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The Colorado Department of Education invites aspiring educators to apply for up to $10,000 in financial assistance for educator preparation program fees. The Educator Recruitment and Retention program provides direct support for qualified individuals interested in teaching in a shortage area and who can commit to working in that area for three years.   

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Pictured left to right: Sloane Speer, Miela Brinkman, Jenny Shea, Jenny’s son, Julian, Sofia Scherff-Zamora, and Bella Davidson.

The Students for Social Justice Club at Steamboat Springs High School collaborated with the community to create a podcast highlighting efforts to combat discrimination in the Yampa Valley. Pictured left to right: Sloane Speer, Miela Brinkman, Jenny Shea, Jenny’s son, Julian, Sofia Scherff-Zamora, and Bella Davidson. Two students who contributed that are not pictured are Will Hall and Amelie Wild. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Shea)

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Since 2018, the Behavioral Health in the Schools Initiative has boosted mental health services in Routt County schools. The partnership was spearheaded by the thought leadership and financial contributions of the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation (CSFF), UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC), and Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation (YVMCF) to support all Routt County school districts and students. The combined investment from UCHealth and CSFF since 2018 has been nearly $1.6M. This effort has integrated mental health education and support into our schools, fostering a stronger focus on well-being. The Yampa Valley Community Foundation and private donors have helped to sustain and expand the program since its inception. Let's acknowledge the progress made in creating a robust support system for students, including prevention efforts and targeted services for those in need.

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