A youth painted this to signify her journey to a healthier perspective on her life and shared its’ meaning here:
Life Goes On What is responsibility? Defined by the dictionary as the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or having control over someone. To me though, it means a lot more. Taking responsibility means that you can acknowledge that you are in control of your choices and actions. It involves an understanding that your decisions impact yourself and others, and you are accountable for the outcomes that follow. By accepting personal accountability, you can then learn from those actions and how to prevent them in the future. After researching the SAM Spady Story, the 19-year-old student at CSU who had died from alcohol poisoning, I have begun taking my personal responsibility more important. I now have a much better understanding of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and I want to take my peers and my safety seriously especially as I head into my first year of college at CSU in the fall. As I take this new step in my life, college, I want to be prepared and knowledgeable about what I may come across, and how to safely handle each situation that I or my peers may encounter. I chose to draw as well for my final project which represents where I was in the past, which eventually transforms into what I have grown into. I wanted it to show that everybody makes mistakes and that it’s okay to slip up, as long as you learn from it. I have learned a lot through this whole experience, and as much as it has sucked at some points, it has also been very beneficial to me both mentally and physically. Life goes on, even if mistakes are made. Mistakes help you grow, they help you learn, and they help you prosper.
A Parent's Story
We could never repay Laurie and the staff at The Center for giving us our daughter back.
There was a time when Camryn’s life revolved around drinking, drugs, ditching school, fighting and breaking the law. She was at the lowest point in her life. We had tried and tried and had lost all control of her.
We are proud to say that she is sober, going to graduate high school on time, happy and stable and looking forward to her future.
Most of all she loves herself again.
This would not have been possible without the unconditional support she received while attending the center. They looked not at what Camryn was showing them, but what she could be.
With the group classes, counseling, and overall making her feel supported and not giving up on her. Calling her out and making her be 100% accountable for her actions and her choices, and giving her the tools to change her life. Over time Camryn found herself and never wants to return to the way she was before. Laurie has done more than she has to every day and night to support Camryn and her other kids. Laurie builds a life long bond with each one of them.
The Center for Family Outreach is an amazing place with amazing staff. They give young kids and their families from all walks of life the second chance and the tools for a new life they all deserve.
— Sheila Millard
Listen to "Can You See Me?" - A song birthed from the new beginnings of a mother and daughter's relationship.
The mission of The Center for Family Outreach is to help Larimer County youth and their families achieve and sustain long-term positive change and healthy relationships.
The Center for Family Outreach was established in 1999 to improve the lives of Larimer County youth (ages 11 - 18) and their families struggling with underage drinking, substance abuse and other high-risk adolescent behavior. Over the past 20+ years, more than 5,200 adolescents, primarily first-time offenders with substance-related charges, have been referred to our program through the district attorney's office and juvenile court. Most have successfully completed our program, had all legal charges dropped from their records and put their lives back on track.
In 2011, we opened our proven, early intervention, prevention and educational programs to the entire community to help youth before involvement with the juvenile justice system, before they become addicted to alcohol or drugs and before their health is impacted by long-term substance abuse. In 2013, we further expanded our early intervention services to youth, and now work with youth ages 11-18.
- Improve the lives of children, teens and families by reducing the numbers of youth using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Larimer County.
- Improve community safety by reducing youth crime and violence in Larimer County.
- Provide direct intervention, education, support and prevention services to more youth and families struggling with substance abuse and high-risk adolescent behaviors by serving teens referred by the DA's office and probation department, as well as teens and families who self-enroll with no juvenile justice involvement.
- Decrease numbers of youth entering Larimer County juvenile justice system.
In June 2023, we opened up Larimer County's first Teen Center, called TAC212. This center strives to be the community and resources hub for 13–18-year-olds in the Northern Colorado area. TAC 212 has been created by the partnership with The Center for Family Outreach and Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and the Youth Advisory Committee.
TAC 212 strives to be an inclusive and fun space as well as a drug and alcohol-free place. We hope TAC 212 becomes a “Third” space outside of school and home for teens to feel supported and make lasting connections.
The Center for Family Outreach
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212 W. Mountain Ave. Suite B Fort Collins, CO 80521