Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

A nonprofit organization

$66,389 raised by 47 donors

100% complete

$50,000 Goal

Stepping Stones is a free, community-based youth development program that offers 32+ weekly drop-in hours, mentoring, experiential education, and more through our Youth Program (ages 10-14) and our Young Adult Program (ages 15-24). Each year, we empower over 350 participants to thrive. Our drop-in centers are open five days a week and provide a safe, diverse, bilingual atmosphere where youth voice and mutual relationships with peers and caring adults foster resilience. Our centers function as a community hub to connect youth and families with the holistic support they need to flourish.

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Stepping Stones cultivates strong mentoring relationships and community spaces for youth ages 10-24 to foster personal growth, compassion, and responsibility.

Background Statement

Stepping Stones’ first Young Adult drop-in center opened in 2014 for ages 14-21, meeting the critical need in Carbondale for a safe space that offered nightly meals, showers, and laundry facilities. Some youth came to Stepping Stones in times of crisis; others came seeking prosocial interaction with peers and mentors. The Young Adult Program has remained flexible to offer a diverse, safe, youth-led space and to connect young adults to resources they need to be successful.

We opened our Youth Program in June 2017 to engage younger participants, ages 10-14, seeking to prevent the acute issues our young adults experience. Our Youth Program focuses on mentoring, academic support, and diverse recreational opportunities.

In 2020, we expanded our partnership with our local school district, increased programming activities, and completed a full renovation and remodel of our facilities.

Today, both programs continue to grow in scope and capacity. Over the last few years, our programs and services have grown substantially, with 57% growth in youth served, and a 62% increase in drop-in visits over the past 2 years. Additionally, in response to youth needs, we have substantially increased our crisis response work, with robust case management and new on-site therapy offered. We have also increased our upper age limit to 24, with dedicated time for emerging adults to work on job applications, connect with long-term mentors, or receive rent or grocery assistance. Almost 10 years after we began, Stepping Stones remains rooted in our values of listening to our youth and our community, and responding with flexible, holistic services that empower youth to thrive.

Organization Data


Organization name

Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

Year Established


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Youth Development, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Organization Size

Large Organization


ASPEN, CO 81611

Colorado Location

1010 Garfield Ave
Carbondale, CO 81623

Service areas

Carbondale, CO, US, 81623

Glenwood Springs, CO, US, 81601

Basalt, CO, US

Garfield County, CO, US



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