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Drug and Alcohol Edcuation Classes:

Aug. 13
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Glenwood Springs
Sept. 14 & 21
4 to 6 p.m.

Up Valley 
(location TBD)
September 22
4 to 8 p.m.

New Substance Education & Intervention Group:

Glenwood Springs
August 5
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
(assessment and evaluation must be completed first)

or email
for details!
JULY 2015
Stories of Triumph: Allison

Sometimes, our stories of triumph come from kids who have spent many months, or even years, overcoming obstacles.  However, in the case of Allison, despite having a long road ahead of her still, she's experienced a recent triumph thanks to the swift action of her family and staff at YouthZone. (Read more ...)

Save the Date!  Kiss-n-Squeal 2015!

Kiss-n-Squeal is almost here, and we're celebrating 25 years of piggy smooching! 

This year's candidates will be announced soon for the annual fundraising competition that will take place between September 10 and October 8!

Stay tuned for more details!
2015 YouthZone Scholarship Recipients


Amy Flores

Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners - Maggie Bell and Amy Flores.  Both young ladies received a scholarship of $3,000. 

Maggie is a graduate of Coal Ridge High School and will be attending Grand Canyon University in the Fall.


Amy will be attending Colorado Mesa University in the Fall, where she will pursue her goal of becoming a nurse.

G.O.A.L. Academy

For some students, traditional classroom settings simply don't match their educational needs, which can lead to poor attendance and performance.  Luckily, there are alternative schools that may offer solutions for students who want to receive a quality education.  One such organization that is available for students in the YouthZone service area is G.O.A.L. Academy - a free, public high school. (Read more ...)

Parenting Tip

Trying to get your tween or teen to open up to you is a never ending battle!  One quick tip ... try asking "What" before "Why."  Asking kids "why" they did something often puts them on the defensive. For example, "Why are you not talking to your friend Katie?" may not solicit the dialogue you're hoping for, while "What happened between you and Katie that has you upset?" may help you find the root of the problem.
New Substance Education & Intervention Program

YouthZone is pleased to introduce a new Substance Education & Intervention program.  The program 
begins with a thorough assessment, leading to a tailored program that is designed for the specific needs of the youth involved.  Initiatives will include an educational class focusing on issues involving signs of substance abuse, triggers, and healthy coping techniques, including resources and where to go for help. A teen group will also be available and is designed for youth with substance-related issues, trauma, or both. Through group therapy, adolescents benefit from the influence they have on each other as peers.

If interested in the new program, please call YouthZone at
970-945-9300 to arrange the assessment and evaluation with a Case Manager.
Staff News

YouthZone welcomes two new employees!  Patti Cummings joins YouthZone with more than 20 years of experience working in the field of Positive Youth Development and holds a Master's of Social Work degree.  Brandy Clouse has a Bachelor's dedgree in Sociology and is looking forward to her new career with YouthZone. Both Patti and Brandy are working at the YouthZone Rifle office.

Brandy Clouse
Pals Mentoring Case Manager

Patti Cummings
Pals Plus Mentoring Coordinator

Lori Mueller, Executive Director
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