There are some challenges to using a strength based approach in youth work. It is part of some of our systems to focus on risk and probability of re-offending or relapse of drug use. However, progressive youth workers and practitioners are finding that their success rates all increase as a result of expanding their perceptions and incorporating strength based principles in all areas of programming with youth.
Areas of strengths gleaned from Positive Psychology Literature:
Strengths of cognition: curiousity, love of learning, judgement, ingenuity,
Strengths of emotion: awe, wonder, hope and optimism
Strengths of will: courage, will, perseverance
Relational and Civic strengths: kindness, responsibility, loyalty, capacity to love
Strengths of tolerance: honesty, integrity, self-control, wisdom, spirituality, sense of purpose
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I am writing to inform you about some changes in YouthZone’s fee for services for school referrals. For the past few years we have had the pleasure of using grant money that helped reduce our fee’s to a minimal $25 for any clients referred from the school. Unfortunately, those grant dollars are not available any longer for the overall reduction of fees for all clients. At this time YouthZone has created a financial assistance request process that clients who are in need of financial help may apply for. I have attached the request form so you can easily access.
YouthZone has enjoyed the work we have accomplished together in supporting youth and their families in our communities and we look forward to many more years of such great collaboration. Our intention is to continue to provide all of our services to all who request them and that those families who need financial assistance will receive it. We kept the process very simple and we are committed to responding quickly to all requests.
YouthZone has a variety of proven intervention and prevention programs. Because of the uniqueness of each youth and their circumstances, it is most effective to have a menu of interventions to choose from. Our staff are highly trained and skilled in case management and youth advocacy and can provide thorough family and youth assessments along with a variety of programs. These include but are not limited to: life skills groups, substance abuse education, restorative justice, family mediation, parent education and counseling.
The goal for YouthZone is continued outreach and advocacy with schools to implement system changes that would result in early interventions for appropriate youth.
Again, thank you for the good work that you do and for the good work we are doing together. Please feel free to contact me with questions.
9th Judicial District Deputy District Attorney, Tony Hershey, was recently awarded the Board Member of the Year award at the 2013 Senate Bill 94 Training Conference. The award recognized Mr. Hershey’s nine years of service to the local juvenile service planning committee, dedication to juvenile justice, and advocacy for young people. Garfield Juvenile District Court Judge Paul Metzger presented the award before a gathering of over 200 people.
Written by a 14 year old client who was a part of the SB94 district court program
I worked with YouthZone through the Senate Bill 94 (SB-94) program. This program gives funding for a program through the Division of Youth Corrections to provide secure detention as an alternative to incarceration. I think it is good because detention gives you time to think about your wrong-doings and those I wronged, but SB94 has given me a way to make amends to those I have hurt and my community at large.
SB94 has been positive for me and my family. We have been able to work with people who actually care about kids. Some of these people have helped me realize that I’m not just a bad person, rather, I’m a kid who made some bad choices and decisions. They are working to help me make better choices from now on. I’ve also benefited from some great counselors. My favorite thing is when they required “family time.” I like this because everyone is so busy going in so many directions that it’s hard to find time for family events. From my experience, this lack of “family time” has a lot do do with kids I know who are in trouble. Even though my family isn’t perfect and we have our issues – we’re still a family. This is why most of my friends want to hang at my house; just to be around and become like a part of my family. This makes me appreciate my family more.
The other reason I like SB94 is that I get a change to say “I’m sorry” to those I’ve hurt by donating time and/or labor installing flooring at my old school. I’ve also donated time working at our local thrift store, out local pet shelter, etc. It’s a good feeling to help out, especially when they let me know how much they need help. Plus, it’s one small way to make amends to my community. Plus, I feel better about myself and am able to show people that I’m not all bad. This program also has helped me take accountability for my actions and to express my sorrow to anyone I have hurt in my own words.
In short, the SB94 program has four primary principles: Community services, work programs, restitution, and mediation. With the help of YouthZone and others, I have used each of these “tools” toward becoming a better me. With YouthZone, counseling with professionals who actually care about kids like me, support from my parents/family and my efforts and hard work, this program is a good thing compared to detention. Detention is a punishment that does nothing for a struggling kid, victims, community, etc. Plus, detention costs billions as opposed to benefiting tax payers and possibly saving a child who is on the wrong path.
Finally, what I really like about SB94 is that it is a win-win alternative to a lose-lose problem. Even if SB94 isn’t 100% successful for every kid, every time, it forces a kid to give-back to society, instead of just costing society. In my experience, even a so called “bad kid” appreciates doing a good thing deep down, and in my opinion that’s a win-win.
Harvests Inc. recently interviewed former YouthZone executive director Debbie Wilde regarding the work at Insight to Impact. The company was investiaging social enterprise in Colorado and was impressed with Insight to Impact and the YouthZone assessment survey.
Harvests, Inc. is a Denver-based consultant collaborative assisting non-profits with economic strategies to strengthen and extend their reach.
Listen to the recent interview on KMTS radio regarding the Kiss-n-Squeal event. Gabe Chenoweth interviews Lori Mueller, YouthZone executive director and Jason Higens candidate from Lazy Bear Restaurant.
It was a hog wild fun night on September 12 at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs when YouthZone held its kick-off party for the agency’s annual Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser. The crowd enjoyed a free BBQ by Glenwood Noon Rotary, music by Glenwood Springs High School Percussion Ensemble, and lots of laughs as they met the “pig kissing wanna be” candidates. Follow all the fun of the event and support youth and families with your donation.