Category: Youth Services News

February ABCD Award goes to…Andrae Pierre-Louis

SUCAP Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award goes to Andrae Pierre-Louis for February, 2018 awarded on February 01, 2018. Andrae has worked in SUCAP’s Youth Services division for several years now and has shown tremendous growth in the past year. It has been a difficult time for SUCAP Youth Services; we lost a […]

Snowdown Dodgeball Tournament set for February 2

SUCAP’s contribution to Snowdown is an alcohol- and substance-free dodgeball tournament benefiting SUCAP Youth Services Club Venture and the Curiosity After-School Program. Costumes are encouraged! This year’s event, the 10th, will be held Thursday, February 2nd at the Durango Rec Center, 2700 N. Main in Durango. Teams may register online below or send us a faxed […]

Asset of the Month Project

Developmental Asset of the Month Asset #27     Equality and Social Justice| Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty. Local Data: 64% of La Plata County youth report high value in promoting equality. (Assets Survey 2015) Essential Question: In what ways do we teach our children to care about those […]

Ignacio schools work to help special needs students

Ignacio schools have a larger share of special needs students than other districts, and that affects district test scores as well as costs to serve these students, according to discussion at the Jan. 14 school board meeting. The district has struggled for years with low scores on state-mandated accountability tests, including the PARCC test given […]

Asset of the Month Project

Developmental Asset of the Month Asset #24       Bonding to School | Young person cares about her or his school. Local Data: 72% of La Plata County youth report caring about their school as described in Asset #24.  (Assets Survey 2014) Essential Question: How do I reinforce a positive school experience for my child? Tips for […]

Maker Movement’ Brings New Energy to Out-of-School Science and Art

“Do you want to try this?” asks 11th-grader Gabi Urschel, as she stands inside a booth labeled “Alan Likes Science.” It’s a gray drizzly day, but throngs of people are moving from booth to booth along McDonough Street in the Decatur suburb of Atlanta. In Gabi’s booth, two metal plates are linked by a voltmeter. […]

Potential Opportunities for Out-of-school Time in New Education Law

As the Every Student Succeeds Act goes into effect, out-of-school time providers could have a new opportunity. A provision of the law requires more stakeholders to be consulted when states are creating their Title I plans. The law requires “meaningful consultation” with parties that could range from governors and state legislators to parents, teachers and […]

Ignacio students struggle on new standardized tests

The Ignacio school district learned it has serious work to do after seeing its Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test results. The district’s single best score – 10th-grade English and language arts – showed 26 percent of Ignacio students met or exceeded expectations. Sixth graders in math scored the lowest, with […]

The Most Effective Prevention for Teen Substance Use Not Widely Deployed: Report

WASHINGTON — Though the most effective policies have been identified to fight substance abuse in teens, states don’t use them widely enough, public health researchers say in a new report. The Trust for America’s Health, a public health nonprofit based in Washington, says in its report that dealing with substance use is more than teaching […]

Talking to a Doctor about Substance Use

If you are like most people, you are reluctant to raise the issue of using addictive substances with your doctor. Unfortunately, most doctors have been reluctant to raise the issue with you as well. Most people, including doctors, are woefully uninformed about this public health problem or the disease that can result — addiction. The […]