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They made it to the top!

​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.

Venturing out on a cross-country ski trip, laughing for hours...

​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. 

DYC Youth Explore Mindfulness and Self Compassion

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. 

Undefeated: Life lessons from a champion that never lost

"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."

KRDO Channel 13 News (ABC) Highlights Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center

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.”