Thursday and Friday night, nine (9) youth and staff headed out to the Abiding Hope Church in Littleton to help other community volunteers unload trucks of food donations to make Thanksgiving baskets for Littleton families in need.
As the holiday season begins, youth in the Division of Youth Services at Lookout Mountain are focusing on the spirit of the season...giving back to others.
Recently, youth from the Eagles Program at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center went to Clement Park to volunteer at the Second Wind Run for Teen Suicide Awareness. Youth from the program pride themselves in working hard for events that support the community.
On November 1, 2017 the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center (GMYSC) Adventure Club set out to hike the Stage Coach Trail in Palisade, CO. Eight youth and six staff packed their lunches and hit the trail with beautiful fall weather.
This past week the Division was excited to hold its first Family Support Group in Colorado Springs. The group is designed for the families of youth committed to the Division of Youth Services and is facilitated by Julie DeNicola of Stepping Stones Advocacy. Four families attended the inaugural meeting with a focus of self-care.
Early in the year, the Division of Youth Services, Rites of Passage and Office of Behavioral Health staff collaborated through discussions and planning to establish an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) III program at Ridge View Youth Services Center.
This past Saturday, five DYS youth and two staff volunteered at the Special Olympics Flag Football Playoffs at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The volunteers were exceptional leaders to the AMAZING athletes, supporting them on and off the field.
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services is excited to announce the registration for the annual training symposium on juvenile services is now open! The conference will be held November 6-9 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. "Improving Juvenile Services: Identifying and Promoting Quality Practices" will be the focus of the four day event.
Finding creative ways to establish relationships with youth in the Division's care is a challenge; but, it is a challenge where many of our staff and partners excel.