New Steamboat Springs youth program promotes service |

New Steamboat Springs youth program promotes service

Informational meeting set for tonight about Service Learning Institute

If you go

What: Service Learning Institute informational meeting

When: 6 to 7 p.m. today

Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Call: Amy McFadden at 879-2135 for more information


To apply for the Service Learning Institute, go to, click on “The Service Learning Institute Launches in June!” under the “News” tab on the right side of the page and follow the links.


To apply for the Service Learning Institute, go to, click on “The Service Learning Institute Launches in June!” under the “News” tab on the right side of the page and follow the links.

— An informational meeting tonight will highlight a new summer program from Steamboat Springs-based Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

The Service Learning Inst­itute was created to provide an alternative to summer activities for sixth- to ninth-graders in Routt County, program coordinator Amy McFadden said.

She said the four-week program allows the middle school-aged students to participate in community service projects in the county while receiving education in citizenship, volunteering and self-development. McFadden said the projects would be identified through collaboration with local nonprofits and businesses.

Participants who complete 100 hours of service during their session will be awarded a $500 AmeriCorps education award that could be used toward the cost of college or secondary education.

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Tonight’s meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The application period for the Service Learning Institute runs through May 28, but McFadden encourages those who are interested to apply as soon as they can. She said applications would be considered in the order they are received. There are 40 spots for each four-week session, and McFadden said students from across the county can apply.

Applications can be found online at Applicants also will be asked to participate in a roundtable discussion before they’re chosen for the program.

The Service Learning Ins­titute’s two sessions run from June 14 to July 8 and July 19 to Aug. 12 to provide flexibility for families that might travel during the summer, McFadden said. She said further flexibility is offered through each session’s two work crews. Students will volunteer from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday during each session. The education component of the program will take place during lunch each day.

The Service Learning Insti­tute, which is sponsored by the Routt County Youth Services Coalition, is free.

Participants only need to have transportation to and from each day’s project and bring a sack lunch.

“The Service Learning Insti­tute provides meaningful, community, education-based volunteer projects, which are free of charge to youths,” McFadden said.

The program is funded through national and local grants. Routt County United Way, the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation, Routt County Collaborative Manage­ment Program, TIC and the Anschutz Family Foundation of Denver provided local grants.

For more information, call McFadden at 879-2135.

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