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The CSU Extension in Gilpin County helps mountain residents improve their quality of life by offering a website, classes and programs that provide unbiased, research-based information on forestry, wildfire, wildlife, mountain gardening, noxious weeds and many other issues. Through our 4-H programs, we help youth develop life skills through leadership opportunities.

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Enrollment packet is here.

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Free field trip information/registration:

EAGLE is an out-of-school program at the Gilpin County Community Center. We provide FREE extracurricular opportunities and a space to hang out for youth in 6th-12th grade. All activities and field trips are planned by our youth program assistant and youth leadership team with the support of our adult program coordinator.

  • Youth can use the gym, the pool, the kitchen, the TV, our video game consoles, anything in the program closet, or just hang out
  • Ages 14+ who have completed the fitness orientation with staff can use the fitness hall and weight room
  • Our program calendar shows our optional activities for youth who are interested
  • We provide transportation from Gilpin High to the community center after school. To get a ride with our van, meet us by the flagpole by the buses between 4:00 and 4:05 Monday-Thursday.
  • 100% free and open to residents of any county

During the summer, we are open for drop-in on select Thursdays and Fridays. On other days we do free field trips (advance sign-up required) or go hiking. See the program calendar and field trip registrations above for more details.

Unless otherwise noted on the calendar, during the school year we are open Monday through Thursday from 4:15 to 7:15 PM. On Tuesdays, the community center is not open to the general public, so please knock on the green side door to be let in (near the ballot box). Email, text, or call Katherine with questions: (970) 633-2885 or katherine.harvey@colostate.edu

Youth must complete the enrollment packet prior to attendance. Please send to katherine.harvey@colostate.edu when complete. Paper copies may be obtained and dropped off at the community center.

Staff

Adult Program Coordinator

Katherine Harvey – katherine.harvey@colostate.edu

Katherine grew up in the Peak to Peak and spent her childhood raising chickens, reading fantasy books, and riding her horse with Gilpin’s 4-H Club. She has worked in youth development since she was sixteen, starting at TEENS, Inc. in Nederland. She spent two years in Denver at the state health department, a summer in Wyoming at a Boys and Girls Club, and used to work the front desk at the Gilpin County Community Center. In December 2019, she wrote the grant application to start EAGLE.

Katherine has a BA in English and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, but is most likely to tell you about her certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and a Positive Youth Development trainer. She currently serves as an officer on Gilpin’s Public Health Advisory Board and co-leads the statewide Youth Employee and Leader Empowerment Training System. Outside of work, she backpacks, bakes, and hangs out with her donkey.

Youth Program Assistant

Cassidy Wood – cassidy.wood@colostate.edu

Cassidy spent most of her youth in Gilpin County. She loved (and still loves) bike riding, camping, skiing, and many more outdoor activities. Cassidy is new to working with youth development but is learning quick and finding much joy in it. She now attends Gilpin High School and spends most of her free time doing cheerleading as well as spending time with her family. 

Youth Program Assistant

Aucklynn Sacco – aucklynn.sacco@colostate.edu

Aucklynn grew up in Gilpin County and spent her childhood reading, hiking, biking, and doing theater. Aucklynn started out with EAGLE being a part of the Youth Leadership Team, where she helped plan field trips/activities, as well as helped with advertising. Aucklynn has experienced working with youth through interning/helping with middle school aged students through summer camps in Boulder, CO. 

Aucklynn is currently attending Gilpin County High School where she will be a senior in the 2022-2023 school year. After high school, Aucklynn wants to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. In her free time, Aucklynn does theater with various companies throughout Colorado, as well as plays violin, and hangs out with her friends/family. 

Youth Program Assistant

Rayna Durnen – rayna.durnen@colostate.edu

Rayna grew up in Broomfield and spent her childhood spending time with her family and helping at her grandparents church that they attended; when she got to 6th grade, she helped lead small groups and she also did leadership in 4-H. Rayna started out with EAGLE in the summer of 2020 and was then a part of the Youth Leadership Team for two semesters. She likes riding horses and has been riding for two years. Rayna is currently attending Gilpin County High School where she will be a Junior in the 2022-2023 school year and will be attending Warren Tech for Live Sound and Event Production. In her free time, she likes to play guitar with her uncle and hang out with her uncle. After high school, she wants to work with her uncle and help get him gigs.

Leadership team

The EAGLE Youth Leadership Team is recruited on a semester basis and is composed of Gilpin youth ages 12-18. The leadership team is paid for their work in planning, participating in, and advertising activities.

Current leadership team

We have 8 youth on our spring 2022 team, with leaders from 4 grades, 2 schools, and a wide variety of interests: Liam, Leo, Rayna, Brian, Joey, Kari, Paul, and Acadia!

How to apply

Applications for the spring 2022 team have closed. To be notified when applications open for the fall 2022 team, please sign up for our email list.

Why bother applying?! Here’s what past youth leaders have to say:

“The biggest perk of being in the leadership program is definitely getting to make new friends and getting to go places and do things that we may have not done before.”

“It’s a fun and easy way of getting a bit of money.

“I think getting leadership experience and volunteer hours was a huge deal for me because it will definitely help me later on applications and for things like the Honors Society.

“It keeps me from getting bored.”

“I think overall this was really fun. What really drew people in was the fun and diverse activities that they otherwise might not have gotten to do. So that and being allowed to hang with friends was definitely the best part of this.”

“Get paid to have fun!”

Partners

We’re lucky to be a part of a network of mountain folks that serve young people! We partner with organizations and individuals to offer a variety of activities, field trips, and opportunities for EAGLE participants. Some of our partners include:

If you are interested in partnering with us to bring more opportunities to Gilpin youth, please email Katherine: katherine.harvey@colostate.edu.

COVID

COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Guidelines (updated February 14, 2022):

The Gilpin County community center no longer requires patrons to wear masks for most activities, in accordance with local public health guidelines. Gilpin schools have likewise lifted their mask mandate. This means that:

  1. Youth in EAGLE will not be required to wear masks in the community center or in the van until further notice. Depending on the location of field trips, masks may still be required depending on local mandates. Field trip participants will be informed accordingly.
  2. Youth are highly encouraged to wear masks if they are, or someone in their household is, immunocompromised or especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
  3. We have free adult-size KN-95s that we can distribute to any youth who would like one.
  4. CDC guidelines should still be followed for COVID-19 exposure.

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