TEENS, Inc. supports, educates, and empowers youth and their families to make healthy choices and thrive.
TEENS, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization was founded in March 1997 in Nederland, Colorado as an outgrowth of the Town of Nederland Youth Services Programs to ensure that Nederland area youth are not only safe during after school and out-of-school hours, but also have access to a wide range of activities that help them develop the life, educational, and job-related skills they need to become productive, responsible citizens.
In 1999, TEENS, Inc. assumed full responsibility for administering the Teen Center to ensure its youth programs would not be affected by local government instability or political pressures. Through a three-year capital campaign begun in 1997, TEENS, Inc. raised over $1,000,000 to fund the construction of a new Nederland Teen Center. This 6,800 square foot facility opened its doors on January 2, 2000 and currently provides programs for youth of all ages and their families. Programs are free for youth 11-21, while activities for other age groups require a nominal use fee, creating a diversified revenue stream.
In 2002, TEENS, Inc., in collaboration with Boulder Valley School District, established Chinook West in response to the #1 need identified in the community. Since its inception, Chinook West has served 147+ area disadvantaged youth who have dropped out or are at risk for doing so. Recently receiving a unanimous 5-year accreditation from AdvancEd, Chinook West has the highest graduation rate of any alternative high school in Boulder County.
In 2015 we entered in to a contract with the State of Colorado for an education program modeled on Chinook West to 140 incarcerated youth, ages 14-20 at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services facility in Golden, Colorado.
QUOTES from The Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference -
June of 2019 where some of our students gave a presentation:
Pagosa Springs school representative ... "This is the best presentation I have participated in during several conferences"
BVSD student : on the youth board of TGYS : I wish more schools were as inclusive of students as Chinook West is."
QUOTES from Chinook West:
Parent : "I use the life effectiveness skills emphasized at CW as a framework to talk with my son, because it bridges school and life."
Administrator : While speaking to a student about an important school related decision .. the student reflected a bit and asked whether his decision affected his goals.
Student - during interviews : "I like everything about CW."
QUOTE from TeamWorks Employment Program:
"I really enjoyed working on / building trails. I think it has been really cool to see us make something." When asked if he would like to do youth corps again next summer, Sajan Malla, who is going into his freshman year said, " Yes, because I enjoyed working here this summer. I got to meet a lot of people and make friends with them and I made money."
QUOTE from a parent:
"He has learned to be more responsible. He now manages his time more effectively. He thoroughly completes tasks. He has become more aware of his surroundings and how to handle adverse situations.
QUOTE form a teen:
"Honestly, It feels good to have a place where it's safe to vent."