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Prevention

Teens

Voyager Youth Program works with Foundations, Nonprofits, the private sector, and public health agencies at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that we have the best resources available for substance abuse prevention. Most importantly, we align all our programs with current standards of evidence; in other words, we only do what has been proven to reduce rates of substance use and abuse among youth.

Voyager provides and supports age-appropriate, evidence-based prevention curricula and resources for Ouray County school districts that meet educational standards and suit the individual school's needs. 

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Results for Ouray County

Every two years, Voyager delivers this valuable survey on youth risk behaviors and attitudes as part of a state-wide effort to understand youth needs and issues. Here are the results of our past surveys.

Prevention Programs

In order to make healthy choices, youth need a lot more than the admonition to "just say no." That's why Voyager Youth Program invests heavily in evidence-based, nationally recognized substance abuse prevention programs. As part of our strategic prevention plan, we train staff to implement programs in local schools that are proven to delay the onset of risk behaviors, or help youth to avoid risk-behaviors out-right.

These programs are delivered at no cost to schools, families, or students because of an Office of Behavioral Health and other generous grants and private donations that Voyager receives to support them.

Current prevention programs available at Ridgway and Ouray Schools include:

  • Homework Help free tutoring
  • Positive Action- a life skills and substance abuse prevention program for Ouray seventh graders (funded by the Office of Behavioral Health)
  • Project Toward No Drug Abuse-an effective drug abuse prevention program that targets senior high school-age youth (funded by the Office of Behavioral Health)
  • Community Action-Basecamp offers a variety of Community Action opportunities including childcare, working at second chance, and more! 
  • Leadership-Basecamp offers leadership opportunities at our teen center and through our Youth Engagement Group.  
  • Lunch Groups- an opportunity to address social & emotional issues in a supportive environment, hosted in collaboration with Juvenile Diversion, for seventh and eighth graders
  • Prevention Week and the annual Safe & Sober After Prom Party- an intensive education week with a mock accident every fourth year followed by a big celebration each April, for high school students, in collaboration with Juvenile Diversion
  • Free Teen Center- Open Monday-Thursday After school-5:30pm. Open during the summer Monday-Thursday 11:00am-5:30pm.  Food, Drinks, Netflix, Games, Outdoor sports and MORE!

Funded by the Office of Behavioral Health.

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