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Find support from a mentor

Find support from a mentor

When you hit the Colorado Youth at Risk website, you’ll find inspiring stories such as this one:

“Salvador C.’s life was plagued by gangs, drugs and violence. He cut class and struggled relating to his family. He was in trouble, and he knew it.

“He took the first big step. He joined CYAR’s Steps Ahead program as a freshman at Aurora Central High School. At the launch course in the mountains, away from the turmoil, Salvador met James D. They formed an instant connection, and Salvador gained a mentor. Salvador could feel things changing, because he ‘knew he (James) wasn’t going to let me fail or go down bad paths.’

“James faced a very common challenge facing mentors: creating lines of communication.

“James then took a big step. He took Salvador to the outdoors and exposed him to activities he’d never experienced. They went fishing. They hiked Red Rocks and Dinosaur Ridge. They built trust. Salvador opened up to James, and James opened up to Salvador.

“Salvador learned healthy outlets for his stress and anger and began to thrive. He stopped doing drugs and quit his gang involvement. He went to class, and his grades climbed dramatically, achieving A’s and B’s to raise his GPA to well above 3.0.”

The CYAR provides adult mentors for high-school-age teens who are at risk of dropping out of high school. All mentors are 21 years of age or older.

Many of these teens find a role model they can look up to, an outlet for their emotions or just a good friend when friends are hard to find. CYAR operates is several schools in metro Denver, including Manual, George Washington and Aurora Central High School. Teens volunteer to participate and be paired with a mentor.

If you are a teen interested in recommending yourself for the program, contact CYAR here.

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