The School Community Youth Collaborative (SCYC) was established in 1999 and began as a coalition of local organizations serving youth and families. The Coalition consisted of committed people working together to prevent substance abuse and violence in youth ten to eighteen years old. It was a great forum to connect non-profits, government, community-based organizations, local businesses and schools who focused on youth development in Montezuma and Dolores Counties, and the monthly meetings ensured no organizations were duplicating efforts.
During the past few years, SCYC shifted its focus from substance abuse and violence prevention towards positive youth development. This transformation was a deep-rooted cultural shift prompted by the book “The Science of the Positive” (Dr. Jeff Linkenback). The organization, and its partners, began to realize that there was a need to balance both the concerns and the hope of the community. Yes, there were intractable problems young people faced, but the Collaborative acknowledged those problems and quickly moved on to the positive opportunities that were and are the norm for our young people.
Today, SCYC hosts two middle school programs: Teen Maze and Media Ready, and four high school programs: Youth Leadership Council, High School Leadership, Youth Adult Partnerships, and 21st Century Community Learning Center programming at both Southwest Open School and Montezuma-Cortez High School. SCYC strives to serve all youth in Montezuma and Dolores counties, helping them learn the skills needed to become happy, thriving adults.
We believe all youth have a voice that when empowered will better their community.
SCYC supports youth on their path to healthy adulthood
All youth are valued and thriving members of our community.