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Helping youth in Chaffee County share their stories as a way to advocate for community education and acceptance, especially as it pertains to current health disparities and barriers facing minority demographics of youth. 

We Are Chaffee is working in collaboration with Partnership for Community Action, the Chaffee County Youth Alliance, and Family & Youth Initiatives to promote positive youth development within our county. The inclusion of We Are Chaffee in this effort is centered around the current challenges that face our local youth, particularly certain minority demographics that face disparities in health outcomes. These challenges include feeling a sense of belonging and acceptance in both their families and the larger community, experiencing bullying and harassment, having access to fun, healthy, and meaningful activities, and securing future housing and meaningful work to support them here in Chaffee County as adults.

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As an introduction to We Are Chaffee’s Future, we have compiled photos of youth who may be our future community leaders, business owners, parents, police officers, teachers, health professionals, and more. Let’s work together to identify and key indicators that we can change to ensure that our investment in all of our youth will lead to them having opportunity, and the desire, to stay in Chaffee County.

We invite you to follow We Are Chaffee to stay updated on progress with We Are Chaffee’s Future and other programs by signing up for the We Are Chaffee monthly newsletter or by following We Are Chaffee on Facebook and/or Instagram.

Learn more about the Chaffee County Youth Alliance or Family & Youth Initiatives at www.chaffeecountyfyi.org/community-based-prevention and Partnership for Community Action at https://www.gopfca.com/

Change-makers

ADVOCATING FOR

OUR EARTH

Sylvie, a Salida Senior, promoting, advocating and building a more sustainable town.

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GEODE GIRL

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Catalina has somewhat of a hard outer shell but when she shares her story, you see the incredible light she holds inside.

MEMOIR HELPS TEEN MAKE HIS MARK

Anthony's past traumas and pain had been masked, until he decided to write and self-publish his memoir.

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A YOUNG WOMAN CREATING A BETTER WORLD

Wise for her years, Gloria writes, coaches, competes and creates substance free fun for youth.

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HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

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Stella shares her experiences studying abroad to create a more positive Salida community.

SAVING THE SPIRIT OF ST ELMO

PASSIONATE TEEN FIGHTS FOR HER CONVICTIONS
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Diagnosed with Dyslexia, Opal stands up for herself and begins advocating for equity in education.

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