The mission of Partners in Routt County is to build resilient youth in Routt County by creating and supporting meaningful mentoring relationships.
In 1996, a group of local community activists joined forces with the intention of starting a mentoring organization in Routt County. The purpose was to address local youths' increasing levels of high risk behaviors related to alcohol and drug use; interpersonal violence; and lack of protective factors such as "perception of social support from adults" and "positive social norms." After researching several mentoring models, these citizens contacted Partners Mentoring Association and were given the guidance and recommendations to help develop the One-to-One Youth Mentoring Program.
In 1996, Partners in Routt County was launched, and granted its 501(c)(3) status by the IRS, PRC still remains the only mentoring organization in the Routt County. For ten years, PRC's single focus was the One-to-One Youth Mentoring Program. However, in July 2006, PRC assumed all fiscal and programmatic responsibility of the School-Based Mentoring Program, which had been implemented and managed by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. In January 2012, PRC piloted the Lunch Partners Program, in which volunteers from several local companies are paired with a youth on our waiting list and prepare or purchase a healthy lunch to share with him/her at school twice per month. And in 2014, our Nexus and Peer Mentoring Programs were developed, enabling us to serve over 600 at-risk youth each year through innovative, best-practice, and one-on-one mentoring models.
Alysa and Danielle have been matched since April of 2008. In the seven years that they have been partners Danielle has gone through a lot of growth. In the beginning, Danielle was very quiet, she was behind in school, and had very low self-esteem. Alysa made the commitment to see Danielle every Friday after school. They spent time reading, doing homework, working on a novel together, and most importantly developing a very close bond. Alysa tried several times to encourage Danielle to begin taking music lessons - thinking this would not only boost her confidence, but would also develop her mathematical skills. Danielle turned down the music lessons on more than one occasion as she was nervous to perform in front of an audience. Last year, Danielle found a YouTube video featuring a violin that inspired her. With Alysa's assistance Danielle got a violin and began taking weekly lessons. Danielle continues her lessons to this day and blew Alysa away with her solo performance at a recent recital. After ten years the partnership still meets every Friday. Alysa and Danielle's bond is stronger than ever.