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Providing public health services to the residents, employees and visitors to Pitkin County.

Garfield County
Human Services
Assisting and promoting the safety, well being and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in Garfield County.


Funding Update
A huge thank you to the Aspen Thrift Shop for their recent contribution of $5,000!



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March 2015
Stories of Triumph


Each and every young person that comes through the doors of YouthZone is unique and special.  Five years ago, a young boy named Billy, at the urging of a school counselor, came to YouthZone in search of a mentor.  Billy knew he needed someone to help guide him through some difficult times, and he was persistent in making sure he was matched with a mentor through the Pals program.  For the past five years, Billy has not only worked with fabulous mentors, but he has shown tremendous perseverance during difficult times, often speaking up for himself when others were silent. (read more ...)

Parenting Tip

Yesterday was St. Patrick's day ... a day of celebration, parties and all around good cheer.  You may have worn green and went to a party or two to celebrate. St. Patrick's day is fun, but what kind of message are teenagers receiving on a holiday that is traditionally steeped in green beer?  As adults, we certainly have the right to partake in festivities that involve social drinking, but are you wondering how you should talk to your kids about alcohol? (read more ...)

Upcoming Events

YouthZone is now collaborating with the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) in their Teen Voices program. Teen Voices are young people trained and enabled to express their perspective through art and is now opening for the first time to clients of the YouthZone. Participants will have the chance to learn from AAM exhibitions, build leadership and communication skills, and lead guided tours for the public, beginning with our spring group exhibition on second chances. Teen Voices fulfill an integral role in bridging the transformative power of art with individuals exploring personal or collective growth. Over the course of the five-month program, students will be trained to lead regular public tours by studying contemporary art, interpretive strategies, and communication skills.

Staff News
All of us at YouthZone are wishing Pam Szedelyi well as she leaves her role with the YouthZone Foundation.  Pam has dedicated a great deal of time and passion to the Foundation, and we appreciate her contribution!

YouthZone Court Case Manager Cameron Daniel is currently working towards his Certified Addiction Counseling License.  Cameron is in the process of having his CAC I application approved by the state and has completed the CAC II coursework.  He is also working steadily towards gaining the 2,000 hours of supervision required to obtain his CAC II.  After certification, Cameron will be able to provide YouthZone clients with the support they need surrounding addiction issues. 

Lori Mueller, Executive Director
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