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Program made an impact

Dear Editor:Aspen Youth Center held its seventh annual Aspen Education Series event [recently] with Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannabes, basis of the movie Mean Girls. Although a fund-raiser for the center, it is also a community outreach program.The mission of the education series is to provide parents and other adults with the tools and information needed to become better educated about their choices and responsibilities toward raising healthy children. This year was the first year we grew to include Basalt and the first year we brought out a speaker to work directly with the kids.On Sept. 21, Rosalind facilitated workshops with 470 Basalt Middle School students and faculty. On Sept. 22, she facilitated a seventh- and eighth-grade workshop at Aspen Middle School, including the students from Aspen Country Day and the Aspen Community School. Approximately 325 students attended. Later that day Rosalind set aside some time to work directly with the teachers and give them strategies and tools to make their job a little easier. Rosalind gave a keynote speech to approximately 275 people in the general public, mainly parents, later that evening. In a matter of two days the education series was able to affect over 1,070 teachers, students and parents and raise money for the Aspen Youth Center! It is great to be a part of an event that helps make our community a better place, helps give parents the tools they need and helps our youth deal with issues facing them today.This wouldnt have been possible without some of our key sponsors; Alpine Bank, Aspen Skiing Co., Pions Restaurant and Roaring Fork Real Estate, not to mention many others. I also want to thank Charla Belinski, who chaired the event, and Beth Mobilian, who was dedicated to taking the event to Basalt.The second part of our education series will take place on Oct. 19 with Martha Kaufeldt, author of Begin with the Brain. The teachers had an opportunity to work with Martha last year and begged us to bring her back for both faculty and parents. For more information, please contact Sarah at 544-4133.Sarah BlangstedExecutive Director, Aspen Youth CenterAspen