Montezuma Youth Alliance here; we’d love to introduce ourselves and our Mission and Vision Statement:
Mentoring youth through community service, art and nature
Montezuma Youth Alliance’s Vision is to improve the lives of county Youth by creating opportunities for empowerment; building pride and self-awareness through community service. We envision a place where all youth belong, joining with trusting adults who can support and mentor as our youth discover their potential & grow into powerful leaders of Montezuma County.
We are excited to be planning our first project right now, the aim of which is to create a “Reading Buddies” program. Through this program we will support high school students to gain Community Service hours, while getting more reading time for those smaller pre-school and elementary school youth who could use support outside of their homes with more books and story time!
Trusted and experienced advisors in Montezuma Community have told us that mentoring cannot be successful the way it has been previously presented in the County; yet we all know that mentoring is essential! Mentoring can have a wealth of positive impacts and increase protective factors many of the stressors that Montezuma County youth experience every day. Keeping this in mind, we plan to create community service projects for youth of all ages; because we believe that community service has the unique ability to create opportunities for empowerment as well as building pride and community cohesion.
We plan to serve youth from ages 9-17, and are designing other programming for youth between the ages of 9-14 who are not quite old enough to support in the Reading Buddies Program. This will center around reading with an adult mentor, or being involved in planned art activities, nature immersion, or group community service opportunities.
We could use your help in building this alternative programming, as well as funding our various projects; and we could always use more experienced enthusiastic candidates for our Steering Committee! It will be a fun, creative process. We are working to brainstorm around this pandemic, as well as creating a vision that inspires youth leadership and involvement.
We plan on following all State mandated Covid protocols and follow the guidelines of the schools that we are working with. We are orienting our programming around social justice, equity building and community service. We strive to encourage youth in building agency, empowerment and belonging through various methods of supported relationship building.
Please get in touch with us if you are passionate about supporting youth in Montezuma County!
You can find us on Facebook and Instagram Pages.
Call or text: Jorie McCann (Program Director): (970) 715-1095
Or email us at: MontezumaYouthAlliance@gmail.com
We look forward to hearing from you!