Youth Wellness Initiative
John Underwood Focus Group Schedule
9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Steamboat Springs Middle School student body
2 to 3:30 p.m. Health and Human Services, Yampa Valley Medical Center Conference Room
5:30 to 8 p.m. Parent Academy, Steamboat Springs High School
12:30 to 2 p.m. Law enforcement, legal/judicial, Citizen's Hall
3:45 to 5 p.m. District coaches/extracurricular sponsors, Steamboat Springs High School
6 to 7:30 p.m. General community, Steamboat Springs High School
8:25 to 11:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs High School student body
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Hayden High School students and parents
6 to 7:30 p.m. Youth recreation, Citizen's Hall
Noon to 2 p.m. General community, Citizen's Hall
Steamboat Springs Alcohol and drugs can make middle school and high school quickly pass by without students realizing their full athletic, academic and social potential, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Director Colleen Lyon said.
To educate the community about youth substance abuse, American Athletic Institute founder John Underwood will visit Steamboat Springs next week to share findings from his research on the effects of alcohol and marijuana on the minds, bodies, social activity and athletic performance of youths.
"We're really trying to get athletes and students to think about what they're doing off the field and out of school that can potentially ruin what they're trying to do on the field and in the future," Lyon said.
Constituencies including students and parents, coaches and teachers, and law enforcement and human services all have a role to play in building a culture that supports healthy lifestyles for youth, Lyon said.
"The idea behind hosting a series, with focus groups targeting different groups of the community, is we've found the most positive results happen when the community unites and all groups of stakeholders take responsibility," Lyon said.
The series is part of a collaborative effort by Grand Futures, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Steamboat Springs School District, Steamboat Springs Police Department, the Youth Wellness Initiative and Parent Academy.
Alcohol abuse is of high concern in Routt County, where adult and juvenile alcohol-related arrests are 200 percent higher than the state average, Lyon said. The recent divergence in youth drinking behaviors also is unsettling, she said.
"These students are either binge-drinking or abstaining," Lyon said. "There's much fewer reports of students who are using drugs or alcohol moderately."