The COVID-19 Pandemic has left many youth and families experiencing high levels of anxiety, stress, and conflict.
Because of this, high risk behaviors are being noted in our adolescent population at staggering levels. Although The Center is here to provide case management, classes and support to address these issues, we cannot continue to do this work without the support and generosity of our community members like you.
Take Jake. He is fifteen, and lives in Fort Collins with his mom and dad. He is an average student, not very involved with school or sports. Over the summer, Jake gets caught by the police with marijuana and receives a summons to court. Jake's parents are angry and scared. They believe that Jake is a good kid but their techniques for reprimanding Jake haven't worked. Jake and his family meet with the district attorney's office about options. Jake can go to district court with the possibility of having a juvenile record, or he can go into a diversion program at The Center for Family Outreach.
At The Center, Jake takes weekly classes, performs supervised community service and submits to regular drug testing. Jake and his family are in partnership with a skillful case manager who provides a positive but firm expectation. The program has a high success rate - on average, 86% of participants complete all program requirements and have legal charges dropped from their records. It costs nearly $900 for each student to receive services at The Center. Although all programs are offered on a sliding scale and each family pays at least part of the program fee, a gap remains.
Your support is vital in assisting parents and teenagers succeed during the adolescent years. Would you please help families in our community today with your generous donation?