Youth at Lookout Mountain recently volunteered at the Jeffco Action Center to help get their food bank up to speed after the long holiday weekends. The Action Center’s Santa shop was very successful giving thousands of brand new toys to the Lakewood area youth. After the holidays, youth at Lookout Mountain helped to restock empty food bank shelves with frozen and refrigerated food.
Self-calming/self-care rooms have been popping up at Division of Youth Services centers throughout Colorado, reinforcing our trauma-informed environments.
This year staff at Gilliam Youth Services Center in Denver kept the annual giving tradition alive by sponsoring 40 children from the Salvation Army.
Youth at Platte Valley Youth Services Center (PVYSC) recently participated in Operation Christmas Child for the 12th year in a row! Operation Christmas Child is a yearly event sponsored by church communities throughout the world.
On Saturday, DYS staff accompanied four (4) youth along with Straight Ahead Colorado (a Christian Ministry serving youth in DYS) to the Denver and Aurora Crisis Centers and Homeless Shelters to provide meals to community members who were hungry.
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.