The mission of The Eagle River Youth Coalition is to continuously and collaboratively improve the lives of youth in the most powerful ways possible.
Eagle River Youth Coalition was founded in 2001. It was designed as a collaborative vi-sion of Leadership Vail Valley, the Eagle CARES Survey team and Eagle County to pro-vide cohesion among youth service providers. Eagle River Youth Coalition was tasked with building Positive Youth Development (PYD), a strengths-based approach to ado-lescence, throughout the Eagle River Valley.
Eagle River Youth Coalition 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 continue to drive Eagle River Youth Coalition in collaborative planning of youth services. We work with many service providers, so the community can effectively assess and meet the chang-ing needs of youth, ultimately mobilizing the community for positive change.
Eagle River Youth Coalition has a wide reach but with a vision, a mission and core val-ues rooted in making youth a community priority, Eagle River Youth Coalition rallies support to enable youth to reach their full potential. We listen to the needs of the com-munity and respond with programs that educate, enhance and encourage strong rela-tionships and positive decision making. Continuing to use the PYD framework, Eagle River Youth Coalition provides substance use prevention, safe driving education, youth advocacy and family education throughout the Eagle River Valley.
Eagle River Youth Coalition's work ensures Eagle County youth remain a priority; striv-ing to be a community where young people are equipped with skills that support healthy bodies, healthy minds and improved decision making and leadership skills to guide their lives. We are a nimble organization focused on creating a better Eagle County for all - giving youth a voice in our community.
Youth Leaders Council: "My ultimate life goal is to make a positive impact on as many people as
possible. I want to be proud of the decisions I make and help others make positive choices as well. I joined Youth Leadership Council because I want to make the people around me happier and healthier." "I have been in YLC for four years, and joined it to be a part of the youth voice in the community, to meet people from all around the valley, and to help be a part of the change to better the community and youth!"
Family Education Participants : "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!"
Eat Chat Parent Participants: "The Eat Chat Parent series is absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for offering it to Eagle County parents." "Thank you for taking the time to show me how to help my youth on not having problems with drugs. I appreciate your time. Thank you. I am grateful." "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."
In School Prevention Education Facilitator: "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."
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."