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.
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 Book Cliffs 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."
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.
Two Mount View Youth Services Center youth were just accepted to college and both received Pell Grant dollars to start them on their higher education journey. Congratulations to these two young men!
Four volunteers from Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center assisted at the Action Center in Lakewood unloading food to restock the food bank, and help ready the Center for the upcoming "Beautiful Junk Sale".
Four youth and two staff from the Eagles Program at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center supported a fundraiser event at Bear Valley Church in Lakewood.