using multiple federal nutrition programs to create a hunger free community. Responsibilities include, working with the Las Cruces Hunger Task Force, strategically selecting feeding sites, monitoring sites, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies, conducting required site monitoring visits and training, submitting required reimbursement materials, monitoring of program budgets, and communicating program difficulties, accomplishments, and challenges.

Qualifications:
  • Combination of education and work experience that supports the required responsibilities; experience of managing/coordinating projects preferred
  • Must pass a CYFD Criminal Records Check
  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver’s license, and clean driving record
  • Successful candidate should have experience in working with children and/or food distribution program
  • An excellent communicator, both written and verbal, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands, and is able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events without losing sight of objectives or completing tasks
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion as a rule
  • Bilingual preferred


Please submit Letter of interest and Resume to Angie Bustos, Human Resources Manager at abustos@fyinm.org

Position open until filled.

Home Based Programs Supervisor
Families and Youth. Inc. is hiring a full-time Home Based Programs Supervisor

Summary of Duties: These programs promote the safety, stability and well-being of children and their families. Using a tiered case management approach, the programs will provide ongoing home visits to families, coordinate with specialized service providers in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, education, employment, provide parent education, and assess the ongoing safety of children in the home. This position will supervise staff with a home based location of Dona Ana County, but have employees who work throughout the region. Applicant must be able to travel 2-4 times monthly to surrounding areas of Sierra County, Otero County, and LunaCounty.

Qualifications: Application preference to a LMSW or LISW who has potential to advance within the agency. Or, a Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (MSW preferred) from an accredited college/university and five (5) years of any combination of experience including working with communities on health or social service related matters, social work/case management experience, behavioral health and/or health care and licensure by the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners at the LBSW, LMSW, or LISW level or licensure in another state and qualified to sit for the next testing session. OR, A Bachelor's Degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Family Services or a related degree approved by CYFD from an accredited college/university and eight (8) years of any combination of experience including working with communities on health or social service related matters, social work/case management experience, behavioral health and/or health care with CYFD approval.

Please submit Letter of interest and Resume to Angie Bustos, Human Resources Manager at abustos@fyinm.org

Position open until filled.

Contact Info

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