Fishers’ Youth Mentoring Initiative Announces New Executive Director

Fishers, Ind. – Fishers-based Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI) announced Brittany Rayburn as its new Executive Director on Friday. Rayburn joins YMI following the departure of Alison Gatz, who served YMI for four years and led the organization through the expansion of services and long-term sustainability. The announcement was made during YMI’s spring fundraiser on Friday, May 21. Rayburn will officially start on July 12. 

“On behalf of the entire Board and staff, we are excited to welcome Brittany to the YMI team,” remarked YMI Board President Joe Eaton. “With her non-profit experience and passion for service, the more than two hundred mentees we serve each school year will ultimately benefit. We hope to continue to grow and expand our outreach and services to help every student within the HSE School District who needs a mentor, so they know there is always a  caring adult on their side.”

Rayburn, a Fishers resident, joins YMI with extensive experience in nonprofit work including fund development, relationship management, strategy, and staff leadership and development most recently with Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.  

“After serving this community for many years, I am looking forward to making sure YMI remains a critical resource for students in Hamilton Southeastern Schools, working with our generous donors and partners, and supporting the staff and mentors that impact lives every day,” said Rayburn. 

Rayburn has a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. She currently serves on the boards of Hamilton County Purdue Extension, Hamilton County Leadership Academy, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Indiana Chapter). 

Individuals interested in becoming a mentor for YMI may visit for more information. YMI is seeking male and diverse mentors for the 2021-2022 school year. 


About YMI

Youth Mentoring Initiative is a Fishers, Ind.-based nonprofit that serves the Hamilton Southeastern Schools community through school-based, specialized mentor programs for students that encourage the development of personal values. YMI provides mentoring for students by building and sustaining a mentoring community with the highest level of service, integrity, encouragement, and empathy. Learn more about becoming a mentor or recommending a prospective mentee at