They made it to the top!
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. Once at the top, the youth stepped outside of their comfort zones and challenged themselves to rock climb to the summit of Liberty Cap. Once at the top, the youth were able to feel like they were on top of the world, while taking in views of the Grand Valley and Mount Garfield in the distance -- another hike they recently completed. One youth stated, “Hiking Club has really helped me better myself as a person, because I now have a new hobby for when I get out, so I won’t fall back into negative activities that I used to do. Another reason why I enjoy going on these hikes, is because they help me get into shape and they make me feel accomplished and make me feel better about myself.” After the hikes, the youth enjoyed BBQ at Canyon View Park and ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. Staff are looking forward to weekly hikes with youth that are demonstrating responsibility and dedication in their programming. This is just one way the facility celebrates the successes of the youth in their care.