September 2017
In This Issue
Bucket List
by Lisa Detweiler, Operations and Data Manager

Have you ever tried to keep up with someone else's bucket list?  For example, your dad who hasn't been on a bike in 10 years or more, and wants to bike the Glenwood Canyon?  Or your mom who wants to hike up to Hanging Lake?  With all the outdoor challenges available, biking Glenwood Canyon or hiking to Hanging Lake would be to "easy" or "tame" to make it onto the bucket list for many people, including many 75-year-olds, like my parents.
I think it's to "easy" and "tame" to be on their bucket lists, too; because one bike ride or hike pales in comparison to the impact they have on others through volunteering their time and giving their money.  From mentoring to helping at a free clinic or thrift store, from donating groceries for a food pantry to donating for Third World development projects, the impact one person can make is amazing, even when the monetary gifts are modest by many standards.

"YouthZone talked to me and pushed me to the finish line.  It wasn't ok what I did, and I learned I shouldn't repeat it again.  YouthZone was there to help when I needed help.  I learned I need to work for my things like everyone else or ask for money instead of stealing."

-- A youth who received assistance through the court system.
YouthZone Ascent Teams Getting Busy!

We are in the middle of the YouthZone Ascent, with only one week left to reach our goal of $175,000!  We are half way there! Our teams have been busy working on amazing community service projects and raising funds for YouthZone.

From removing rebar from Independence Pass, to helping put on a full day music festival, to introducing a wounded veteran to her new home . . .  these kids have become actively engaged in their community, developing memories and experiences for both them and the organizations they're helping!

To read more about the YouthZone Ascent Teams and their projects, click here!
Team Glenwood Springs welcomes Sgt. Kirstie Ennis to her new home in Glenwood Springs, provided by Buidling Homes for Heroes!

Team Carbondale helps with the
successful Spring Creek Uprising Music Festival!

"YouthZone helped my daughter realize what her actions can do.  They really understand and helped in fixing the problems we had with the court.  It made me feel good that young people have a chance to fix what trouble they got into and get the help they need."

-- A parent of youth who received assistance through the court system
Have You Viewed Our Online Auction?

There are some great items on the YouthZone Ascent Online Auction - visit the site here and purchase a great trip, activity, gift certificate, or more!
Hollis Kelley - Why I Support YouthZone!

Upcoming 2017 YouthZone Substance Abuse Classes

Glenwood Springs - October 4, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Aspen - November 29, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.