History of PRC
Over 18 years ago, a group of concerned local citizens and youth service professionals came together to form a grassroots committee with the intent of starting a mentoring organization in Routt County. The purpose was to address local youths’ increasing levels of high risk behaviors related to alcohol and drug use; interpersonal violence; and lack of protective factors such as “perception of social support from adults” and “positive social norms.” Mentoring services was identified as an effective strategy to affect positive changes in the emerging population of at-risk youth. After researching several models, the committee contacted Partners Mentoring Association (PMA) and was given assistance to develop Partners in Routt County (PRC). In 1996, PRC was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS and remains the only mentoring organization in the county.
Responding to the needs identified by school administrators for additional support for their students who were at risk for school disengagement due to similar challenges listed above, the AmeriCorps School-Based Mentoring Program was started in 2000 by Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC). PRC collaborated with RMYC for six years prior to assuming full fiscal and programmatic responsibility in 2006. The need for emotional, social and academic support remains the same, although the student population has grown, especially within the Latino demographic. Thus, the mentoring intervention strategy has remained consistent and effective, with the added value of providing after-school programming and service learning projects. The AmeriCorps program has grown in the number of mentors, originally three, to the current ten in a total of nine schools.
Partners in Routt County (PRC) is incorporated in the State of Colorado as Partners in Routt County, Inc. PRC is a 501(c)(3) federally tax exempt organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office (Colorado Charitable Solicitation Act).
Partners is a member in good standing of the Partners Mentoring Association and meets the accreditation standards for quality mentoring services.
Building resilient youth in Routt County by creating and supporting meaningful mentoring relationships.
PRC’s vision is that all Routt County youth will be empowered to live healthy, productive lives, to contribute to their community, and to successfully pursue their dreams.