HELP & HOPE FOR YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE & STAFF

Lori Malangone, M.Ed.

CEO, Arizona Youth Partnership

Lori Malangone is the CEO of Arizona Youth Partnership and has served as the CEO since 2013. AZYP is a statewide prevention organization that specializes in serving rural communities serving over 10,000 youth and families across 13 counties that builds solid foundations for youth and families by partnering with Arizona communities to prevent and solve local issues such as substance abuse, youth homelessness, lack of educational opportunities, teen pregnancy, and challenging family dynamics. She began at AZYP in 2005 and much of her career has been focused on teen pregnancy prevention.

She has 15 years of experience in organizational and program management. Her experience includes overseeing and writing for local, state and federal grants and also includes startups including a charter school, and three shelter facilities for homeless youth. In 2018, Lori successfully lead Arizona Youth Partnership through an integration of a long-standing 18 year old organization, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, to expand and scale services to pregnant and parenting youth. In 2020, Lori lead Arizona Youth Partnership to transfer Help and Hope for YOUth, an initiative to expand youth mental health awareness so that more young people will seek help when they begin experiencing symptoms. The initiative transferred from the National Alliance of Mental Illness Southern Arizona to AZYP with the goal of expanding statewide.

Lori is a Tucson native and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona and her Master’s Degree in Education through Northern Arizona University.

Cindy Godwin, Consultant

Godwin Marketing Consulting

Following ownership in two Tucson marketing, advertising and public relations businesses, Ms. Godwin played a key role in starting up both for-profit and nonprofit mission-based organizations, including StrengthBuilding Partners, a nonprofit training and coaching organization that works primarily in schools, and Mrs. Green’s World, a multi-media educational resource on environmental sustainability and social justice. For the past two years Ms. Godwin has consulted with NAMI SA, first on creating a marketing plan for the organization, followed by taking a leadership role in the development of the Stigma Reduction and Improved Mental Health for Youth Initiative. She is the mother of a woman with both mental and physical illnesses, and brings her understanding of the challenges family members face in helping their children. As a volunteer Board member, Ms. Godwin chaired the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Community Investment Team in 2008 when it funded three collaborative groups, each working to create systemic change, in what became the first use of the Collective Impact model of social change in Southern Arizona. Currently she is a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson and a fellow in the Public Voices Fellowship sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.

Arcelia Cornidez, MBA

Project Director

Arcelia (Arcy) Cornidez, MBA, has over 11 years of experience in social services, having worked in case management, intensive home visitation, and respite care. She also has over 17 years experience in education, including out-of-school time and during school time settings, and has worked with children, youth and young adults. She has provided training and guidance to community partners on youth friendly referral systems and has presented nationally on engaging youth in foster care and transforming curriculum. Her goal is to help educate and empower children, youth and young adults so that they may live a fulfilling life. Arcy believes that because the youth are our future, it is our responsibility to encourage them to use their voice and recognize the value of impact they can have on the future.

Paola D'Gyves

Project Assistant

Paola D’Gyves was born and raised on the US/Mexico Border. She came to Tucson to study design at The University of Arizona, and graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design.

“Growing up between, and adapting to, two different countries has given me a unique perspective on life, and I want to use my voice and experiences as a member of the Latinx community to show, through my art, other people like me a sense of belonging. I believe in the importance of creating a safe space where people feel comfortable talking about their mental health without fear of being judged, misunderstood, or ignored.”

Anthony Cicchino

Steering Committee Member & Youth Task Force Leader

Anthony Cicchino is an educational leader with lived experience with mental illness, living in Tucson, Arizona. He has been the Youth Task Force Leader for the Help and Hope for YOUth youth task force since late 2019, and enjoys being able to brainstorm with powerful and vulnerable youth and their important voices. His  volunteering with local organizations such as Tu Nidito and Help and Hope for YOUth, as well as reading and writing, enable him to give back to his community and the world around him in a passionate, genuine, and energetic way.  

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