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Partners in Routt County relocation promotes sustainability for mentoring programs and benefits local nonprofits.

Steamboat Springs, CO, Release: September 17, 2019. For Immediate Release

Partners in Routt County (PRC) is excited to announce that we will be relocating to 2673 Jacob Circle, Steamboat Springs, CO.  This move is a vital step as Partners continues to experience programmatic expansion. Partners will now be in a better position for the future growth and sustainability of our critical mentoring programs, aligning with our comprehensive strategic plan and our mission of providing long-term support to Routt County youth.

PRC has been serving the community since 1996, with a mission of building resilient youth by creating and supporting meaningful mentoring relationships. Partners in Routt County currently operates Community Based and School Based Mentoring programs supporting youth ages 7 to 17.

In our search for a new home, the Jacob Circle property quickly rose to the top of the list for its size, condition, location and value.  PRC is grateful for the generosity of a private donor who has stepped up to purchase the property and work with PRC on a long-term lease with the potential for purchasing in the future. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, another Steamboat based nonprofit that focuses on youth, has also committed to the shared space.

“When considering the Jacob Circle property, one of the most appealing aspects was the idea that we could invite other nonprofits to share the space, thus creating a central place for many nonprofit services in Routt County and maximizing the benefits to the entire community,” said PRC Executive Director, Michelle Petix. “PRC has a strong reputation as a leader in youth services and community collaboration, and with the help of the private funder, we are able to pursue the vision of shared resources.”

On Friday, September 20, 2019, PRC will be making the big move to the new property and are looking for helpers.  If you are available for a couple of hours to help us move, please sign up to volunteer at bit.ly/partnersmove. In the coming weeks, PRC will announce the date of an open house for the community to visit and celebrate our new home.

To learn more about the property and rental opportunity contact: Michelle Petix, michelle@partnersrouttcounty.org

To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community, to donate or to find volunteer opportunities visit: www.partnersrouttcounty.org.

History of PRC

In 1996, 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.

PRC runs two mentoring programs; Community Based Mentoring and School Based Mentoring. The Community Based Mentoring program serves youth, ages 7-17 who are referred by other youth serving professionals for the purpose of receiving additional support and encouragement from a positive adult mentor. Each youth (Junior Partner) is matched with an adult volunteer (Senior Partner) who is recruited, screened, trained, and supervised by PRC. The Senior Partner makes a commitment to spend a few hours a week with his or her Junior Partner for a minimum of one year. The Senior Partner serves as friend, advocate, and role model to the Junior Partner.

Since 1996, hundreds of partnerships have been created. In one calendar year, Senior Partners spend over 7,800 hours with their Junior Partners. Therefore, since 1996, Senior Partners have devoted over 100,000 hours of their time bettering the lives of Routt County youth! Expected results for One-to-One include: increased or maintained levels of self-esteem, commitment to school, self-efficacy, self-control, bonding to adults, decision-making skills, attitudes against ATOD (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) use, perceived harm of use, greater commitment to not use substances, and decreased school failure and delinquency.

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 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 program has grown in the number of mentors, originally three, to the current six in a total of five schools.

Partners in Routt County 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).

PRC is a member in good standing of the Partners Mentoring Association and meets the accreditation standards for quality mentoring services.

Our Mission:

Building resilient youth in Routt County by creating and supporting meaningful mentoring relationships.

Our Vision:

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.