Collaboration between partners needed during heightened mental crisis

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By Jami Hayes  YouthZone Executive Director  During the last year, YouthZone experienced a significant need for intensive mental health and substance use counseling and support for our families in our communities. Substance-related referrals doubled, and parent consultations and education significantly increased. From 2019 through 2020, YouthZone served 1,300 youth and families through counseling, coaching, parent education and restorative justice. Twelve […]

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Sharlene Salinas Brings a Fresh Perspective to YZ’s Programs

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Sharlene (Sharla) Salinas recently joined YouthZone’s team of youth advocates with a mission to bring lived experience and understanding to the organization’s work. Sharla has a passion for mentoring youth and has always been intrigued by the criminal justice system. She believes that her diverse work history in education, legal work and health services will be an asset to her as […]

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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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