YMCA of the Rockies is sponsoring Urban Peak, the only licensed homeless youth shelter for ages 15 to 21 in Denver, to provide a retreat for more than a dozen homeless youth at Estes Park Center. This two day retreat is part of a larger eight month project comprised of both qualitative and quantitative research looking to identify ways service providers and society can better address the epidemic of youth homelessness. Participants in the retreat will work in focus groups as well as enjoy team building activities at the YMCA of the Rockies.
Urban Peak’s mission is to help homeless youth and youth at risk of becoming homeless overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults. Urban Peak provides a safe and caring place so that youth can begin to work on getting off the streets. Urban Peak includes the only licensed youth shelter for ages 15 to 21 in the Denver metro area, providing meals, clothing, a clinic and mental health evaluations. A street outreach team and volunteers support youth on the streets, and an education and employment services department helps youth work towards education and career goals. The retreat at YMCA of the Rockies will be comprised of members from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) demographic within Urban Peak. LGBTQ youth represent a disproportionate number of all homeless youth, recent studies have suggested anywhere from 20-40%. The retreat will work with youth to discuss their current constructs of spiritual and religious identity.
The mission of the YMCA of the Rockies is to put Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of the Rockies embraces diversity and the spirit of inclusion and abides by the core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.