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Parenting Programs

Raising children in our modern world is no easy task and takes support and awareness.  Kids are welcome to a camp-like vibe for those three days as well.

Discover Effective Parenting Programs for Happy Families

Our team of knowledgeable professionals has curated a selection of tools and programs designed to assist you at every stage of parenthood. Whether you're a new parent seeking guidance or an experienced caregiver looking for new insights, we've got you covered.

We understand that every child and family is unique, and that's why our resources are tailored to meet your specific needs.

Feel free to explore the various programs and services we have to offer. From parenting tips and expert advice to interactive tools, we aim to empower you to make informed decisions for the well-being of your family

Eligibility And Details

Guiding Good Choices:

A three-day workshop for three hours a day. Each day, parents and caregivers of children ages 9-14 will cover several topics. The workshop will help strengthen family bonds and help children make positive choices as they enter their teenage years. 

Nurturing Parenting Classes:

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we have.  Being a parent takes growing in self-awareness as well as an understanding of our children.  Learning to communicate with respect, building empathy to understand our children, and having appropriate expectations all positively impact our families.  

These classes are for any parents/caregivers who want to grow as people, connect with other parents/caregivers, and build a strong team with their families. 

Depending on the current class, children will learn alongside parents or will be provided with fun activities and childcare. Family dinner will be provided for each class.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How can I refer a teen to take one of the secondary prevention classes?
    Contact James Fenwick at
  • 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,
  • How often does Youth In Action meet?
    Once a week during the school year, Mondays in BV and Tuesdays in Salida
  • How is YIA 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.
  • What does the program consist of?
    The program is voluntary, but it requires your agreement to actively participate by establishing goals and working to achieve those goals. The case manager 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?
    No. Referrals are submitted to the program through Chaffee County Child Protection Services or other community organizations.

Join Us

For more information on current and upcoming classes, contact:

Carmel Burton 719-530-2579

and/or Marjorie Jennings 719-530-2535

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FYI Programs

As a community-driven organization, our programs meet those we serve where they're at for a widespread, positive change.


Learn, develop, and acquire valuable life skills. 


Healthy households are the foundation of thriving communities.


Create positive mentoring relationships.


Case management, service linkages, and community support.


Promote positive youth development and work towards long-term systemic change.


Prevention starts with listening.

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