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CCYA Social Host Ordinance

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Community-Based Prevention

At FYI we care about partnering with community members and organizations for a larger collective impact around youth and family health. One of the main avenues for that participation is the Chaffee County Youth Alliance (CCYA), a community-based coalition focused on youth health and well-being. CCYA, which began in 2017, follows the Communities That Care coalition model for systemic change by identifying community risk and protective factors for youth health and then implementing evidence-based strategies.

Building a Caring and Knowledgeable Coalition

While the focus of the CCYA coalition is on overall youth health and problem behaviors, the coalition has identified youth substance misuse as a particular area of focus. As a rural town with significant tourism, Chaffee County mirrors other “rural resort” communities with high levels of youth substance misuse. High availability of substances, permissive cultural and parental attitudes toward youth substance use, and statistically higher early initiation of substance use (before age 13), have been areas of focus as the coalition has implemented evidence-based programs and initiatives to address these areas of youth health. CCYA has identified health disparities among minority demographics of youth in Chaffee County as an upcoming area of focus for its efforts.

Eligibility And Details

Anyone willing to join in the coalition's work can become a coalition member!

  • I'm looking for more information on Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) or Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). Who do I contact?
    For the TND and MRT classes, contact Elisia Parham at
  • I'm worried about the safety of a youth I know. Should I contact you?
    If it is a question of the youth safety, please call the child welfare hotline at 844-Co-4-Kids
  • I'm interested in learning more. How do I get in touch?
    Reach out to James Fenwick at or contact us through the form at the bottom of this page.
  • I'm 20 years old. Do I still qualify for any of your programs?
    Most of our programs and funding sources support youth up to their 21st birthday. Reach out to James Fenwick at for more details.
  • What will I be doing in the program?
    Although Community Partnership for Families is a voluntary program, it will require your active participation in establishing goals and working to achieve those goals. FYI's staff will assist by supporting your efforts and meeting on a regular basis to encourage and connect you with the resources you need to be successful.
  • Can my family participate without a referral?
    It depends, though almost all families participating were referred to the program through Chaffee County Child Protection Services or other community organizations. For more information, contact Donna Golden at
  • How often does Youth In Action meet?
    Once a week during the school year, Mondays in BV and Tuesdays in Salida
  • How is Youth In Action funded?
    Youth In Action is funded through a number of different sources. Prevention work is important to our local county government, which supports our program. Many of the dollars for direct program operations come from grants and community donations.
  • What do matches do when they meet?
    Matches have the ability to determine what they want to do when they meet, and it can vary from week to week. Some examples of match activities include; hiking, biking, cooking, baking, arts and crafts, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, reading, watching movies, gardening, reading, lawn games, etc. You get the idea; the sky is the limit!
  • How often do matches meet?
    Matches are encouraged to meet once a week for two to three hours on average.
  • How are Chaffee County Mentors funded?
    Prevention work is important to our local government too, which therefore supports our program. Many of the dollars for program operations come from grants and community donations.
  • I want a mentor. How do I apply?
    Just fill out the Mentee Application Form and someone will reach out to you! If you want to nominate a youth to be paired with a mentor, fill out the Mentee Nomination Form.
  • I'm in! How do I apply?
    Fill out a Mentor Application Form, and send the Mentor Reference Form out to three references!
  • What if I’m a mentor and am going to be gone for a couple of weeks?
    For prolonged time away, program staff can jump in and spend time with your mentee-remember, we like to think young people are fun to hang out with too! Also, thanks to technology, even when you are away for an extended time, you can still maintain contact.
  • I'm in middle school. Can I join a teen council?
    Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have a middle school council. Feel free to still reach out, and we will make sure to get you connected to a teen council when you begin high school!
  • How does a teen join the youth council in Salida or BV?
    Simply come to one of the standing meetings 1x week at the Salida or Buena Vista High School - always accepting new members. Contact: Dibby Olson,
  • What is your focus as a coalition?
    Our focus is on promoting youth health in Chaffee County, particularly "upstream" prevention efforts. Much of the focus in the past six years has been on addressing statistically high rates of underage substance use.
  • Can I join CCYA?
    As a community-based coalition, CCYA is open to anyone from the community who wants to participate. Reach out to us through the contact form below, and we can get you connected.
  • Where do you meet, and how often?
    CCYA alternates meetings between Salida and Buena Vista, meeting every other month.


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Highlights From The Coalition

Highlights & Impact

Botvin LifeSkills training, an evidence-based prevention curriculum, was introduced by CCYA to Chaffee County in 2018, and successfully integrated into every middle school and high school in the county by 2022.



Join the Chaffee County Youth Alliance

Our coalition meets every other month, on the third Wednesday morning from 8:30-10:00am.  We also have multiple workgroups focused on particular programs and topics that meet monthly, and are spearheading different initiatives.

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