YouthZone Foundation
In This Issue

Kiss 'N Squeal brought in nearly $200,000 this year!  Thank you to everyone who showed their support!

Ken Robinson of Roaring Fork Liquors was the winner of the 
Kiss 'N Squeal raffle - and he generously donated all $2,000 of winnings back to YouthZone!

YouthZone's Robin Tolan receives a generous check for $500 from United Way!

Volunteers Help Spruce Up YouthZone Office Grounds!
Thanks to the volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (currently serving their missions in the area) who helped do so much-needed landscaping work!

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Stories of Triumph: Laura

A common theme often occurs with the teens that come through YouthZone's doors - trauma and mental illness, masked by substance abuse.  As was the case for Laura, a teen who has had a difficult year, but is overcoming many hurdles in her life in order to embark on a promising future.  ( Read more ... )
Colorado Gives Day - 2015
Once again, YouthZone is proud to participate in Colorado Gives Day, on Tuesday, December 8.  To support YouthZone, please click here! You can donate on the day of or schedule your donation in advance!
YouthZone Approaching 40 Years!

YouthZone will reach a major milestone in 2016 - our 40th Anniversary! Has YouthZone made an impact on you?  In the weeks to come, we will be actively looking for past clients of YouthZone who can share their experiences!  We're also looking for past volunteers and employees who would like to share their stories, as well as donors who would like to talk to us about why they support YouthZone.  We know there are wonderful stories out there and we're looking to incorporate them into our awareness efforts in 2016.

If you'd like to share your story, experiences or photos - please contact Stephanie Keister at
Parenting Tip

This week's parenting tip comes from our friends at Love and Logic. Listed below is a laundry list of some old-fashioned yet powerful strategies to help with hyperactivity in kids - this may be especially helpful during the holiday season!
Unlike adults, many children get hyper when they're tired.
Too many activities create stressed families. Stressed families create kids who act out to relieve their stress.
When kids lack solid limits, they tend to act out to get them. Be sure to set limits by describing what you are willing to do or allow...rather than telling them how they should act. An example: 
You are welcome to stay in the same room with us as long as your voice is quiet and you aren't running around.
Predictable Routines
Kids thrive when these and other routines are more or less routine: Getting ready each morning, dinnertime, bedtime, family reading time, homework time, playtime, etc. 
Some parents experiment with "sitting practice." They have fun with their child and challenge them to remain seated and quiet for a small amount of time. They set the timer and make a big deal out of their child meeting a specific goal. They gradually increase the goal as time goes by. 
Good Food
Junk food tends to create junky behavior.
Exercise calms the brain. My mother must have known this when she'd say, "Oh...looks like you need to run around the yard and burn off some of that steam."  Any reluctance to do as she asked, automatically created a long list of chores that served as another form of exercise.
Limited Screen Time
The more kids interact with screens the more difficulty they have with self-regulation.
A Good Marriage
Kids tend to act out any anxiety or tension present in the home. 
Upcoming Events

Drug and Alcohol Edcuation Classes:

Dec. 11
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Glenwood Springs
Dec. 30
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parenting Teens Through Crisis:
Glenwood Springs
Weds., Dec. 9
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Parenting Series:
Glenwood Springs
Weds., Dec. 16
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Call  970.945.9300  or email  for details!
Lori Mueller, Executive Director
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