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Stories of Triumph
Pals Mentors
Parenting Tip
YouthZone News
From Our Youth
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Nurturing Parent Class

A workshop presented by Garfield County Health & Human Services to help you and your family learn about the philosophy and practices of nurturing parenting. 


Class is 15 weeks and takes place in Rifle.


Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 21
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Class is free!  Meals and childcare provided.  Please email Kappe Stutsman for more details or to register.

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Funding Update
To date, $3,000 has been contributed to the

Dale Snearly

Youth Fund!


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our year-end appeal.  You helped us raise nearly $45,000!


Missed out on the annual appeal?  You can still support YouthZone!




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January 2015
Stories of Triumph
YouthZone Pals Averie and Mary!



In honor of January being National Mentoring Month, this month's Stories of Triumph focuses on our successful Pals Mentoring program! 


Thank you to all of our fabulous Pals Mentors!



At a recent match graduation, the parent and junior pal report that the junior pal now has a lot of friends his own age due to the confidence he developed by having an Adult Pals Mentor.  While being a loner and feeling like an outcast before he was matched, this young boy now has several friends in his neighborhood and at school.  He and his mom both report that he feels much better about himself!


Sally and Mabel have been matched for one year and have chosen to continue their match for a few more months because they both enjoy their time together.  Sally says that their most fun activity together is ice skating, which she says she is not good at but her junior pal is.  She says her junior pal is teaching her how to ice skate and she is enjoying learning. 


Victoria and Monica have only been matched for a few months, but the seventh grade junior pal had mentioned that she is interested in design, so her Teen Pals Mentor took her to a college fair that she was attending for herself.  Her junior pal took the opportunity to talk to some of the college representatives about options at their schools to study design.   Two forward thinkers encouraging one another!

2014-Current Pals Mentors

During National Mentoring Month, we'd like to give 
a big thank you to all of our Pals Mentors!

Teen Mentors:
Estefania Galaviz-Aguilar
Areli Ramirez-Avila
Lindsey Busk
Teresa Busk
Leah Crawford
Tess Ebert
Sara Fleming
Kylie Fleming
Valarie Flores
Ryan Foote
Lillie Harden
Betzi Hernandez
Shay Helm
Natasha Jordan
Eve McRaith
Elise Metzger
Emily Myler
Ashley Oddo
Natalie Olivas
Courtney Olson
Maija Petterson
Ryan Pope
Gabe Quintana
Maggie Rosen
Susi Ruiz
Brooke Shackelford
Monica Schwaller
Teen Mentors (cont.)
Laura Strong
Lauren Thulson
Julyanna Ulloa
Kendall Vanderhoff
Zachary Wisniewski
Brittanee Young
Yuni Carreon-Zarate

Adult Mentors:
Paula Busk
Hunter Causey
Merle Detweiler
Sarah Peuschold Erickson
Luz Galaviz
Cecilia Hope
Bobby Layman
Connie Minter
Jessica Needham
Maureen O'Brien
Ray Ostrom
Marci Patillo
Patty Ringer
Maggie Rinker
Mary Rippy
Doug Saxton
Sarah Tornare


Share your life ... Become a Pals Mentor!  Click here for details!  

And to review the latest Pals Mentor Evaluation, click here!

Parenting Tip

Show your teen you care about their schoolwork by being at parent/teacher conferences and asking them about their school projects and which classes they enjoy the most!  Encourage more and criticize less at home and about school. 

YouthZone News

YouthZone Launches Service Saturdays

Service Saturdays are an opportunity for kids who are currently on probation (and are facing detention time for a probation violation) to spend their time in a productive way versus sitting in weekend detention.

"Instead of kids spending their time in the detention center, we're finding various non-profit organizations throughout the valley that welcome the extra help on the weekends," said Cameron Daniel, YouthZone Court Case Manager. "This program provides our kids with the chance to be part of something meaningful in their community. Kids who feel involved tend to feel better about themselves, which, in turn, helps them to make better choices in the future."

A recent project included helping the Salvation Army with their coat drive. Area non-profits who would like to learn more about Service Saturdays are invited to contact Cameron directly at [email protected]

YouthZone Featured on KDNK

Participating with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment program at KDNK, YouthZone's Executive Director, Lori Mueller, was recently interviewed, along with Dr. Jonathan Birnkrant, about the effects of marijuana on youth, as well as on the Valley as a whole.  To hear the interview in its entirety, click here.

Youths In Trouble - What Happens Next?

In December, Lori Mueller wrote an article for the Post Independent explaining the services provided by YouthZone when local kids find themselves in a bit of trouble.

From Our Youth ...


"They (YouthZone) are very helpful and really glad I got to work with this program and really hope YouthZone can help more troubled youth in this community as they've helped me."

Lori Mueller, Executive Director
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