We match youth in Routt County who are between the ages of 7 and17. Youth enrolled in our mentoring program come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
Youth who are considered for our programs must meet at least one of the following qualifications (exceptions are made but must be approved by the Partners Screening Committee).
Our one-to-one mentoring services are delivered by community volunteers who generously give of their time to help youth. There are certain factors that are considered when enrolling a youth in our program that help to ensure a positive experience for all involved.
Once enrolled in the program, Junior and Senior Partners must meet the following partnership requirements:
- Spend time together each week (ideally 12 hours per month) for at least one year.
- Being under the influence of any drugs, alcohol or tobacco when spending time together is strictly prohibited.
- When appropriate visit eachother’s homes.
- Senior Partners will attend a function at the Junior Partner’s school and/or meet his/her teachers or others involved in his/her life.
- Participate in at least two Group Recreational Activities (GRAs) a year.
- Participate in at least one Life Skill Activity (LSAs) a year.
- Senior Partners will attend at least one Senior Partner Only Workshops a year (topic-specific discussions).
- Participate in one community service project a year.
- Call the Case Manager to report any concerns.
Who can refer a child to our program?
We currently receive referrals from other youth serving professionals such as social workers, counselors, probation officers, therapists, and teachers. If you are a parent interested in getting your child involved please speak with the counselor at his/her school or another professional who is working with them.
If I am a youth serving professional, how do I refer a youth to your program?
If you are working with or know a young person who you think might benefit from Partners, please speak with the child and parent or guardian in order to briefly describe Partners and see if they would be interested in participating. Participation in Partners must be voluntary on the part of the Junior Partner (referred youth), and we must have the parent/guardian support for the child to be involved.
If the child and parent/guardian are interested in participating, please:
Complete a Partners Junior Partner Referral Form. For reasons of objectivity, this form must be completed by the person making the referral. The more accurate the information we receive about the child and his/her environment the more accurately we can match him/her with a Senior Partner.
If you are interested in having the child participate in the Bridges Program please note that on the referral Form #15.
Mail, fax, or email the completed referral form to Clarice at PO Box 774325 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 or 970-879-5867 (fax), or firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens after I make a referral?
After receiving the Referral, Partners will contact the child and family to arrange a meeting as soon as possible. The purpose of this meeting is to describe the program in detail and further determine the child and family’s interest. If the youth and family are interested in participating and the child is deemed a proper fit for the program, we begin the Intake Procedure. Partners will contact you to inform you of the child and family’s involvement and if necessary gather more information to assist us in matching the youth.
Partners staff members are trained and experienced in “match-making” and works hard to carefully match Junior and Senior Partners. This process takes time and depending on the pool of individuals available, some may get paired more quickly than others. Boys and youth in Hayden and South Routt tend to wait longer than others as many of our volunteers are Steamboat Springs’ women. Thus, we ask for your understanding and patience as we work hard to find that perfect Senior Partner for the youth that you refer.
You will be notified when the child is matched via the Referral Agency Disposition Letter. If you feel it is necessary to contact the Senior Partner, you will have the information to do so.
Throughout the partnership, we will try hard to keep you informed of the status of the child you referred to Partners. If for some reason a decision is made to terminate the partnership, we will notify you. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you should have any questions concerning the partnership, or if you have any new, useful and pertinent information about the child.
We appreciate your help in providing Routt County youth with positive adult role models.
What do Junior Partners say about PRC?
“Partners is a lot of fun, you get really close (to your Senior Partner) and kinda feel like they are your real brother or sister.”
“Once in a while when I have a fight with a friend; I ask my Senior Partner for advice”
“Partners has a talent for putting people together and making good partnerships”
“We just have fun!”
What do parents say about PRC?
“Our Senior Partner has changed our son’s life in many ways. He’s more communicative, responsible, polite and secure.”
“My daughter loves spending time with her Partner. They seem to have a lot of fun together!”
“Partners has made life a little easier for me being a single mother. I like that it takes some pressure off of me in that way.”
“My son’s Senior Partner is a GREAT role model for my children.”
“My kids love Partners. They get out and do activities they wouldn’t normally get to do. They have a very unique bond with their Partners- I think they’ve grown up a lot this year. Thank you!!”
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