Welcome to Voyager Youth Program!

Voyager Youth Program seeks to inspire the youth of Ouray County to achieve healthy lives through prevention education and experiential activities with a purpose.

We work in partnership with local schools and other organizations to create a community that encourages healthy choices and helps youth to avoid substance abuse and other risk behaviors.

News & Prevention Resources

Earlier this month, La Plata County hosted a Community Cannabis Forum to discuss impacts of marijuana's legalization on youth. Christian Thurstone, MD specializes in drug treatment of youth and has consolidated the best research to date on marijuana. Here, in four sections, is his full presentation to the Community Cannabis Forum. For anyone interested, it is an excellent consolidation of what we know and what we don't: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0cNtW4ZOGxmUJmnE1V0RqC7UqlRz45x_

 

  • Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse

    A Voyager parent who is also a family therapist recommended this resource for all parents who want to be better informed about protecting their children from sexual abuse. This site is dedicated to that purpose.

  • For Parents: Talking to Kids About Marijuana

    Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado for adult, recreational use, youth perceptions of its harmfulness are falling. Unfortunately, THC exposure in childhood and adolescence is linked to permanent cognitive damage, and the high THC content of marijuana in Colorado is leading to higher rates of addiction. This resource is a guide for parents to talk with kids about why marijuana is not for people under the age of 21.

  • The Big Deal- Marijuana's Effect on Youth

    This fact sheet from the Colorado Department of Education outlines what we know about marijuana's effect on adolescent cognitive, emotional, and physical health and development.

  • The Danger of Mixing Alcohol and Marijuana

    With 1 in 8 Colorado High School students reporting binge drinking and using marijuana within the previous 30 days, awareness needs to be raised of the danger of mixing these two substances. CDPHE's Speak Now! Campaign to prevent youth substance abuse has added this informative page to their website.