Youth In Action

Salida and Buena Vista Mentor

Youth In Action

Youth in Action (YIA) is a school based mentoring program that was initiated in January 2005. The program empowers middle school students as literacy mentors for pre-school students through a weekly after-school curriculum.

YIA meets Mondays in Buena Vista and Wednesdays in Salida, and participates in activities such as reading, crafts, field trips, games, and guest speakers. Pre-schoolers are signed up by their parents at the start of each school year. Space is limited to 12 youth in BV and 12 youth in Salida. Throughout the year, parents are invited to the last meeting of each month to join in celebrating that month’s theme.

Middle school students must be recommended by a teacher and complete an application and 6-hour training prior to being matched. They also attend fun on-going trainings and field trips through the year.

Contact Kenny Wilcox at 719-530-2581 or to learn more about this great program.


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Referral Criteria and Referral Form

Know a local youth that could benefit from some mentoring help?

See our referral form (pdf)