All at-risk youth in Routt County will receive services.
A 17-year-old Routt County youth who has participated for multiple years in RMYC programming, including the Routt Community Crew and Regional Crews, found success through her time with RMYC. Although this young woman grew up in Steamboat Springs, she always felt like an outsider with her peers. She had a few close friends at school however she was bullied by her classmates, some of whom
she used to be close with. When they started to engage more in drugs and alcohol, she drifted apart from them. She stood strongly by her decision not to partake in drugs and alcohol, however struggled with increasing social anxiety over the last few years because of it. She felt like no one understood her, especially when she tried to explain to teachers and school counselors why she struggled so much in
classes where there were peers who have bullied her. Through RMYC’s crew format she was able to immerse herself among a new peer group and learn to be more vulnerable in social situations. RMYC’s crew leaders created a welcoming and inclusive environment and were in tune with the social interactions of the crew. They didn’t tolerate bullying or other exclusive behavior, and this young lady was able to step away from the anxiety she had with her peer group at school.