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Do's & Don'ts of Helping Teens with Depression

Hank Bosco Day!
Lori Mueller and John Bosco
On Friday, April 17 - The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and the City of Glenwood Springs celebrated "Hank Bosco Day."  As part of honoring Mr. Bosco, the Hot Springs Pool donated $6,000 to YouthZone, a longtime favorite charity of Mr. Bosco.

Thank you!
The Embrey Family Foundation for their recent contribution of $30,000 to the Pals Plus program.

Welcome New Board Members!
Alicia Crandell
Loan Administrator
Alpine Bank

Tim Braun
Marketing Consultant
B2, Inc.

Lindsay Busk
GSHS Student

Tim Kelly
Vice President
First Bank

Martha Robinson
Retired Professional

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May 2015
Stories of Triumph: Elizabeth


Essential to the success of any young person is a solid education.  Unfortunately, some youth are at risk of losing access to an education that will provide them with the knowledge and self-esteem needed to excel.  Recently, YouthZone worked with a young person, Elizabeth*, who was close to expulsion and at risk of losing her chance to attend high school. (read more...)

Annual Awards Banquet

YouthZone recently recognized a number of volunteers, supporters and partners at their annual recognition reception, held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Thursday, April 23.


"There are so many wonderful people who support YouthZone thro ughout the year that it's difficult to choose our annual award recipients, because each and every one of our volunteers, partners and donors are integral to the success of our organization," said Lori Mueller, YouthZone Executive Director.  "However, our honorees this year really stand out as having gone above and beyond for YouthZone and our kids."


For a complete list of this year's award recipients, click here.

Locals' Choice - Vote for YouthZone!

There is still time to vote for YouthZone as your favorite local, non-profit!  But don't delay, as voting ends Friday, May 29!  Click here to vote!
Break the Bank!

The Bank of Colorado is getting ready to knock down their old building to make way for construction of their new facility, and they're looking for folks who would like to take a whack at the building!  The top three bidders will get a chance to hop in the driver's seat of heavy machinery and help demolish the building!  Proceeds will be matched by the Bank of Colorado and the construction firm, DM Neuman (up to $3,000) and then donated to the bidder's favorite charity!  Click here for details!
Parenting Tip

Did you know that YouthZone offers parenting classes?  On the second Wednesday of the month, YouthZone offers Parenting Teens Through Crisis and on the third Wednesday of the month, the Parenting Series class is offered.  Parenting Teens through crisis offers parents of youth in the juvenile justice system an opportunity to discuss their challenges and ask questions in a safe, confidential environment.  The Parenting Series class addresses topics such as drug and alcohol use, depression/mental health, and managing behavioral issues.  Classes are held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the YouthZone office in Glenwood Springs.  While the classes are free, RSVPs are required by calling 970.945.9300.  For more details and complete schedule, click here.


Upcoming Classes:

Parenting Series - Wednesday, May 20

Parenting Teens Through Crisis - Wednesday, June 10

Upcoming Events

Drug and Alcohol Education classes:

Rifle - June 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Glenwood Springs - July 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Up Valley (location TBD) - June 15, 2 to 6 p.m.


For more information, click here or call 970.945.9300

Staff News

Staff Training. YouthZone Youth Advocates, Jennifer Keener and Nancy MacGregor, are attending the Working with Youth: Evidence-based Programs & Supports conference/training seminar at the Joyfields Institute in San Diego, May 21-22.  Click here for more details on the program. 

Staff and Board Retreat. The YouthZone Staff and Board came together earlier this month for a strategic planning session. The event served as an excellent opportunity for the Staff to share with the Board their successes in the past year, as well as to discuss upcoming goals, initiatives, and strategies.

The group also had an opportunity to participate in team building exercises at Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley rope course.

Congratulations Sara!  Sara Barrett successfully passed her social worker exam in March and is now a licensed social worker.

Congratulations Cam!  Cameron Daniel has completed and been certified for his CAC I (Certified Addiction Counselor).
Lori Mueller, Executive Director
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