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.
"I had the best summer working with TeamWorks! I learned so many things including leadership skills, communication skills, technical skills, how to respect others, and much more. I have met so many friends and working with them was awesome. TeamWorks rocks!" -Susma Gurung
"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."
"Honestly, It feels good to have a place where it's safe to vent."
~ Ben, 12th Grade
After the Girls Spring Break Empowerment program , Anneli (18yrs) stated, "My confidence and self-esteem changed tremendously on this trip. I feel better about my abilities, inner qualities, and who I am as a person. I feel I have let go of a lot of anxieties and insecurities that were holding me back."
" I have worked with teens during my career - and have logged in over 2,000 man hours on this property since the floods in September from various organizations---and it is really rare to see kids with so much team work, camaraderie, and enthusiasm. Whoever was responsible for putting this together - especially Molly, from TEENS, Inc. - were great at identifying a culture of support and community service. These were a really dedicated group of kids." ~ Doug Spense - Loveland Landowner and Flood Victim
My daughter is an extremely intelligent and talented young woman , but was struggling in the traditional High School environment. She was contemplating quitting school until she entered Chinook West at the beginning of the second semester. The change was almost immediate. Her level of commitment, homework time and enthusiasm for learning soared. To our delight she not only doesn't want to quit school any longer, she is excited to graduate!
~ Kathy, parent