In addition to talking to your child about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, it is very important to talk with them about the dangers of taking medications not prescribed for them, including over-the-counter medications.
For 20-plus years, Betsy Shepherd has been the face of Partners in Delta County.
Her title is currently program director for Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray County, but during her career, she says she has done it all.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is taking registrations for the three-on-three winter youth basketball tournament, to be held at the recreation center on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Divisions for the tournament are boys grades 6-7, boys grades 8-9, girls grades 6-7 and girls grades 8-9.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer youth leadership programs. DMEA will sponsor one student to attend the National Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. and three students to attend the Colorado Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs.
Register your child for the City of Delta's Start Smart tennis program. The program is offered Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 29.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering volleyball skills and drills for youth in grades K-4. Registration is from now until Sept. 24; the registration fee is $30.
Anita Evans and her team of volunteers have spent countless hours surveying community stakeholders, attending meetings, writing grants, collecting gear, and a thousand other small but important tasks, all in an effort to help bring Delta County together and offer richer outdoor recreational opportunities for the youth here. Evans and her crew have also worked tirelessly to build relationships with other groups interested in the same outcome: getting kids off screens, and outside.
On April 21, 45 Youth Outdoor Network students celebrated Earth Day and the end of a successful first year at Sweitzer Lake State Park.
Students from the five participating high schools -- Paonia, Delta, Olathe, Cedaredge, and Hotchkiss high schools -- learned survival skills from Anita Evans, director of the Nature Connection. Armed with flint and cottonballs and faced with a ceaseless wind, students raced to build a fire the fastest.
A Youth Summit designed to build interest in local government was hosted by the Delta Youth Council last week. Students from Delta and Cedaredge attended the day-long session, which opened at Bill Heddles Recreation Center with comments from city manager David Torgler and concluded with tours of the courthouse, sheriff's office, Delta City Hall and the city's municipal light and power plant.
A Christian-based group for boys and young men that combines values guidance with outdoor activity is being sponsored by Cedaredge's Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church.
The program, which accepts boys and young men ages five to 17, is affiliated with Trail Life USA.
At the heart of Todd Laws' story is a handful of teachers who took the time to love, support and believe in a kid, and how far-reaching a teacher's dedication can be. In Todd's case, some of his teachers inspired a 30-year ministry with kids through Young Life.
After being placed on "financial leave," area director Ty Gallenbeck is searching for ways to bring stability back to the Young Life program that serves youth at Delta High School, Cedaredge High School and Delta Middle School.
At a gathering of leaders, pastors, parents and community supporters held last week, the need for ongoing financial commitments was stressed.
The Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are looking for hard working, enthusiastic and outdoor-oriented teenagers (16-18 years old) to participate in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The YCC program provides summer employment for youth while accomplishing various types of conservation work involving trail maintenance, range projects, vegetation monitoring and other projects.
Working with Peter Grimson of Cedaredge High School, the Delta Trap Club is developing a scholastic clay target shooting program for youth in the area.
Delta Trap Club has agreed to provide its facility to this group for educational, practice and competition events. Club members are excited to bring the program to this area.
Hundreds of underserved children in the U.S. and throughout the world will receive a gift box this Christmas, thanks to an organization called Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, the nondenominational evangelical Christian organization has coordinated Operation Christmas Child, an international effort to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes to children throughout the world and "to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way."
The Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children's Alliance. The accrediting agency for children's advocacy centers across the country, National Children's Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first.
Building on the positive behavior support system of DOS Dollars, 38 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child are being sent by Delta Opportunity School students.
Knowing that students were earning DOS dollars for exceptional work, excellent behavior and good citizenship, Angela McMurdy and Willyn Webb decided to take it one step further.
The Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church houses the Zero Gravity Youth Group. Recently, the small organization combined with Delta's United Methodist Church to create new connections and formulate new ideas.
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