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2013 ANNUAL REPORT

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Strengthen
community
collaboration to
enable youth to
reach their full
potential.

The mission of The Eagle River Youth Coalition
is to collaborate with Eagle River youth-serving
organizations to assess prevention needs, coordinate
substance abuse prevention efforts and build capacity
through strategic plans, programs and policies
around the issues facing young people.
VI SI ON
MI SSI ON
MAKING
YOUTH A
COMMUNITY
PRIORITY
ERYC utilizes collaboration, outreach, and prevention
programs and services to tackle three main areas that
affect the development of youth including: substance
abuse prevention, wellness and mental health
promotion and academic achievement.
PRI ORI TI ES
BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT
James Wilkins
VICE PRESIDENT
Robert Ticer
SECRETARY
Mike Kowalski
TREASURER
Kristi Grems
MEMBERS
Carlos Abel
Edgar Arroyo
Andrej Birjulin
Sara Coulter
Sara Fisher
Remy Lovett
Tony Mauro
Jeanne McQueeney
Sheri Mintz
Jason Platt
Toni Rozanski
Matt Teeters
Jeremy Thelen
STAFF
(LEFT TO RIGHT)
Drew Kartos
Michelle Stecher
Jason Peck
(NOT PICTURED)
Candace Eves, Lucy
Cummings, Mikayla Curtis
MEMBER
AGENCIES
Avon Police Department
Bright Future Foundation
CMC Upward Bound
Colorado State
University Extension
Eagle County
Prevention Committee
Eagle County Schools
Eagle County
Sheriffs Ofce
Eagle Valley Alliance
for Sustainability
Eagle Valley Library District
Early Childhood Partners
First Bank
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Mind Springs Health
Red Ribbon Project
Samaritan Center
of the Rockies
SOS Outreach
Starting Hearts
SpeakUp ReachOut
Vail International Hockey
Vail Valley Foundation
Vail Valley Salvation Army
Walking Mountains
Science Center
Womens
Empowerment Workshop
BOARD CHAIR
EAGLE RIVER YOUTH COALITION
JAMES WILKINS MICHELLE STECHER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
EAGLE RIVER YOUTH COALITION
As we reect on 2013, the Eagle River Youth Coalition is reminded of the unique
role we serve in convening local agencies around positive change for local youth.
We are honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with diverse partners to
assess prevention needs in our community and build capacity through strategic plans,
programs, and policies around the issues facing young people.
This past year was marked by many successes. First, ERYC spearheaded the largest
local youth behavioral assessment to date, with over 2,600 students from ten middle
and high schools participating in the biennial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. Results
will ensure the community has a current and accurate knowledge of the obstacles and
trends facing youth in the Eagle River Valley, and that partners can mobilize to meet
those needs. Secondly, ERYC convened a group of teens from six area high schools to
serve an advisory role for coalition and community-wide initiatives through the Youth
Leaders Council. Additionally, ERYC redesigned our social media platforms, providing
member agencies and coalition initiatives with increased visibility throughout the
community and increasing buy-in among local young people. Finally, expanded
outreach to parents led to increased attendance at educational events. By focusing on
prevention efforts, ERYC has been able to achieve broad reaching, highly impactful,
sustainable change to create a healthier community for our youth.
None of our accomplishments would be possible without the tremendous contributions
of our incredible staff, donors, partners, and members. We thank each of you for your
assistance and support over the past year, and we look forward to continuing our
partnership as we work towards our goal of becoming a leader in collaborative youth
development in 2014.
GREETINGS TO ERYC MEMBERS, FRIENDS + SUPPORTERS,
Government Grants Special Events
Corporate +
Foundation Grants
Earned Income +
Membership
Thanks to generous support from the local
community, businesses, foundations, and individuals
like you, the Eagle River Youth Coalition continues to
make a positive impact on young peoples lives.
There are many ways you can help to inspire youth
and families to reach their full potential. Become a
volunteer, mentor, student leader, member agency,
business supporter or nancial contributor.
GET INVOLVED
SUPPORT + CONTRIBUTIONS
THANK YOU
$243, 447
2013 Revenue Total $305,447
$25,515 $22,390 $14,095
The Eagle River Youth Coalition continually strives to cultivate relationships with
supporters who share our passion for making youth a community priority.
79.7% 8.4% 7.3% 4.6%
My favorite parts
about serving others are
the journey of meeting
new people and the
feeling of excitement
you get when you have
accomplished your job.
Leslie Cano
Prairie Pioneer Award recipient &
Youth Leaders Council participant

In 2013, the Eagle River
Youth Coalition broadened
its impact, reaching
I think it is very important for everyone to
have a say in their community, and as sad
as it is, the youth are often left out.
Skylar Chaney
Youth Leaders Council participant
YOUTH
+ FAMILIES
3,000
OVER
Connect With ERYC & Connect to Your Community
970.949.9250
|
eagleyouth.org
NETWORKING + TRAINING
ERYC coordinates professional development opportunities from renowned
trainers on topics relevant to their work and organization. These events serve as a
capacity building and networking opportunity for service providers to collaborate
on programming, ensuring the most effective and efcient services are being
delivered to Eagle County youth and families.
Additionally, ERYC facilitates a variety of community outreach benets, including
a comprehensive social media package.
HEALTHY KIDS COLORADO SURVEY
Data analysis is at the heart of the Eagle River Youth Coalitions efforts. Gathering,
analyzing and sharing data navigates youth programming efforts throughout the
community. Working collaboratively with service providers ensures that Eagle
County organizations deliver unduplicated, necessary programs and services
to local youth and families. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, administered by
ERYC on a biennial basis to middle and high school students, measures honest
youth behaviors, perceptions and attitudes. Survey administration grew to over
2,600 students, reaching ten middle and high schools in 2013, ensuring the most
comprehensive administration to date.
SURVEY DATA ENABLES THE COMMUNITY TO:
Identify and prioritize youth and family programs and service needs
Promote comprehensive prevention and intervention collaborations
Support funding requests and implement wellness policies
ERYC coordinated the
largest local Healthy Kids
Colorado Survey to date
FROM TEN MIDDLE
+ HIGH SCHOOLS
2,600
OVER
SURVEYING
STUDENTS
REAL STUDENTS.
REAL DATA.
REAL RESULTS.
Eagle River Youth Coalition prevention efforts are rooted in the positive youth
development model, providing a strengths-based approach to promote exceptional
behavior in young people. One primary prevention strategy addresses the asset
of positive peer inuence through evidence-based social norms marketing. Goals
of the Eagle County You Told Us positive social norms campaign are to align
perceptions with actual behaviors, encourage conversation about behaviors and
choices, and raise awareness about local behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions.
POSITIVE SOCIAL NORMS CAMPAIGN
53%
of Eagle County youth
thought it would be easy or
very easy to get marijuana if
they wanted some
20%
of Eagle County youth have
had ve or more drinks of
alcohol one or more times in
the past 30 days
(binge drinking)
37%
of Eagle County youth
have used marijuana
19%
of Eagle County youth rode in
a vehicle driven by someone
who had been drinking
alcohol in the last 30 days
2013
HEALTHY KIDS
COLORADO
SURVEY RESULTS
For complete survey results please visit eagleyouth.org.
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2 OUT OF 3 OF YOUR PEERS ARE MAKING POSITIVE CHOICES
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N= 769 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 2011-2012
Funding Provided By: Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health and Drug Free Communities
think the things
they learn in school
are going to be
important later
in life.
YOUTH INITIATIVES
The Youth Initiatives committee is composed of Eagle River Youth Coalition board members,
individuals from partner organizations, as well as community members. Youth Initiatives is
designed to identify community needs, analyze strategic efforts and plan and implement
specic strategies to meet the needs of youth in the community.
YOUTH LEADERS COUNCIL
Established in 2006, the Youth Leaders Council
(YLC) provides an opportunity for youth to
cultivate community change. Students serve an
advisory role for various community initiatives
while gaining leadership skills and completing
service learning projects.
In 2013, YLC consisted of 26 local youth
representing six area high schools. Students
foster rapport and team building skills through
an annual retreat and monthly engagements.
2013 YLC ADVISORY ROLES:
Youth Depression, Suicide
& Anxiety Services
Project Sticker Shock (underage
alcohol & drug consumption)
Eagle County Healthy Food Options
& Community Garden Awareness
Family Planning and Teen
Pregnancy Prevention
The Youth Leaders Council
entered its 6th year, with
2013 YOUTH
LEADERS COUNCIL
STUDENTS REPORTED
THE FOLLOWING:
serving in an advisory
capacity for the coalition.
of students showed increased
knowledge of how leadership
functions in the community
of students feel their voice
and opinions are heard
of students reported taking
responsibility for their
actions and decisions
FROM 6 DIFFERENT
SCHOOLS
26
STUDENTS
8 0%
93%
86%
PARENTING EFFORTS
Parenting can be the hardest yet most rewarding responsibility a person may have. In an effort to provide resources
and education to local parents, the Eagle River Youth Coalition hosts the free Dinner & Dialogue series. This bilingual,
bicultural series offers a forum to encourage open conversation and skills building among parents and local experts
about the challenges and rewards of parenting.
PARENTS MATTER.
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE.
In 2013, ERYC provided seven different Dinner &
Dialogue sessions to 166 community members.
TOPICS INCLUDE:
Healthy Living (offered in two locations)
Substance Use and Abuse
Depression and Suicide
Underage Drinking, Drug Use & Consequences
Healthy Relationships
Sports Concussions and The Student Athlete
PLUG INTO YOUR TEENS
Active Parenting of Teens is an evidence - based
series offered in both English and Spanish,
brought to Eagle County in 2012 to ll a need
for more intensive education for parents of teens.
Over 50 Active Parenting participants were
trained in 2013 and 59% received a scholarship
to participate. ERYC is eager to maintain and
enhance Active Parenting in 2014.
engaged in education
and outreach initiatives
AS A RESULT OF 2013
DINNER & DIALOGUE
SESSIONS, PARENT
ATTENDEES REPORTED
THE FOLLOWING:
reported increased
knowledge
on the topic
The Dinner & Dialogue program helps me
better understand stresses that occur in our
high schools. I feel better equipped to speak
with my daughter about these issues.
- Dinner & Dialogue Parent Participant
reported increased
condence in discussing
the topic with their child
could identify local
are sources related
to the topic
300
OVER
LOCAL PARENTS
90% 86% 89%
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION EFFORTS
The Eagle River Youth Coalitions efforts surrounding substance abuse incorporate
prevention, intervention and enforcement measures in the community. ERYC encourages
community mobilization to address behaviors and attitudes around substance use norms,
critical in spearheading larger community change.
ERYC partners with Eagle County Schools to offer the evidence-based Project Towards
No Drug Abuse curriculum to students through health classes, and expanded in-school
programming to middle school students in 2013 with the evidence-based Project Alert
program. Services such as educational forums on local youth behaviors and trends
initiate community dialogue on current prevention and intervention needs. Collaboration
with youth and retail partners continues to drive the Project Sticker Shock prevention
education campaign. Conversations with politicians surrounding policy change initiatives
encourage community-wide awareness. Finally, ERYC partners with law enforcement to
support enforcement initiatives.
Promising trends show a decrease in local teen alcohol consumption.
However, underage drinking in Eagle County has traditionally
occurred at higher rates than Colorado and national counterparts.
* 2013 Colorado and National data not available at time of printing
PAST 30 DAYS USE : ALCOHOL (GRADES 9-12)
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Sara Coulter
Vail Christian High School Student
& ERYC Board Member
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the well-being of youth
in our community and
I think ERYC plays a
large role in addressing
their needs.
* 2013 Colorado and National data not available at time of printing
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52%
of Eagle County youth feel
the things they are learning
in school will be important
for them later in life
71%
of Eagle County
youth participate
in extracurricular
activities at school
96%
of Eagle County youth
feel it is important to
nish high school
93%
of Eagle County youth
feel it is important
to go to college
Membership in ERYC keeps Early Childhood
Partners connected with all the other non-
prots that are working with young children
and youth in our valley. The networking
assures that services and programs are
complementary and not duplicative allowing
for the best use of our limited resources.
Jeanne McQueeney
Executive Director, Early Childhood Partners
2013
HEALTHY KIDS
COLORADO
SURVEY RESULTS
Colorado Youth Corps Association
United Way of Eagle River Valley
Vail Valley Cares
Colorado Department of Human Services,
Ofce of Behavioral Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, Drug Free Communities
Eagle County Government
Alpine Arts
Arriesgado Clothing
Avalanche Hot Springs
Avon Liquors
Awaken Annie
Banglz Salon
Batter Cupcakes
Beehive Technologies
Big O Tires
Bliss Studio
Blitz
Blue Moose Pizza
Bonre Brewing
Bookworm
Brinca Brinca
Brooke Heather Photography
C Bar
The Chophouse
Christy Sports
Cinebistro
Clagget Rey Gallery
Cogswell Gallery
Columbine Bakery
Cool Radio, LLC
Cosbar
Crazy Mountain Brewery
Double Diamond
Dusty Boot & Luigis
Eagle Ranch Golf Course
EPS Design & Print
Erica Harvey
Eves Family
Global Child
The Golden Bear
Gore Range Brewery
Gypsum Golf Course
Home Chefs of Vail
Heather OMalley
Jake & Jasper
John Smith Artwork
James VanFossen Artwork
Jointworx
Kids Cottage
KZYR Radio
La Bottega
IN KIND SUPPORT
BUSINESS DONORS
GRANTS & FOUNDATION SUPPORT
GOVERNMENT PARTNERS
info@eagleyouth.org PO BOX 4613 EDWARDS, CO 81632 970. 949. 9250 eagleyouth.org
INDIVIDUAL DONORS
Andrej Birjulin
Anne-Marie Keane
Beth and Rick Reilly
Beth Pantzer
Betty J and Garrett Smith
Candace and Eric Eves
Charlie Wick
Cheryl and Bill Jensen
Danielle Towle
Doris Bailey
Douglas Frydenlund
Dwight Henninger
Ellen Moritz
Gail Molloy
Glenda and Marc Wentworth
Holly Strablizky
Hope Tudanger
James and Olga Wilkins
Janet and Omar El-Bitar
Jason Platt
Jeanne and Harry McQueeney
Jeff Layman
Jennifer Richert
Jose Hernandez
Judith Sim
Judith Smith
Karen Eyrich
Karen Simon
Kate and Carl Cocchiarella
Kerri and Jeremy Thelen
Laine and Mervyn Lapin
Larry and Sandi Agneberg
Laurel and Harry Sandell
Lauren and James Mill
Leslie Lovett
Alpine Bank
Cascade Village Theater
Chase Bank
East West Resorts
Eagle Ranch Association
First Bank
Climax Molybdenum
JP Morgan and Chase
Lapin Family Charitable Fund
RA Nelson
US Bank
Vail Valley Dental Care
Vail Valley Medical Center
Walmart
2013 SUPPORTERS
INDIVIDUAL DONORS
Linda and Joe Hoy
Lisa Siegert-Free
Mark Donaldson
Mark Fenstermacher
Martin Campos
Matt Teeters
Michael and Elizabeth Hartel
Michael and Maria Kowalski
Michelle and Ryan Stecher
Mikayla Curtis
Molly and James McGalliard
Narda Reigel
Nicole and Andy Dewell
Norman Smith
Pamela and Denis Beaudin
Patricia and Rex Brown
Patti Cogswell
Remy Lovett
Richard Hicks
Rick Walter
Robert Ticer
Robert Wood
Rosemary Lambert
Russell and Allison Molina
Samantha Pirrallo
Sandra and Jordan Goncharoff
Sara Fahrney
Sheri Mintz
Signe Jones
Susan and Harry Frampton
Tom Moorhead
Toni Rozanski
Tracey Baumgardner
Vali and Willy Wilcox
Warren Brandt