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Youth Services Initiative - YSI

A community-based after school and summer program for youth living in low-income housing.

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The Youth Services Initiative inspires youth and families from underrepresented communities to make healthy, caring and responsible choices through recreation, health and well-being opportunities as well as life skill development.

Nuestra misión de los Servicios Iniciativos para la Juventud, es tener oportunidades y recursos necesarios para apoyar a jóvenes y familias de bajo de ingresos para tener un impacto positivo en tomar decisiones saludables con recreación, educación y tener oportunidades de salud y bienestar para mejorar la calidad de la vida en nuestra comunidad.

About YSI

For more than 10 years, Boulder Parks and Recreation’s Youth Service Initiative (YSI) has been changing lives and building community among Boulder’s economically less fortunate. Each year, YSI serves about 150 young people whose circumstance would otherwise prevent them from experiencing many of the recreational and educational activities and options their peers enjoy. YSI also enables underserved community members to get exposed to art, good nutrition, the benefits of academic achievement and higher education, a healthy culture and support system.

During the school year, afternoons include a structured, supportive environment for recreation activities, both at housing sites and recreational facilities. For example, every year a group of dedicated YSI youth packs the lunch bags that BOLDER Boulder runners receive after the world famous race. In exchange, every YSI member that wants to run the BOLDER Boulder gets a free entry to the event.

YSI also broadens our local youth’s horizons through access to recreational programs including spring break ski trips, horseback riding, waterskiing and cultural and sporting events. Besides creating community and bonds and civic-minded young people (who rapidly become contributing adults), YSI empowers Boulder’s youth to grow and pursue an engaging career path.


Boulder Parks and Recreation Youth and Family Services
Alexis Moreno  303-413-7217

Youth Services Initiative Partner Agencies
Boulder Housing Partners
Karin Stayton: 720 473-4463

Family Resource Schools
Kathryn Coleman: 303-441-3344

I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County
Lori Canova: 303-444-3636

Thank you to the Youth Opportunities Program for funding programs for youth in the Getting Fit Program!

Para mas informacion sobre programas y becas pueden llamar:303-413-7217, Alexis Moreno, Supervisora de Jovenes y Familias.

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