Reasons to Attend Beyond the Birds and Bees

Posted on October 16, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition Beyond the Birds and the Bees, Monday October 16 5:30-7:30pm

Raising teens and tweens can be tough. As the parent of a teen, part of your job is helping them learn how to make healthy decisions. On Monday, October 16, the Eagle River Youth Coalition has provided an opportunity to learn more about helping your teen take responsibility for their health. Diana Andrews, PREP Program Manager, Garfield County will share her wealth of knowledge, helping parents create a strategy for strong conversations.

The earlier we start talking with children about sexuality, even our very youngest, the better. Starting the discussion early will only increase our chance of continuing the conversation about sexual health with them throughout their growing up years, through puberty and adolescence. The first time a parent names parts of the body, including the genitals, to a toddler or preschooler, sex education has begun. It can also begin when young children ask what can be profound and sometimes difficult-to-answer questions like: “Where did I come from?” and “Why is my body different from your body?” Answering these questions doesn’t have to be awkward! And again, the earlier we can start the conversation,… Read more >

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week

Posted on October 02, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition
Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, is an opportunity to commit to and support the fight against illegal drug use. Red Ribbon Project and Eagle River Youth Coalition are committed to doing our part in teaching our students to refuse alcohol and other illegal substances, not just during Red Ribbon week (October) but all throughout the year.

However, ribbons and pencils don't change behavior. It takes a real partnership between the school, the community and the family to increase the probability that our students will make wise choices regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. We hope the ribbons and pencils serve to remind the students to make safe choices, and to remind adults of their role in prevention.

Eagle County, a rural resort community, is often marketed in terms that are linked to alcohol consumption and (most recently) marijuana consumption. There are numerous events that are sponsored by large alcohol companies with a very high visibility. Eagle County teen binge drinking continues to occur at a higher rate than the rest of the national and state averages and continues to be higher in 2015, according to the Healthy Kids Colorado… Read more >

Vail Mountain School is ERYC's Member of the Month

Posted on October 02, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition Vail Mountain School Provides Community Support

One of ERYC's newer members is Vail Mountain School. This independent school in Vail has jumped right in, helping host community events and partnering with ERYC.

"Part of our mission is: "Build Community" and we value the work the ERYC is doing for and in the community," says Kate Drescher, VMS staff psychologist. "Over the years we have had students serve on the Youth Leaders Council and they have shared the good work they are doing. We want to support their efforts as well as that of the Coalition to help make our community a vibrant, welcoming and safe place for all."

In September, VMS hosted a screening of Angst - an important film that brings anxiety and angst, especially in teenagers, to light and encourages open discussion.

VMS learned about the movie from a parent who attended a meeting with ERYC this summer. "We agreed that this would be an important film to show our community. We also liked the idea of partnering with ERYC in support of this kind of programming," shares Kate Drescher, VMS staff psychologist.
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WECMRD's Sheryl Staten is ERYC's October Difference Maker of the Month

Posted on October 02, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition A WECMRD veteran makes change in the community one person at a time.

You know that person who seems to be at every event? The one who helps organize, knows everyone there and seems to be having the most fun? We know that person too and it's WECMRD's Sheryl Staten. She started with Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District 17 years ago and she's loved every minute of her tenure.

"I love my job," Sheryl said several times throughout our conversation.

Not only does she oversee the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink (EPIR), lead programs, camps and aquatics, visits schools but she, and her family, use the programs and facilities.

"I play hockey, utilize the rec facilities; I love to swim. My kids utilize it, we are very family oriented, it's one of the reasons I love my job," Sheryl added.

WECMRD and Sheryl recently teamed up with the Vail Hockey Club - that's another thing she does, partnering with organizations to get more kids recreationing - and went into gym classes for a week and got them excited about hockey. Then WECMRD offers a… Read more >

Youth Leader Spotlight - Michael Resnick

Posted on October 02, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition Circles of Influence and Delving into Disparities
When I interview local high school teens for the Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC) monthly youth leader spotlight column, we typically meet at a local coffee shop. It's common for friends to say hi to the youth, or an acquaintance of my own will greet me. It's a small town, right? When the C.E.O. and President of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association walks by at Loaded Joe's and says hello to the October ERYC youth leader, it makes me pause.

Michael Resnick, a senior at Vail Mountain School, looks up from our table to reciprocate warm greetings to Tiger Shaw, mention the upcoming Olympics and politely introduce me. We proceed to discuss the current political situation in the Korean Peninsula, and Michael is very engaged. I can't help but reflect that Michael clearly knows some influential people. Yet, as I learned during our interview, it is not VIP circles of influence that motivate him. Far from it.

When he was in 7th grade, Michael raised money for the Special Olympics for his Barmitzvah. Sometimes positive energy created by a youth's project tends to dwindle,… Read more >

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