SCYC supports youth on their path to healthy adulthood.
The School Community Youth Collaborative (SCYC) was established in 1999 and began as a coalition of local organizations serving youth and families. The Coalition consisted of committed people working together to prevent substance abuse and violence in youth ten to eighteen years old. It was a great forum to connect non-profits, government, community-based organizations, local businesses and schools who focused on youth development in Montezuma and Dolores Counties, and the monthly meetings ensured no organizations were duplicating efforts.
During the past few years, SCYC shifted its focus from substance abuse and violence prevention towards positive youth development. This transformation was a deep-rooted cultural shift prompted by the book “The Science of the Positive” (Dr. Jeff Linkenback). The organization, and its partners, began to realize that there was a need to balance both the concerns and the hope of the community. Yes, there were intractable problems young people faced, but the Collaborative acknowledged those problems and quickly moved on to the positive opportunities that were and are the norm for our young people. Today, SCYC no longer leads the coalition but concentrates on providing volunteer, pro-social and leadership opportunities to teens so they achieve personal success and become civically-minded community members.
- We value our youth and their voices.
- We listen to our community.
- We look for opportunities for transparent, synergistic, meaningful collaboration
- We stay true to our mission.
- We respect each other’s values and culture.
- We accept funding from sources that are in alignment with SCYC’s mission and values.
- We respond creatively to community challenges with effective and customized solutions.
- We value the principles outlined in the Science of the Positive
- We interact with integrity.
- We have fun!
All youth are valued and thriving members of our community!