Referring Families and Youth to YouthZone
For more than 40 years, YouthZone has helped kids and families throughout the Roaring Fork and Grand River Valleys in a number of ways. From working with kids who have become involved with the juvenile justice system to parents who need counseling on how to help their child through a traumatic event to a young person struggling with substance use – We Know … We Care … and We are Here to Help.
We are often asked, “What exactly does YouthZone do? What kind of help do you provide?” The depth of our help is widespread and we encourage anyone in the community who knows of a struggling youth or family to refer them to YouthZone.
The professionals who work with kids on a daily basis are often the ones who first notice when something isn’t quite right. By referring kids from schools straight to YouthZone, we can often help them before the issues they’re facing escalate. Suspected substance use, depression, or being bullied or becoming a bully are common occurrence that school officials may refer a child and their family to YouthZone.
Are you a law enforcement officer encountering the same adolescent?
Our local police departments do an amazing job with kids. Sometimes, they may let a young person they’ve encountered doing something they shouldn’t be doing off with a warning, because they don’t necessarily want to see a “good kid” enter the court system. At YouthZone, we want to help kids before they enter the court system, too. Police officers who feel they’ve seen a young person who may be “acting out” because of deeper issues are encouraged to make direct referrals to YouthZone.
Are you a parent who has noticed changes in your child’s friend?
We live in a tightknit, amazing community – let’s face it, it does take a village to raise a child! Often, your child’s closest friends almost become part of your family, as they spend so much time at your home and in your company. If you’re noticing a change in personality, mood swings, or inappropriate behavior happening with a young person you know – it’s okay to speak up. There is a good chance the child’s own family is recognizing similar things but doesn’t know what to do.
Are you a young person who may need some help?
Maybe you’ve experienced a traumatic event, such as the death of someone close to you. Or you're finding that you’re using drugs or alcohol more often to deal with depression. Many young people come to YouthZone via a self-referral, so you’re not alone if you recognize you may need someone to talk to and share your struggles with.