YouthZone’s Friday/Saturday Service Program offers an opportunity for youth to complete their Community Service in a group project setting, and serves as part of a detention alternative program either pre-adjudication or as a condition of probation. The program is designed to offer a meaningful work experience and to foster a positive work ethic.
Friday/Saturday Service takes place on the first and third Saturday of every month in Glenwood Springs and the second Friday of every month in Rifle.
YouthZone works with a number of non-profit organizations throughout the Valley to provide meaningful work for participants of the Friday/Service program. From trail cleanup to assisting at the Glenwood Springs recycling center to working in community gardens, we hope that every participant of the program achieves a sense of fulfillment and pride when their work is completed.
“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.”