By Erich Phillips
Special to the Berthoud Recorder
Reflections For Youth (RFY) celebrates their fifth year of service to youth and families in our community. Since 2004, RFY has answered Northern Colorado’s need for residential and day treatment for at-risk youth ages 11-18.
Founders, Jeff and Carol Johnson, had the passion to give troubled teens a second chance. They procured and revitalized a declining treatment center with the hope of teaching youth and their families the power of positive choices. In these five years, RFY’s reputation as an alternative school, therapeutic center, and youth home has been outstanding with all counties and surrounding school districts.
In 2008, the Colorado Juvenile Council recognized RFY as the Agency of the Year. Also this past year, 75 percent of the over 100 youth served were successfully reunited with their families, emancipated, or transitioned to a lower level of care. As RFY’s participant numbers continuously grow each year, so has their need for skilled staff, facilities, and program diversity. Reflecting on these five years, RFY has increased its budget by 56 percent, hired 36 percent more staff, and increased its capacity to serve youth at risk by 55 percent Currently, RFY is anticipating the future needs of our community with the intention to be an even greater resource to youth and families.
“We want our next five years to be focused on providing even higher quality services in the areas of residential care, alternative education, and preventative services,” explains Jeff Johnson, founder and executive director of Reflections For Youth. RFY plans to expand on their existing preventative services, starting with drug and alcohol education, home-based crisis management, and specialized after school programs.
Adverse economic times often leads to more families struggling and it is RFY’s hope as an agency to be in a position to provide support and services that will keep families together.
To learn more about Reflections For Youth or to find out how you can support this local non-profit organization, contact Erich Phillips via e-mail at Erich@ReflectionsForYouth.org or call 970-532-5990.