Stepping Stones’ mission is to empower Roaring Fork Valley teens to reach self-sufficiency by providing youth with a safe and structured environment to learn life skills and access support services. The Stepping Stones drop-in center is a drug and alcohol free place for youth to go after school or work. We provide a home-like setting where youth learn valuable skills and experience new activities that enrich their lives.
Our drop-in center has an art room, study room, basketball court, community garden and a big comfy living room with an impressive collection of board games and video games. When youth come to the drop-in center they can take advantage of these spaces and other services we provide, such as tutoring, job readiness, arts and recreational programming, and basic needs services.
Stepping Stones has a teen program for youth ages 14-21, and a middle school program for youth ages 10-14. Our teen program is open every day from 3pm-6pm, focusing on mentoring, skill development, recreational programming, and a home-cooked meal every night. Our middle school program opened in June 2017, and operates during the summer from 10:30am-2pm. Youth come to the drop-in center daily to play games, do arts and crafts, and go on trips throughout the valley. The programming opportunities include horseback riding, hiking, bike trips, pool days, movies, science experiments, arts and crafts, and much more. Lunch is provided daily. In the fall of 2017, the middle school program will run in a new drop-in center from 3pm-6pm.