We believe every person has worth and value.
We treat everyone with respect and integrity in all interactions.
We believe in the innate ability of people to change and we never give up.
We listen without judgment.
We believe every youth and family should have a voice in getting their needs met.
To date, The Link has served over 22,000 youth and their families.
In early 1999, the then Adams County District Attorney's Office (now the 17th Judicial District) and the North Metro Youth Diversion Board recruited representatives of the Adams County community concerned with and involved in juvenile justice issues to serve on a new Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition (JCEC). These JCEC members were chosen from existing groups that focused on youth, as well as from the community at large.
Both the District Attorney's Office and the North Metro Youth Diversion Board had previously explored and identified a need for a Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). All parties agreed that a JAC based on a national model to provide a “single point of entry” for at risk youth coming into contact with law enforcement or involved in the juvenile justice and/or human service systems would benefit from intervention services based on a comprehensive assessment and a more coordinated service delivery. Using federal grant money that required a 10% cash match from municipal partners The Link was created and opened in October of 1999.
Since that time the agency has grown from working primarily with law enforcement to offering screening and referrals to interventions for youth and their families who self-refer, as well providing a community space for services such as parenting groups and substance use education, follow up case coordination, and links to providers of services in the community such as support with eviction proceedings, school enrollment support, mental health assessment and treatment, substance use assessment and treatment, food and clothing resources, recreation and youth activities, etc.