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.
Recently, the GMYSC Adventure Club set out to Rustler’s Loop in Loma, CO for an afternoon hike. Six youth (one from an outside placement) and three staff hit the trails and trekked across several paths that run alongside the Colorado River.
Youth and staff from Platte Valley Youth Services center recently began a bike club. To help start up the program, staff worked side-by-side with several youth in the program to help restore bicycles for the club. Youth learned how to...
Platte Valley Youth Services Center recently introduced a Farm to Table concept. Earlier in the season, the program consisted of what the facility hopes will be a robust vegetable garden that will provide nutritious and delicious vegetables. The Farm to Table program also includes a new fishing program.