YouthZone is pleased to announce two new employees have joined our organization this summer.
recently came on board as our new Assistant Director. Nick is a native of Glenwood Springs and is excited to continue his career in the community he grew up in. Nick holds both bachelor and masters degrees in Social Work (from Abilene Christian University and the University of Texas Arlington, respectively).
Originally, it was Nick's intent to major in business - but felt social work gave him a voice and could be a better use of his time, providing opportunities to help others. After beginning his career in Dallas, he and his wife, Breanne (who he met in college), decided to return to Nick's hometown, where he began working as a guidance counselor at Glenwood Springs Middle School.
Despite the challenges of working in public education, Nick found the work rewarding and has enjoyed working with young people - both as a counselor and as a football and wrestling coach.
When the Assistant Director position opened up at YouthZone, Nick was intrigued by the administrative role, which would allow him to use both his business acumen and counseling experience.
During the weeks and months to come, Nick will immerse himself in understanding the depth of programming offered by YouthZone. By understanding each program and its history, he hopes to expand upon new ideas and continue to develop strong relationships - both with YouthZone staff and partners in the community.
Also new to YouthZone this summer is
, a longtime resident (35 years) of the Roaring Fork Valley. Kenny is YouthZone's newest Substance Use Specialist and has more than ten years of experience working as a drug and alcohol counselor.
Kenny attended the Odyssey School for Addiction Counseling and is a Certified Addiction Counsellor II. He has a sincere commitment to providing quality counseling for young people who are struggling with drug and alcohol use. In his prior work before joining YouthZone, Kenny helped clients, through group and individual therapy, understand a variety of issues related to their substance use, including anger management. He's passionate about helping his clients, as he feels he can relate to them well.
On a personal level, Kenny loves everything about living in the Roaring Fork Valley, including hiking, fishing, and visiting the Hot Springs.
We are excited to have both Nick and Kenny join the YouthZone family and look forward to working with them more!