Community service isn't a punishment. Community service is the right thing to do. 

First and foremost, these opportunities are intended to show your son or daughter that they have always been enough to contribute in a positive direction for our communities. An added perk to participating; it offers an alternative to detention pre-adjudication.

YouthZone’s Friday and Saturday Service Programs offer our clients the chance to connect, on a deeper level, with the beautiful people that make up the communities of the Western Slope. We work alongside affiliated community nonprofits, which provide a structured investment in your teen's day. Additionally, community service is always done in the group setting which encourages teamwork and companionship. Since your teen's safety is not only your concern, but ours as well, you can rest assured knowing that a qualified YouthZone chaperone is always in attendance. 

These group projects take place every First and Third Saturday every month in Glenwood Springs. Every second Friday of month, they're located in Rifle.

“Today I took the lengthy journey down to Glenwood to help assist in some community service. I did not know what I was going to be doing, but I expected it to be fairly boring. After a slightly disorienting journey from the bus stop to the YouthZone center, I was greeted by Sammy and told that we would be gardening. I had never gardened before so I kept my assumption that it would be boring. After a short walk we were greeted by a kind lady who maintained the garden. Shortly after, we began maintenance, like weeding and tilling the soil on unattended plots. While we were doing work, we were also educated on all of the different plants and vegetables that are grown in the garden. We worked for about four hours until it looked like it was going to rain. After we left, I realized that I had actually had fun gardening. Little did I know, I had fun after all but also found a new way to relax.”

    --Merak M.