Is Policy or COVID-19 to Blame for Rising Truancy Cases? 

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Claire Hemme Communications Coordinator   In the last year schools have seen a dizzying number of obstacles that have destroyed any sense of normalcy for students and teachers alike. Last spring’s pandemic wave left schools scrambling to find solutions to make online learning possible. Because of this, many teachers stopped seeing students for reasons ranging from poor accessibility to a general lack of motivation. Now, it is unclear whether existing attendance policies or the pandemic are to blame.  Any […]

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Channel 9 News Word of Thanks Huge Success for Local Nonprofits

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YouthZone is humbled with gratitude for the 1,870 donations that came from the Channel 9 News Word of Thanks feature with Kyle Clark. Lori Mueller said, “This kind of support is what empowers us to continue working with kids and families. Each donation helps us make our community even stronger.” Channel 9 featured YouthZone and two other nonprofits on the Western Slope, Friends of Youth and Gear […]

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YouthZone’s Commitment to Equity Reshapes Conversations

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Claire Hemme Communications Coordinator   Eq·ui·ty: the quality of being fair and impartial.   The age of good enough has come to an end meaning equity, diversity and inclusion are quickly becoming the focus of most conversations at YouthZone. In recognition of Black History Month, we want to share some of our conscious efforts to build equity in our work. Our toolbox includes informative literature to guide discussions, client and staff input, and the professional guidance of anti-racist practitioner Jordan Curry Carter.   YouthZone knows […]

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CMC Student Bianca Comes to YZ to Gain Experience

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YouthZone recently gained a new member of the team. Bianca Godina will be temporarily fulfilling the Administrative Assistant position.   Bianca’s decision to work with YouthZone is largely influenced by her goal to obtain a master’s degree in psychology. Bianca is at Colorado Mountain College pursuing a dual major Associates of Arts and an Associates of Arts with a concentration in communication. She believes that her work with our […]

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Dismantling the School-To-Prison Pipeline

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Claire Hemme Communications Coordinator   When schools disproportionally punish children of color, they are creating a connection to the punitive system that does not always end with a diploma. The early introduction to the juvenile justice system for black and brown students has created the School-To-Prison-Pipeline (STPP). This nationwide problem removes children from the school environment and puts them at lifelong risk.   Zero Tolerance Policies, high suspension rates and […]

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