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.
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.