August 2016

Thank You!

Thank you so much to Ken Murphy and the Glenwood Adventure Company team who provided a wonderful rafting adventure for YouthZone!

It was an awesome day and we appreciate you so much!
Become a Monthly Giving Partner!

Help kids and their families receive YouthZone services, benefiting their lives and our community!

Three ways to do this:

1. Go to and click the " Donate Now" button to sign up with our monthly giving program.

2. Call Glenda at 970.625.3141 and set up an auto withdrawal.

3. Set it up with your bank for a monthly electronic funds transfer!

Thank you for your support!
Upcoming Events

Substance Education

October 6
4 to 8 p.m.

September 15
4 to 8 p.m.

October 20
4 to 8 p.m.

Program Spotlight

District Court Case Management /
Senate Bill 94

District Court and Probation make direct referrals to YouthZone for case management services, including intensive daily supervision through electronic home monitoring (EHM) and home detention (HD) as an alternative to detention.
YouthZone: 2004-2007

The "Curse of the Bambino" is lifted as the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 for the first time since 1918.  In 2005, a new website called YouTube is launched and achieves such quick success that Google purchased the site in 2006 for $1.65 billion in Google Stock.  Pluto didn't have such a great year in 2006, as it lost its status as a planet.  In 2007, the housing bubble bursts, leading to foreclosures throughout the country, while Apple introduced the iPhone that many of us couldn't imagine life without today.  A tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007 led to bridges all over the country being deemed inefficient, including Glenwood Springs' own Grand Avenue Bridge.  (To read more, click here ...)
Welcome Jonathan Greener

YouthZone is pleased to welcome Jonathan Greener to our family.  Jonathan recently joined the organization as our new Assistant Director, providing much necessary support to both administration and programs at YouthZone.
For more than a decade, Jonathan has worked with and advocated for at-risk youth and families.  Prior to relocating to Glenwood Springs to accept the position with YouthZone, Jonathan lived and worked in Chicago.  In his most recent position, Jonathan was the Director of Urban Life Skills with the New Life Centers of Chicagoland.  His experience includes program development and oversight, in addition to working directly with youth, families, and probation officers, as well as with court officials and other entities.
Jonathan's dedication to social work originated at an early age, as his mother was a developmental psychologist who worked with kids and within community development.  With parents who emphasized the importance of the child, it seemed only natural for Jonathan to also be drawn to a career that involved helping kids overcome trauma and violence. 
After earning his bachelor of arts in sociology at Wheaton College, Jonathan began working as a case manager in an alternative detention facility where he counseled young men and helped them create goals for personal development. 
"Early on in my career, I was really looking for ways to help kids take ownership within their communities and develop an identity," said Jonathan.  "The collaboration and strong network I experienced in Chicago was amazing.  I wasn't necessarily seeking a new position or to move from Chicago.  However, when the YouthZone position became available, I became intrigued by the opportunity to work with such a strong team that held such a great reputation."
When YouthZone Executive Director, Lori Mueller, was promoted to her current position, she continued to oversee programs as well as execute all of the high-level details required of the executive position. As caseloads and hours of time spent on each case have increased over the past few years, having an Assistant Director to help support YouthZone staff in their efforts is integral.
"In the immediate future, Jonathan will focus his time on learning the various intricacies of the communities served by YouthZone.  His fluency in Spanish will be a tremendous asset in helping bridge the cultural differences together, as well as help us, as a community, understand each other's needs."
Jonathan will oversee all programs at YouthZone, in addition to supporting staff and their needs.  Understanding that secondary trauma can be prevalent in social work, Jonathan is passionate about helping YouthZone employees continue to work in an atmosphere of respect and peace.
While not at work, Jonathan is looking forward to taking advantage of all of the amenities that Colorado has to offer.  After growing up in an urban environment, he and his wife, and their two children, are excited about spending time in the great outdoors and all of the opportunities that lie ahead.
Take a Trip and Support YouthZone!

We're adding items to the auction for this Fall's YouthZone Ascent fundraiser!  If you are planning to take a trip to a specific destination in the next year, please let Lisa Sobke know so she can add your destination to the auction!

Register Now!
   Support our first annual race to help raise money for kids!

Join us for a fun 5k race, which will start at Two Rivers Park and end at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park!

$25 race entry fee 
before Oct. 3)

Click here for more details or to register!

Stay tuned to future emails specific on the YouthZone Ascent event, as well information on the online auction!
Lori Mueller, Executive Director