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.
"Cash's smile lights up the room when his senior partner, Jon, walks in the room. Spending time with Jon is, by far, the highlight of Cash's week. Together they have fished, built snow forts, geo-cashed, made ginger bread houses, skied, hung out, fished some more, camped, and this summer, backpacked around the Zirkle Circle. Cash is surrounded by a loving extended family, however he had a lot of trauma in his early life and he desperately needed a male role model to connect with and guide him. And he has flourished with the one-on-one attention of an adult who "gets" him and can be there for fun and support - he feels valued and is more confident and more resilient in the face of difficulties and challenges. As Cash's mom, I am so very grateful that there is this one, amazing, person who is willing to share his heart, and dedicate his time, to my son. I am forever grateful to Cash's senior partner, and to Partners in Routt County, for this amazing gift." - Parent of a Junior Partner in the Community Based Mentoring program
"The best thing about having a mentor was that I could get advice, and she was there to listen and help me through difficult times." - Student in the School Based Mentoring program