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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."

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints DYC Leader to Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council

Al Estrada, CDHS Division of Youth Corrections Associate Director, was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council. The Council provides statewide leadership and advocacy to improve the juvenile justice system, prevent delinquency, ensure equal justice and accountability for all youth while maximizing community safety.

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve" ~MLK Jr.

The Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center received a special request from one of their community partners, Habitat for Humanity. Habitat needed help moving their construction warehouse. Four youth along with two staff members, Tom Pariseau and Rod Tyma, offered to volunteer for the day. On Tuesday January 17, the Habitat staff along with volunteers filled six semi loads of industrial shelving, building materials and wooden pallets.