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.
The Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC) was founded in 2001 through a collaborative vision of Leadership Vail Valley, the Eagle CARES Survey team, and Eagle County to provide cohesion among youth service providers. ERYC was charged with overseeing data assessment to ensure the community had an honest measure of youth behaviors and perceptions and a way to analyze effectiveness and gaps in youth services. These outcomes would drive ERYC's leadership in collaborative planning of youth services. By working together with a diverse variety of service providers, the community can more effectively assess and meet the changing needs of youth and mobilize the community for positive change.
Since our inception in 2001, ERYC has expanded beyond a sole focus on collaborative support to address gaps and offer a variety of prevention programming. Through strong partnerships with local, state and federal governments as well as youth program providers, ERYC provides substance use disorder prevention, strategic collaboration, and parent outreach efforts throughout the Eagle River Valley.
It is an honor for ERYC to represent the great work of various youth service providers, and to work collaboratively to ensure the health of Eagle County youth remains a priority.
Youth Leaders Council: "YLC has given me an opportunity to voice my opinion as a youth of this community as well as listen to other youth in the community and their opinions and views. In ways, YLC has helped me to open my mind to different ideas and different people." "Youth Leaders Council and Eagle River Youth Coalition have given me a voice in my community that I didn't think I had." -YLC Participants
Parent Programs: "The Active Parenting of Teens series was so helpful. We covered all kinds of topics, real issues about current challenges parents face. I appreciated the common sense practical approach to parenting and would recommend it to any parent with a teen!" - Active Parenting of Teens Participant
"The Eat Chat Parent series is absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for offering it to Eagle County parents." "Very comfortable setting and the open discussion was terrific. Thank you!" "A lot of times I feel like a bad parent for getting upset with my children or always having to negotiate with them. It made me feel good to hear that it was OK because it comes from a place of love." -Eat Chat Parent Participants
In School Education: "The students have been extremely engaged in discussions throughout this curriculum. I find that allowing students a chance to practice the skills they are learning in a safe environment helps to reinforce said skills. This program helps students understand the benefits of not using alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana and develop positive alternatives to use. This program strongly encourages self-efficacy, allowing the students to use this information to make decisions for themselves." -Project Alert Facilitator
Community Partner: "The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is a great asset to our community. The data helps nonprofits with grant writing and helps us form strategic alliances to address issues. ERYC's leadership in getting the survey completed and results disseminated is invaluable to the community." - Eagle County Commissioner
ERYC Supporter: "I have chosen to give to ERYC because it's a local organization that helps local youth. I like the surveys, and Eat Chat Parent for parents, and I know every penny of money that is donated to ERYC is put to good use."
- Advocate Donor