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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Changes in Youth Behavior Could Signal Psychological Trauma

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Courtney Dunn, MSW  Trauma and Youth Specialist   No one likes to be told their child may be exhibiting behaviors that result from psychological trauma. These are hard topics of discussion, but depression, stress and anxiety drastically affect a large number of our youth.    YouthZone saw an increased need for therapy and substance intervention in 2020 when youth and parents experienced stress and psychological trauma as […]

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Anderson Ranch Artists Create Banner to Share YouthZone’s story

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YouthZone was one of five local nonprofits selected to work with Anderson Ranch this August on a public arts initiative supported by the City of Aspen. Members of the artistic staff at Anderson Ranch worked with each nonprofit to bring visibility to their missions through artistic collaborations. The created artworks were reproduced as outdoor-scaled banners […]

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Say Hello to New Grants and Data Manager Stephanie Maurice

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 YouthZone recently welcomed Stefanie Maurice as the new Grants and Data Manager. Stefanie has a background in both health care administration and writing, and her attention to detail and her preexisting knowledge of privacy and accuracy have helped her settle into this position.   Stefanie also has a good understanding of the nonprofit sector because many health care facilities function as a nonprofit. She is familiar with […]

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Help YouthZone Celebrate Colorado Gives Day!

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Carol Wolff Development Director Giving is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world, and better yet, one of the simplest. Gifts aren’t always material; sometimes they are simple acts of human kindness or supporting a cause that is important to you. Philanthropy is described as “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good […]

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