Since 1976, YouthZone has received numerous awards for innovation and excellence in youth programming. YouthZone has also been asked to pilot state and federal grant programs. In addition, YouthZone’s staff and board members have been honored over time with dozens of awards for exemplary work in youth programming and community involvement.

2016

“Best Program” awarded by the State of Co. for keeping youth out of juvenile detention

2012

Locals Choice Award – Gold winner for Best Non-Profit

2011

Colorado Mountain College Foundation – Jim Calaway Award

Locals Choice Award – Silver winner for Best Non-Profit

2010

Locals Choice Award – Gold winner for Best Non-Profit

2009

Locals Choice Award – Gold winner for Best Non-Profit

Chosen by Colorado Juvenile Justice Committee to represent Colorado in a nationwide study highlighting youth organizations that provide positive youth development.

2008

El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence, finalist in the youth category.

2007

Published in the book Information Gold Mine – Innovative Uses of Evaluation. YouthZone was chosen from 40 organizations to be the featured organization demonstrating the use of evaluation to further an agency’s work in a variety of ways.

2007 & 2004

Recognized twice by the community as the Locals Choice Non-Profit.

2004

Recognized twice by the community as the Locals Choice Non-Profit.

2002

El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence, finalist in the youth category.

1998

Published in the book Building Supportive Communities for At-Risk Adolescents, It Takes More Than Services (chapter 13). This was national recognition as a rural youth agency that exemplifies some of the strategies determined necessary to develop effective and comprehensive services for youth. The only rural program chosen in the United States.

1996

National recognition at the Drug Free Schools and Communities Prevention and Technology conference in New Orleans as 1 of 10 noteworthy programs.

1996

Recognized by the Colorado Governors Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council as one of the three exemplary juvenile justice projects in Colorado.

1995

Aspen Foundation recognition for excellence in programming particular to fundraising challenges, cost-effective management and resourcefulness in developing new funding sources.

1993

Teen Pal program chosen by the Prevention Information Center as 1 of 10 outstanding prevention efforts in rural Colorado.

1992

Lt. Governor’s award for excellence in prevention.

1990

Prevention Center recognition as an award winning prevention program in Colorado.

1988

Recognition by the National Youth Resource Center as one of 30 model youth programs in the nation.

Miscellaneous

Twice featured in Youth Today national publication.
Featured in the Aspen Philanthropist Magazine.