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In This Issue
Stories of Triumph
Colorado Gives Day
Angelo the Angler
Staff News

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Funding Update
The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation



Rosenberg Blaustein Foundation



Deardroff Foundation



Oxy Petroleum


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November 2014
As we enter this thankful season, 
we have a lot to be grateful for!

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Stories of Triumph


For many kids, substance abuse and addiction at an early age is just part of a much bigger picture.  For one young person, James*, understanding his family's history with mental health issues is the key to his future success in staying clean and living up to his fullest potential.


At the young age of 11, James found himself in the municipal court system for a theft charge.  He was also one of the highest risk youth that YouthZone has encountered, due to his drug use and problems in his home life, which included him being in and out of the home.  At 12 years old, James found himself in more trouble and began working with Jennifer Keener, Youth Advocate, at YouthZone through the Senate Bill 94 program, which is a grant initiative funded by the State of Colorado. This program provides alternatives to detention for youth, ages 10 to 17, who are involved in the juvenile justice system. (to continue reading, click here ...)

Help Us Get Our Share of the Colorado Gives Day $1 Million Incentive Fund! 
For the fifth consecutive year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day and are providing an incentive fund of $1 million. 

By making an online donation to YouthZone on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, YouthZone will receive a portion of this fund based on donations received, which will increase the value of your donation!

We also have an anonymous donor who will match dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000, for donations received on Colorado Gives Day. So mark your calendars for December 9 to donate here!
Nice Catch!

Angelo, pictured here, is becoming quite the angler thanks to time spent with his Pals mentor, Hunter Causey.

Our Pals Mentoring program offers kids and adults both an opportunity to create lasting friendships. Interested in becoming a Pals mentor?  Click here for details! 
Staff News

YouthZone staff continues to stay on top of the latest developments in youth advocacy through ongoing training and development.  Here are some of the recent training programs our staff members have attended:

Love and Logic Parenting

COVA - Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

Restorative Justice as Related to Crime Victim Issues

Technology and Crimes against children

Youth Resiliency

Developing a Community Response to Truancy

Marijuana in Colorado: What is really going on?

Treating the iGeneration

Lori Mueller, Executive Director
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