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Meet Ken Allen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ken Allen.

Hi Ken, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
After a stint in politics, I moved to Colorado with my wife, Cari to work at Youth for Christ, an organization that’s been around for over 75 years.  I have been in full-time youth ministry since 1993. I have loved working with teenagers. I find their authenticity is refreshing and it is fun to come alongside them and encourage them. Coaching and mentoring is part of my story. Our ministry focuses on relationships and going where teenagers are in our community. A middle/high school, a juvenile detention center a city neighborhood.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
With any non-profit, resources, fundraising and people are always moving pieces that can be challenging, but also an opportunity for growth and learning. When there are policies and decisions made that negatively impact youth, I have found that what remains effective in spite of constantly changing external factors are the relationships we have with the youth we serve. For example, youth were hardest hit during the pandemic and experience loneliness and anxiety like never before. But what kept them (and us) going was being able to connect with their Youth for Christ leader who reached out to them and gave them hope during the pandemic.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I serve as Executive Director of Denver Area Youth for Christ. We have 25 staff in our community. I am proud of the work that we do with teenagers. We are one of many organizations that work with youth in Denver. We are one of the only ones that serve in tough places in our city – like detention facilities.  We see kids that are struggling and need help and walk alongside them. It is an honor to serve alongside committed staff and over 100 ministry leaders to love kids in Jesus’ name.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I am happy to lead in circumstances, but I also love to follow what others are doing. It is a unique ability to not have to be the only one doing something. I love being a part of a team.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.yfcdenver.org
  • Instagram: yfcdenver
  • Facebook: Denver Area Youth for Christ
  • Twitter: denverareayfc
  • Youtube: denverareayfc

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