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  • Difference Maker: Kateleen Harman

    Kateleen Harman is a dynamic, resilient, and dedicated professional working towards social and racial justice in her personal and professional life. She speaks with an open heart and a brilliant mind and if someone were to write a book of quotes, they could come directly from Kate, as her honesty, empathy, wit and intelligence comes through in every word she says. Kate is currently the Family and Community Engagement Manager for My Future Pathways (MFP), working with young Hispanic adults and parents to strengthen community connection and build resiliency. She wanted a career with purpose that does something positive for others and she has found just that in her work with MFP. Kate is the youngest of four, born and raised in Lima, Peru where she attended a private Catholic School, experiences that have shaped her life perspective. Kate started working in the Vail Valley 9 years ago, to pursue the “American Dream” where she fell in love with the valley and her future husband, Nic. With a degree in Communication and Development, Kate has used her education to become a manager in the service and administration industry and to create positive change within our community. Kate worked in the service industry for many years where she faced racism, sexism and discrimination due to being an immigrant, native Spanish speaker and a woman. She has turned these experiences into action and purpose, finding a job where she can pursue her passion to support women and youth’s rights through education, advocacy, and teaching life skills. Through the difficulties and hardships Kate has faced, she continues to create a supportive community here with her husband, friends, and coworkers while enjoying the beauty that the valley has to offer. She has built a space for parents and young adults to feel proud of their background, to pursue the life they deserve, and to “let go of the idea that we are here to survive, we are here to thrive.” In her own words, Kate wants to “be able to take my own experience and what I’ve learned and give it to someone else to make a difference in their life; I think that is amazing. Especially when it comes to women’s health.” Kate understands that education is the “great equalizer” and wants to use her work at My Future Pathways to empower kids and adults to not feel limited and encourage the next generation to advocate for their mental health and change the way they view success in our society. “We feel like we are here on borrowed time and borrowed space as immigrants. We are just supposed to work really hard, keep our head down and just be grateful that we get the chance to be here. At the same time, I pay taxes, I’m a citizen now, I’m multicultural and bilingual and that should have a value.” “We need to start making space for ourselves, learn how to use our voice, advocate for our rights, and empower kids by saying, if you want to be mayor of Vail, you can. How do you get there and how can we help you get there?” Kate is doing just that. She is creating a space for all youth to feel welcomed, valued, and to look to the future with hope. She is creating social change in a place that may look perfect on the outside, until you see the cracks of social injustice. She is showing youth and parents how to make space for themselves, to use their voice, and to access all the resources this valley has to offer, which are also here for them. It is a pleasure learning from you, Kate, and the future is brighter with the work you are doing, the space you are creating, and the richness you are bringing to the lives of those you work and play with. To learn more about Kate and My Future Pathways, visit https://myfuturepathways.org/ Written by Stevi Bratschie, Community Education Manager at Mountain Youth, sbratschie@mountainyouth.org

  • Youth Spotlight: Bennett Maloley

    Discover Your FLOW! Sitting across the room from Bennett at a recent Valley’s Voice event, I was struck by his ability to show himself, his enthusiasm, and his soul as he listened to the band Trees Don’t Move. His presence was magnetic. Every individual, youth and adult alike, needs to feel how Bennett felt that night. Free, confident, humble, and happy. I saw his FLOW; let’s all find ours, too. F Find “a place where it is hard to NOT be happy.” Sounds doable, right? For Bennett, this means exploring passion, creating identity not by working hard to make others happy, but by making yourself happy. Sometimes people develop their identities by what others think and they are not happy. Investing in personal development yields a better return on investment. L Lyrics, poetry, and song catalyze Bennett’s FLOW. It is the way he can “convey feelings through song”. While he loves all types of music, we might have our own preferences. Bennett reads and writes a ton! Then, his head connects to his heart. Why not attempt to share our feelings through writing? Bennett will challenge you the same way he did me. O “Out of the Woods” is Bennett’s own, favorite, poem/song that he has written. He shares his values through his lyrics. Protecting an image is not nearly as valuable as knowing yourself. There is strength to be found through the slow process of learning where to fit in, experiencing new things, and being vulnerable. What key message will your masterpiece convey? W “Working with someone is better than being taught by someone.” Bennett has worked with so many different people. His teachers at The Zealous School are coaches as they work alongside their protoges. His parents coach professionals in leadership and business development, and they have coached Bennett, too. Last summer, when he discovered musical theater, he worked with his parents and friends to hone his singing and acting skills. Who is your coach? Need one? Find one. Bennett Maloley taught me something. When people find their FLOW, they are happy. Bennett is. His radiant smile, extraordinary presence, and independent thinking at the age of 12 shows me FLOW can be developed at any age, any time, and with or without help. It’s all up to us. Let’s learn from Bennett. Written by Sandy Schroeder, Mountain Youth Director of Community Engagement, Sschroeder@mountainyouth.org

  • Difference Maker: Whitney Young

    If you are new to the valley and are needing a friendly face to connect with, you can find this caring and compassionate heart in Whitney Young. That is exactly how I met her, and I am grateful that I found myself in the same community meeting as Whitney one day shortly after moving to Eagle County. I have since learned that Whitney does not know a stranger, because she has an inherent and natural way of making everyone she meets instantly feel like a friend. Ironically, this is the same character trait that Whitney experienced in many other Eagle County residents that convinced her that this was where she was meant to put down roots and build a life after moving here from Maryland over a decade ago. She describes the friends and community that she was met with early on as a sort of family away from home and Whitney would eventually meet her love Karrisa, now her wife, which made her fall in love with Eagle County even more. Whitney’s amazing personality is not only what helps her to create lasting friendships, but also what makes her perfect for the many roles that she plays in Eagle County. After stepping in as merely an interim Executive Director at the Family Learning Center of Edwards, FLC, in November of 2019, Whitney found herself the leader of a facility that, like many others, was facing the chaos and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whitney tackled the challenges and unknowns seamlessly, and it was clear that she was meant to be more than just an interim employee. Whitney has been the official Executive Director at FLC ever since, and the center is thriving. She credits her amazing team of teachers and staff for this success as well, and states that she couldn’t do the work without each and every one of them. FLC is an early learning center for children ages 8 weeks to 6 years old. All children are welcome, and the center consists of children from all income levels. FLC is a bi-lingual school which boasts a bi-lingual staff and classroom environment. There is a focus on explorations of music and traditions to cultivate awareness of cultural diversity. The Family Learning Center incorporates the 7 key values of respect, compassion, honesty, independence, celebrations of diversity, joy of learning, and appreciation of nature into the curriculum and all lesson plans support the inclusion of the key values in the vocabulary of both children and staff. Many of the teachers are primarily Spanish speaking and actively learning English, so the environment at FLC is beneficial for both students and staff alike! Whitney wants to instill that at FLC, they are a melting pot of all different socioeconomic statuses and backgrounds and she strives to make the environment as equitable as possible for all. Whitney believes that “It’s never too early to have kids learning and growing together.” She aims to meet each child where they are at, and her goal is to make every child feel loved and accepted, regardless of what they are able to bring to the table. Whitney’s role as Executive Director is to not only run the center, but also to secure grants, support the teachers, find resources for families, and refer students for additional services when needed. She also makes arrangements to bring important services directly to the center, such as the Mira bus, to provide vaccines for children and families who may have difficulty getting to healthcare providers. Whitney expresses that she has an extremely supportive team of staff members and is amazed by the creative ways that the teachers at FLC come up with to reach their students and help them succeed. Whitney is a lifelong learner and strives to continuously grow and learn. She takes courses and does her research to gain a better understanding of the work that the classroom educators at FLC do, and to find new ways to be able to support her teachers. Before finding herself at FLC, Whitney had a positive impact on the lives of others in several different ways. After graduating with her Masters of Social Work from University of Denver, Whitney worked with youth and families at Anshutz Medical Campus, Mountain Family Health Center, and was contracted through many other organizations in social work and behavioral health therapy roles. She has also worked in animal assisted social work, virtual therapy, and has taken part in working with community organizations such as Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, The Community Market, SpeakUp ReachOut, and more! She is encouraged by the sense of community that is created by all of these organizations working together for the greater good, and feels grateful that these organizations are addressing mental health and making services more accessible. Whitney has always wanted to work in a person-centered capacity, and her love for people of all ages lends itself perfectly to the many roles she has filled over the years. She expresses that she feels fortunate to have been witness to the substantial increase in mental health services in Eagle County over the last decade, and is hopeful that we will continue to see a growing network of support for mental health services in our county. When she worked for Mountain Family Health Center about a decade ago, she was the first and only behavioral health therapist in the area. “Seeing the increase in mental health services has been amazing!” Whitney proclaims. Whitney definitely stays busy with her work in the community, but when she finds herself with some down time, she is like most Coloradans and tries to get outdoors! She loves the water and the mountains, and even worked for a summer at Timberline Tours when she was new to the Valley. She is also a very active member of the yoga community and is a proponent of participating in yoga for both physical and mental health benefits. She teaches yoga classes at Revolution Power Yoga and invites everyone of all skill levels to come out for a class! Whitney also enjoys spending time with her wife Karrisa and their fur baby Ruby in Red Cliff, where they recently moved. They have loved settling into their new home and making it their own out in the beautiful scenic mountain town. To know Whitney Young is a true blessing, and I hope that if you have not had the pleasure of meeting her yet, you get to soon! She is an active member of our community and Eagle County is lucky to have someone like her putting in the work to support its community members. She is the epitome of a true Difference Maker, and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to honor her. Make sure to check out Family Learning Center at https://www.flcedwards.org/ to learn how you can support children and families in Eagle County. Written by Krystle James, Marketing and Events Manager with Mountain Youth, kjames@mountainyouth.org

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  • Eat Chat Connect | Mountain Youth

    Eat Chat connect Eat Chat Parent is now Eat Chat Connect ! With a new year comes a new name to recognize and encourage youth and their entire support network to participate in and feel a part of our Community Education events. Eat Chat Connect is for all youth in our community along with parents, teachers, coaches, grandparents, trusted adults, and youth serving professionals to learn, connect, and grow with one another. As always, these events are free to everyone, with dinner, childcare and interpretation provided. Please join us with your family to learn, connect, engage, and grow as a community. We look forward to seeing you there!” Eat Chat Connect (ECC) is integral in creating a better community for all through open dialog and tackling tough topics. Through community conversations, the Parent Advisory Council, and information from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey , we create a robust offering of two-generation learning seminars. Because of your support, Eat Chat Parent received the Vail Valley Partnership Community Impact Award in 2019. Mountain Youth partners with Eagle Valley Behavioral Health to sponsor community talks throughout the year. ECC encourages open conversation between parents, older siblings, and experts on relevant topics. Parents and children in fifth grade and up are invited to attend these panel discussions with professional speakers to share and learn new skills for more effective parenting and discover available resources. Please join us for these important discussions. ​ Contact Stevi Bratschie, Community Education Manager with questions. Upcoming Eat Chat Connect Events: Check Out Move Chat Connect HERE! RSVP For February Move Chat Connect HERE! RSVP para Febrero Move Chat Connect AQUÍ! Media and Videos Watch Youth Fentanyl Crisis With Maggie Seldeen English Español Watch A Conversation About Youth Mental Health English Español Watch Your Voice Matters: Consent, Healthy Relationships, And Building Youth Confidence English Español Watch Essential Conversations to Inspire with Jenny Woo Watch Insecurity, Comparison, and "Keeping Up" with Rosalind Wiseman *All Videos Recorded and Produced by High Five Access Media Play Video Play Video 01:19:11 A Conversation on Identity, Inclusion, & Diversity in Sports Join No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Kate Fagan, for a conversation about the pressures of growing up LGBTQ+ in sports. It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge. Listen as Kate shares her struggles as a high-performance athlete and how identity has played a role in her career at ESPN and as an award-winning author. Learn how to make the world easier for our kids to take the first step toward embracing their true selves. Recorded and produced by High Five Access Media https://www.highfivemedia.org/ Play Video Play Video 01:24:45 Eat Chat Parent | Helping Kids with Anxiety: Develop Family Strategies 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 will | experience some level of clinical anxiety by the time they hit adolescence. 𝐃𝐫. 𝐂𝐲𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬 from the 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐨 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫, as he offers parents tools to help with anxiety reduction and tips to teach parents how to spot anxiety and learn when to get help. Presented by Mountain Youth & Eagle Valley Behavioral Health. Play Video Play Video 01:32:29 Eat Chat Parent | Pain: Influencing Our Thoughts & Behaviors As parents, your own language and coping strategies for dealing with pain create a foundation for your child’s relationship with pain. This panel presentation will improve participants’ understanding of pain and provide strategies to help parents and children understand, manage, and express pain. Panelists include: - Performance Optimization Psychologist Dr. Harlan Austin ​- Howard Head Sports Medicine Pain Neuroscience Specialist Brittney Huntimer ​- Howard Head Sports Medicine Pediatric PT Specialist Kristin Thomas Play Video Play Video 01:29:34 The Power of Showing Up | Eat Chat Parent Parenting is not easy. Showing up for your children can be challenging, but it doesn’t require a lot of time, energy or money. Join bestselling author, Tina Payne Bryson, as she explains how showing up means offering a quality of presence. Tina will offer a positive and hopeful message to parents with usable tips for showing up for our children in the best possible way. Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. is the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. She is the founder of the Center for Connection and a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy. Dr. Bryson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Play Video Play Video 01:15:00 Eat Chat Parent - What is Your Child Watching Online? Do you know where your kids are exploring online? Do you think your kids are too young? Think again, they are not and are being inundated. Three simple steps to change the cycle: Educate, Empower, and Inspire. Together we can accomplish anything, the future generations are depending on us to educate ourselves to support our children Dr. Lisa Strohman is a world-renowned author, psychologist, lawyer and founder of Digital Citizen Academy. Kala Bettis is Eagle Valley Behavioral Health’s outreach operation manager and a school counselor at Battle Mountain High School. Play Video Play Video 01:25:47 Eat Chat Parent - Parenting in a Pandemic with Dr. Laura Markham Parenting is tough, but parenting in a pandemic can be tougher. Parents struggle to set limits around remote learning and screen time. Siblings squabble, parents yell, and everyone gets on each other’s nerves. In this talk, Dr. Laura Markham will help parents focus on solutions that will keep families connected, support parents to stay more calm, and help the entire family emerge from this tough time with more resilience and closeness. Play Video Play Video 01:10:58 October 2020 Eat Chat Parent - Break Free From Stress Mountain Youth is lightening the load of stress with October’s Eat Chat Parent workshop, presented by Eagle Valley Behavioral Health and Vail Health. Alex Yannacone, director of community programs at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, will return to Eagle County, virtually of course, to help teach families ways to cope with stress. Questions? Amy Baker: abaker@mountainyouth.org Mountain Youth está aliviando la carga de estrés con el taller Eat Chat Parent de octubre, presentado por Eagle Valley Behavioral Health y Vail Health. Alex Yannacone, director de programas comunitarios en el Centro de Depresión Helen y Arthur E. Johnson, regresará al condado de Eagle, virtualmente por supuesto, para ayudar a enseñar a las familias formas de lidiar con el estrés. Play Video Play Video 00:48 trim C146C192 6FE0 4F2C AC47 0D694AED3713 Eat Chat Parent Latinx "Language Justice" Testimonial, November 5, 2019 Extended Resources from Jessica Lahey CLICK HERE FOR PDF Past Events and Resources Past ECP Videos Worksheets The Power of Showing Up Refridgerator Sheet Self Care Reflection and Prevention Plan Stress Management Worksheet - CU Depression Center Self Care Worksheet Workplace Self Care Assessment Student/School Self Care Plan Student/School Self Care Assessment Spanish Self Care Preventative Plan Spanish Self Care Assessment Plan ​ 34520 US HWY 6, C10, Edwards, CO 81632 || P.O. Box 4613, Edwards, CO 81632 || 970.949.9250 || info@mountainyouth.org Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Annual Report © 2019 by Mountain Youth. Website by projectseedling.com Click to Give

  • All Youth Thrive | Mountain Youth | Edwards,CO

    youth /yo͞oTH/ noun: youth; plural noun: youths the period between childhood and adult age; anyone between the ages of 9 and 25. About Us Mountain Youth continues to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. Learn about the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey the largest data assessment effort administered biennially to middle and high school students, and the "Be Your Best U." Social Norms campaign. Are you a young person passionate about making change? Learn more about Valley's Voice . Parents, caregivers and trusted adults are invited to join the conversation through Eat Chat Parent . Take a minute to learn how we all work together, because you are not alone. Need to know more about Graduated Drivers Licensing Laws in English and Spanish, watch our GDL presentations on our Safe Driving Page . ​ All of our work embodies empowering youth to thrive! UPCOMING EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS Move, Chat, Connect: Skate, Slide, and Spin to a Healthier You! Fri, Feb 03 Eagle Pool and Ice Rink Feb 03, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, 1700 Bull Pasture Rd, Eagle, CO 81631, USA Jump start your year of health and wellness for the entire family! Connect with friends and family at this fun event featuring ice skating, dinner and healthy tips from Howard Head Sports Medicine. +3 more RSVP Winter Movie Nights!: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Sat, Feb 18 Edwards Field House Feb 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Edwards Field House, 450 Miller Ranch Rd, Edwards, CO 81632, USA Mountain Youth and Mountain Recreation present Winer Movie Nights! Bring the family and friends, a blanket, lawn chairs and popcorn or snacks for this fun evening movie screening, featuring E.T. The Extra Terrestrial! RSVP Valley's Voice Ski & Snowboard Day Fri, Mar 03 Deck of Powder 8, Beaver Creek Mar 03, 8:50 AM – 3:00 PM Deck of Powder 8, Beaver Creek, 210 Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek, CO 81620, USA Come ski/snowboard, or enjoy food on the Powder 8 deck all day. Free for all Middle and High School Youth! 20 Lift tickets and 20 equipment rentals available, RSVP to lock-in your spot! Details Eagle County Communities That Care Presents Forwards Together Time is TBD Colorado Mountain College Time is TBD Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Rd, Edwards, CO 81632, USA At this interactive event, we will present Forward Together - a reliable resource for continuous learning. We will practice strategies for creating and sustaining trusted relationships between adults and youth as well as peer youth relationships. RSVP Eagle County Communities That Care Presenta Forward Together Ofrecido En Español Time is TBD My Future Pathways Gypsum Time is TBD My Future Pathways Gypsum, 3293 Cooley Mesa Rd 429 Edwards Access Rd, Edwards, CO 81632, Gypsum, CO 81637, USA En este evento interactivo, presentaremos Forward Together - un recurso confiable para el aprendizaje continuo. Practicaremos estrategias para crear y mantener relaciones de confianza entre adultos y jóvenes, así como relaciones entre jóvenes y compañeros. RSVP

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