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.
In 2019, two of Nederland's long-standing Early Childhood Education centers, Little Bear and Aspen Grove Community Preschool, decided to close their doors, creating a critical gap in quality child care programs in the Nederland community. TEENS, Inc., has worked closely with the Boards and staff of these centers and stepped forward to fill this gap creating the New Explorers Learning Center (NELC). We are excited to have begun this new endeavor and commit to serving Nederland's youngest learners. For over 20 years, TEENS, Inc. has historically responded with programming to fill youth and family needs within the Nederland community. As with all our programs, we will serve all families and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
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."
BVSD student : on the youth board of TGYS : I wish more schools were as inclusive of students as Chinook West is."
QUOTE from TeamWorks Employment Program:
"This has been one of the best summers I've ever had because it taught me about friendship, teamwork and hard work."
QUOTES from Teachers:
"It was fast, resulted in a positive outcome, and I believe our relationship is now stronger because we worked through the issue." - Nederland teacher about Restorative Practices in her classroom.
"My students use these tools and space on a daily basis.
I don't know what I would do without it." - 3rd Grade Teacher speaking about Social Emotional Learning
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 from a teen:
"Honestly, It feels good to have a place where it's safe to vent."