AYO was lucky enough to have THREE bright and eager-to-learn high school interns this year! The second semester brought us Melody Conde and Jordan Williams, both juniors who have interests in pursuing health-related professions. These young ladies brought a lot of new ideas and unique perspectives that have helped us improve some of our programming. They were both passionate about supporting their respective communities and assisted AYO's efforts by sharing their youth voice.
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A big thank you to The City of Aurora for allowing AYO students to job shadow three departments over three days during spring break. The first day, students visited the Fleet Maintenance Shop at Central Facilities. Our students were able to learn about the job opportunities available as an automotive technician and how a maintenance shop functions. AYO students continued their job shadowing experience by touring the Human Resources department. Students learned the importance of the hiring process, staff training and satisfaction, as well as the importance of professionalism.
Mentor Colorado supports the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS). NQMS reviews all aspect of a program to assure ethical standards of practice that safeguard youth and volunteers. This approach is designed to encourage broad, inclusive, and efficient QMS adoption by state mentoring partnerships across the country. In partnership both believe that this system for understanding, supporting and growing quality programs is the crux of mentoring in Colorado.
AYO had a wonderful time getting into the holiday spirit with our youth, families, and mentors at the Denver Botanic Gardens Blossom of Lights event! Thank you to all those you joined us! AYO wishes everyone a happy holiday!
MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving presented Power of Youth at Central High School in November. While having fun we played a brain game, discussed and developed strategies to protect ourselves and loved one, by understanding the consequences of alcohol for teens. Forty youth participated and a few took a pledge to not drink any alcohol until they turn 21!
Aurora Youth Options was thrilled to support our DSST High School Intern, Dago, at his Exhibition of Learning school event last night. Dago brought a fresh perspective and a youth's voice to the AYO team during his internship experience. He focused on learning the skills needed to thrive in an office setting, how to offer great customer service skills, as well as offering tutoring services to AYO's middle and high school students every Wednesday evening. The entire team was grateful to have met Dago and he will be dearly missed in the office.
AYO Mentees Mourad and Umama (right) with Moe’s Original BBQ staff (left)