AYO Mentor Program held its second annual campout September 14th-16th, 2012. Twenty-eight individuals including youth, their mentors, and volunteers enjoyed the beautiful weather at Cherry Creek State Park. Many of the youth set up a tent for the first time, learning valuable lessons from their mentor as they worked together.
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In collaboration with our community partners, on September 24, 2012, 170 family members experienced and learned steps to living a healthy life. A day to eat dinner with your family was an opportunity for families to learn more about the food plate that replaces the food pyramid. Events ranged from how to make healthy eating selections and physical activites. The entire event was hands-on with the opportunity to cook a healthy dinner (black bean tacos and veggie meatballs).
On Wednesday, August 22, Aurora Youth Options Mentor Program held its monthly activity with Shalom Cares nursing home patients, joining in on their weekly game night. The night started out with the group receiving a short briefing on the proper etiquette of working with elderly individuals. Mentor matches then went to residents’ rooms inviting them to play a game
of trivial pursuit and helping them to the game room. We divided up into teams; each team had equal numbers of AYO matches and Shalom Cares residents.
Saturday, July 14, 2012 Aurora Youth Options Mentor program held its July monthly activity volunteering during Aurora’s KidSpree @ YumFest on the Great Lawn at the Aurora Municipal Center. The event provided over 8,000 participants the opportunity to enjoy free hands-on activities and live entertainment. In addition to the family fun, this year the event also featured various food trucks with delicious diverse cuisine.
On Saturday June 23, Aurora Youth Options Mentor program held its June monthly activity, a Scavenger Hunt in the Lowry Town Center community. The day focused on exploring careers and career planning, with the objective to have fun of course. The overall goal of the day was to get our youth thinking about their future and start planning for it. Mentors were alongside to help and communicate an understanding of what each business and career addresses concerning real world need, the customers they work with and what do they accomplish for those customers.
The Aurora Centaurs team had a very successful season. The team started the season losing the first 5 games. With hard work they were able to win the last six games in a row to make it to the playoffs. Again hard work paid off and they beat the number one undefeated team in the first round and made it the championship game the next day. In the end they gave a valiant effort, and with pride took 2nd place "We went from last place to 2nd place in three weeks' time" says Coach Paul.
On Saturday, May 12th AYO Mentor program held their May monthly activity at the Brunswick Zone Heather Ridge bowling alley. The event was a combined focus of community service, life skills, and a fun time bowling. It was a huge hit with over thirty youth and mentors in attendance!
Aurora Central High School presented Aurora Mental Health/Aurora Youth Options (AYO) a certificate for our outstanding partnership, during the 2011-12 school year.
This acknowledgment was presented to Ashlee Redman, AYO Youth Specialist, for her commitment to support students at Aurora Central. Two hundred thirty three of Aurora Centrals
I've lived in Aurora since I was three and it has been a good and safe environment for me. It is a community where many different types of people live together. Many different racial and ethnic groups make up the city. We all learn and try to get along and live together which is both a challenge and a gift. I have made many friends since we moved here. The parks and rec centers have offered a lot of support in classes and opportunities in recreation. I've enjoyed cooking classes in the past but right now my favorite part is the free and safe dances; everyone is welcome.
On February 24, 2012, Vicki Scott, Program Manager of AYO was a finalist for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Women Making a Difference. Vicki earned this recognition for her work to improve the quality of life for countless youth in Aurora. Hundreds of youth in Aurora have benefited from the work of AYO under her guidance and direction. She has designed a unique program without a blue print.