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.
Youth at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center are enjoying their partnership with the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley in Littleton (HSSPV).
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.
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.
This weekend, four youth along with staff Gary Mills and Rod Tyma supported the Colorado Special Olympics during the basketball finals in Lakewood.
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.