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The division provides administrative support, technical assistance and training to local school-based Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC). The primary goal of these centers is to remove non-academic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success.

Each center offers a unique blend of programs and services determined by the needs of the population being served, available resources, location and other local characteristics.

FRYSCs have established a record of success based on improved student performance in class work, homework and peer relations as reported by teachers. Parents, too, report they experience greater satisfaction and involvement with the schools as a result of assistance through their local FRYSCs.

Mission Statement

To enhance students’ ability to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote:

  • Early learning and successful transition to school;
  • Academic achievement and well-being; and 
  • Graduation and transition into adult life.

FRYSC Vision

The Kentucky Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall establish the national standard of excellence in the provision of school-based family support.


Division Staff

Melissa Goins, Director
Mary Jennings, Assistant Director
Mysti White, Administrative Assistant
Tonya Cookendorfer, Data Administrator
Doug Holt, Budget and Contracts Administrator
Melissa Newton, Training Specialist
Katie Morris, Program Planner
Paula Devers, FRYSC AmeriCorps Program Director
Heather Musinski, FRYSC Corps AmeriCorps Program Director

Regional Program Managers

Teresa Dixon, Region 1
Heather McCarty, Region 2
Naela Imanyara, Region 3A
Andrea Pike-Goff, Region 3B
Betty Pennington, Region 4
Paul Cookendorfer, Region 5
Barbara Pettus,  Region 6
Doug Jones, Region 7
Teresa Combs, Region 8
Russell Jones,  Region 9
Lisa Gay, Region 10
Sherrie Baughn Martin, Region 11

Agency News

The Victory Over Violence Conference Planning Committee invite you to submit a presentation proposal for the 2020 VOV Conference being held at the Downtown Marriott in Louisville, KY July 15, 16, 17, 2020.  Conference attendees will include Family Resource Youth Service Center Coordinators, education and social service professionals.  Proposals must be received by March 20, 2020 to be considered for inclusion.   Priority will be given to proposals that provide strategies to address:

* Violence Prevention:  Specific areas of interest include bullying and cyber bulling;  self- injury; dating violence; suicide prevention; gender identity issues; latest drug trends; substance abuse education; personal and situational safety; gang violence; working with children of incarcerated relatives; and mentoring strategies.

* Social and Emotional Development:  The whole child approach to education; building resiliency in children/youth; the effects of divorce and coping strategies; grief counseling; trauma informed care; kinship care; communication skills; and the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

* Strengthening Families, Schools, and Communities:  Fatherhood initiative; Parent Cafes; strategies and activities for involving families in schools; understanding and addressing the needs of diverse communities; developing social responsibility; successful community/school partnerships; working with community based agencies; restorative justice practices in schools; and developing resources during a tough economy.

The planning committee looks for proposals that are unique and exciting,  with clear, measurable, and achievable learning objectives that inspires attendees to return to their community and implement what they learn.

Note: The planning committee reserves the right to edit session titles and descriptions.

General Information

* Concurrent workshop sessions are 75 minutes in duration.
* Seating is typically classroom or theater style, unless other arrangements are requested in advance and approved by the DFRYSC Training Specialist.
* Audio/visual requests made on the day of the conference cannot be honored.
* Conference sessions are professional development opportunities and may not incorporate sales presentations.
* Only lead presenters will be contacted.  Lead presenters are responsible for coordinating with any co-presenters.
* Because of the limited number of sessions to be offered and the need for a balanced program, we may suggest modifications to proposed workshops.

If you have any questions about the conference or submitting a proposal, please contact:

Melissa Newton, DFRYSC  Training Specialist
(502) 564-4986 Ext. 3843

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