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A program from the ‘best nonprofit’

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank everyone who voted for the Aspen Youth Center (AYC) as best nonprofit in the Aspen Times edition of Aspen’s best 2007 (Aspen Times Weekly, Sept. 1). There are hundreds of nonprofits in our valley all doing tremendous work, so to be chosen as the best nonprofit was a great honor and accomplishment. AYC has been in existence since 1991, providing a variety of enriching programs in a safe, supervised environment for youth in grades 4 through 12.

Besides our summer, after school and high school programs we host a small fundraising event each year called the Aspen Education Series. This fundraising event bring s a speaker to the valley to discuss important topics with students, teachers and parents. The event is taking place this week, and our speaker Andrea Quijada, with the New Mexico Media Literacy Project, will be speaking to students at Basalt and Aspen middle schools on media literacy, body image, gender stereotypes and racial relations. Andrea will also provide a parent keynote on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Aspen High School seminar room.

Andrea will help parents become more media savvy and provide tips on how to raise children in today’s media culture. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Aspen Youth Center (located inside the ARC) or at the door. Thanks again to our gracious community for voting Aspen Youth Center as best nonprofit and we hope to see everyone at the parent keynote.

Sarah Visnic

AYC executive director

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