Several youth and staff from Zeb Pike Youth Services Center participated in Earth Day activities on Saturday, April 22 by combining forces with a local neighborhood association's annual spring cleanup.
On April 20, 2017, staff and youth of Grand Mesa Youth Services Center (GMYSC) involved in the newly implemented hiking club trekked out of the Center to tackle the Liberty Cap Hike on the Colorado National Monument. Clear skies and a steep incline not only made for a good workout, but also a great opportunity for team building.
Beginning last Fall, each Wednesday evening, for 16 weeks, Division of Youth Corrections youth at Residential Youth Services (RYS) Hilltop in Grand Junction practiced mindfulness and self compassion in a program facilitated by Hilltop Volunteer Skip Hudson and therapists Kyla Hauer and Stacy Schoolfield. The program, "Making Friends with Yourself" was developed for youth and is based on the Mindful Self Compassion program, designed for adults by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer PhD.
On March 21, ten youth and staff from Grand Mesa Youth Services Center (GMYSC) took a day trip to the Grand Mesa. The trip was planned to celebrate youth in the program that are demonstrating leadership at the facility, in school, and in treatment groups. To help validate hard work does not go unnoticed, GMYSC partnered with The Nature Center and the Nordic Council and ventured out on a cross country skiing trip on the County Line Trail atop the Grand Mesa. During the trip, the youth were able to experience skiing for the first time, while taking in the crisp air and breathtaking views the trail had to offer.
In a recent report published by the PEW Foundation, Colorado was identified as one of the top seven (7) states in the Nation with regard to the implementation and prevalence of evidence-based policy-making, specific to the integration of evidence-based practices within juvenile justice systems.
In February, seventeen youth and staff headed out of Grand Mesa Youth Services Center to take an exhilarating adventure in the Bookcliffs of Mesa County. A celebration of nine youth reaching high status within the program by demonstrating positive behavior throughout the month is why eight staff, several on their day off, were excited to lead the day's activities.
"In June 2014 he took the job in Grand Junction and applied lessons he learned about mistakes and teamwork and motivation and dreams. He taught kids from broken homes looking down the pipe at years of detention how to get off a mat.
His unit has 27 kids, about the same amount as a large wrestling team. But he doesn’t wrestle. He’s not a security guard. He’s a guiding light."
Troubled and a threat to the community, 39 teenage boys have been placed at Zebulon Pike Detention Center.
Anders Jacobson, Director of Youth Corrections says their mission is to develop coping skills, “We work on reducing risk so we are teaching skills for the young people so they understand how to make better choices in their lives and become productive citizens when they return to the community.”
This beautiful piece of artwork, created by over 30 youth from Adams Youth Services Center, is currently on display at the Adams County Justice Center in the juvenile courtroom overseen by Judge Delgado.
Four volunteers from Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center assisted at the Action Center in Lakewood unloading food to restock the food bank, and help ready the Center for the upcoming "Beautiful Junk Sale".
Al Estrada, CDHS Division of Youth Corrections Associate Director, was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council. The Council provides statewide leadership and advocacy to improve the juvenile justice system, prevent delinquency, ensure equal justice and accountability for all youth while maximizing community safety.
The CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families is excited to announce we are actively recruiting to fill two Associate Director position's in the Division of Youth Corrections. One position is the Associate Director of Operations, and the second position is the Associate Director of Institutions.
The Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center received a special request from one of their community partners, Habitat for Humanity. Habitat needed help moving their construction warehouse. Four youth along with two staff members, Tom Pariseau and Rod Tyma, offered to volunteer for the day. On Tuesday January 17, the Habitat staff along with volunteers filled six semi loads of industrial shelving, building materials and wooden pallets.