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FYI’s Youth Programs are evidence based risk reduction classes for Chaffee County youth. FYI helps facilitates universal prevention programs for middle school & high school students. As well as secondary prevention programs which are targeted youth classes for youth that are engaged in high risk behaviors.
Chaffee FYI 2020-2021 classes include:
Extraordinary Teen Council (ETC)
“Nothing about us without us.”
ETC began in January 2016, using the Positive Youth Development model. FYI and Boys and Girls Club hosted a “Nacho Ordinary Teen Night” complete with a Taco bar, sumo boxing, and a screening of “Nacho Libre”. 60 teens attended and we had a brainstorming session to discuss larger community issues, such as: What teen activities could we offer in Salida? How could we better hear teens’ voices?
From this we recruited our first teen council members. We met (and still meet) at lunch period once/week at Salida High School. It is an inclusive group, with students joining throughout the year and taking time off when they need to. Acting on their long standing goal of supporting and offering substance free events for teens and giving them a voice in Salida, the group has been successful in completing many impressive projects: Teen coffee nights, BBQs and movie nights; partnering with Solvista to create a Teen Wellness Voucher; and a Teen Discount Pass at 10 local businesses(see ChaffeeTeen Insta). The ETC is now working on developing a teen ride program.
Young people who are engaged in making decisions and feel they have meaningful input are more likely to remain involved with their community over time and less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as substance use. Coming from a strengths-based perspective, ETC was formed. The more resilient our youth are the more resilient our community, environment and region will be.
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Our universal prevention classes are offered in middle and high school to every youth, typically the curriculum is taught during health class. The goal of universal prevention is to give youth the skills and information to make healthy and productive choices.
We are currently teaching LifeSkills Trainings across the county.
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Secondary Prevention consists of strategies or classes targeted to youth who are demonstrating unhealthy decisions. Our goal is to provide education and supportive resources for youth to make better decisions and stay out of the judicial system.
We currently offer: Project Towards No Drugs & Moral Reconation Therapy
We offer at least one fun activities and one community service activity each month for youth involved in our classes. We want to provide and demonstrate healthy and positive activities!
Making copper jewelry at Riveting Experience
For more information please contact:
Cassie Stauch- 719-530-2582
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Prosocial event- Noah's Ark ropes course
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