About Us

Welcome to Partners for Youth where we work to empower the community to support our most vulnerable and valuable youth in Lexington.  Our mission is “to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency through collaboration and capacity building.” We live out this mission in a variety of ways.

Whether it’s providing grant support through our Grassroots Allocation Program, distributing educational scholarships and empowerment through our Toyota Scholarship and Neighborhood  Youth Council Programs, or building community collaborations that bring together community partners to support youth in meaningful ways, we are dedicated to improving the lives of our young people.   It’s through these efforts and more that we build relationships and make a difference.


Briana Persley

Briana Persley became the Executive Director of Partners for Youth in November 2017.  She previously worked as a Crime Victims’ Advocate at the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for 15 years and served as the office’s Experienced Based Career Education Site Coordinator (EBCE) for six years.  Teaching and mentoring children and youth has always been her passion, so she became involved with Partners for Youth in 2003 and served on the board until October 2017.  Briana is excited to support the mission of Partners for Youth: “to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency through collaboration and capacity building” by combining her knowledge of community organizations and resources with her experience in the criminal justice system to help give youth the tools they need to be successful now, and in the future. You can contact Briana, at (859) 280-8003 or at bpersley@lexingtonky.gov.

Angie Green Hampton


Angie Green Hampton

After 30 years of dedicated service to LFUCG’s Park & Recreation, Angie Green Hampton comes to us with a diverse background.  At Parks & Rec, she served in a variety of capacities including Recreation Manager over Community Centers for 13 years prior to her retirement in 2013.  Angie, our Community Partners Director, supports Lexington’s children and youth by establishing meaningful & sustainable partnerships between the city government and community.  She is also heading up our “I DO” Youth Program List so be sure to send her information on spring break opportunities you’d like included in our spring break edition.  During her free time, Angie enjoys Zumba at Williams Wells Brown Community Center, playing pool, walking her dog at Douglas Park and spending time with her family. You can contact Angie, at (859) 280-8004 or at ahampton@lexingtonky.gov.


Larry Johnson

Larry is the Program Specialist who leads the Gainesway Community Partners table.

He also oversees the City Mentors Program and various other community collaborative efforts.

You can contact Larry at (859) 280-8005 or at ljohnson@lexingtonky.gov.


Kala Brown

Hi there! My name is Kala Brown and I am so excited to join Partners for Youth as the new Youth Program Coordinator.

I grew up in Lexington and have a passion for serving my community. In 2018, I graduated from the University of Louisville with degrees in Sociology and Pan-African studies. While at UofL, I served as the president of the student chapter of the NAACP and participated in several social justice-based scholarship programs. I also collaborated on a few research initiatives focused on minority youth and their experiences with racially disparate disciplinary practices within urban schools, and this was ultimately the topic for my senior honors thesis. My time in college helped fortify my knowledge of social justice, as well as my passion for change rooted in equality. I believe that youth mentorship/empowerment is one (very important) way that we can help create positive change and foster a stronger community.

I have spent the last three years working as a Specialist with Apple, and serving the community through technology awareness. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with friends & family, listening to and making music, being out in nature, and creating art! I am delighted to start this new chapter in my career path, and am looking forward to sharing my experiences to learn with and from all of the wonderful youth that are a part of this program.

You can reach Kala at (859) 280-8006 or at kbrown3@lexingtonky.gov.

Pledge to help the youth in your community!