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High Country Region
Counties: Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, Summit
Cities: Aspen, Frisco, Idaho Springs, Leadville, Vail
At the start of 2013, the High Country Regional Council partnered with El Pomar’s Youth Development Project to identify the regional assets and needs within its five-county area. Based on a 2010 risk assessment and information gathered from the Colorado Department of Education, Lake County fell behind its regional peers in terms of positive youth outcomes for kids, CSAP and graduation scores as well as the prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse. The 2013 Lake County Youth Master Plan (YMP) was a project of Lake County Human Services (LCHS) and the Council provided a seed grant to LCHS for its completion. Following the completion of the plan the Council provided initial funds to hire a coordinator for implementation of the YMP. Subsequently, Lake County Build a Generation (LCBAG), a continuing program of LCHS, became the backbone organization for implementation of the Youth Master Plan. Since 2013, the Council has focused its support towards this community-wide collaborative spearheaded by LCBAG. Four years later, LCBAG has submitted an application for its own 501c3 status.
After implementing this successful multi-year grant with LCBAG, the Council began transitioning to a new focus area in 2017: out of school time programming for underserved youth.The strategy is to engage elementary and middle school age children and encourage postsecondary education. The goal is to achieve increased tendency to remain in school, educational success, and employment in the region.