Colorado Wilderness Program for Teens & Young Adults
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State-licensed in Colorado
Open Sky is a wilderness-based treatment program serving teens and young adults dealing with emotional, behavioral, and life challenges. Open Sky operates as a licensed treatment program under the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Based in the scenic mountain town of Durango, Colorado, Open Sky makes the mountains of Colorado and the desert of the Southwest its year-round operating area. Colorado, with majestic mountain peaks, scenic rivers, and down-to-earth people is a prime location to operate a premier wilderness treatment program for teens, young adults and their families.
Durango, Colorado is home to Ft. Lewis College, the state’s only four-year public liberal arts college, world class mountain biking, water-water rafting, and the nation’s largest contiguous mountain range, the San Juans.
Open Sky is extremely effective at helping troubled teens and young adults make considerable gains in self-confidence, preventing relapse, and changing problem behaviors. And most importantly, Open Sky graduates maintain these gains for up to a year after graduating.
Open Sky’s university-led research conclusions are based on empirically validated instruments that are conducted with each student and their family. Most programs conduct satisfaction surveys at the conclusion of treatment with its students and families. These surveys are an important measure for customer service but not for determining if the program actually works. Open Sky’s research proves that it works for struggling teens and young adults. Please visit our research page for a detailed description of our proven results.
Named 2009 Colorado Company to Watch
This annual award, given by the Colorado Office of Economic Development, is designed to select businesses from a wide range of industries throughout the state that make a substantial impact on Colorado’s economy. Among the 250-plus companies that were nominated in 2009, Open Sky was chosen as one of 50 companies for its outstanding performance in the marketplace and its contribution to Colorado’s economy.