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Laramie Youth Crisis Center--Supporting our Community's Young People
A story from Laramie Youth Crisis Center staff Anna Fahy:

A girl once came to the Laramie Youth Crisis Center (LYCC) and at first, did not share much information. She appeared to be shut down. Her DFS worker told LYCC that she never talked to her therapist and had a lot of stuff going on but didn’t seem to be dealing with it. This girl had built up a wall and wouldn’t let anyone in.

One day she and staff Anna Fahy, were in the kitchen baking cookies together. The girl started talking about her relationship with her foster mom and how angry she was. All of a sudden she started talking about her biological mother and how she was really mad at her. Soon after, she began to realize she was not actually angry with her foster mother and that she was upset with her biological mom instead. She realized that she loves her foster mom and doesn’t know why she keeps trying to push her away.

From this point on, she really began building a relationship with the staff at LYCC. Upon leaving the Center she was able to open up more with her therapist and talk about the bigger issues going on in her life. This really seemed to be a stepping stone for her in helping her move forward; allowing her to work on why she was really angry. To this day, this young girl continues to keep in touch with the staff at LYCC. While at the Laramie Youth Crisis Center, she learned to trust and began building a support system. We believe relationships are the key to helping the youth in our community and it shows.

Information about the Laramie Youth Crisis Center

City funds supplement operations at the Laramie Youth Crisis Center. The Crisis Center has a 24 hour a day, no cost, “open door-open phone” policy for families and youth in need. The Crisis Center provides a safe, therapeutic, compassionate, and structured environment for youth while families work through the crisis with them. In times of family turmoil, the Crisis Center provides guidance and intervention geared toward the protection and preservation of the family.

Temporary emergency care and shelter is provided for youth aged 0-18 years. The Crisis Center is designed for crisis intervention based on the family’s needs. Most youth return home in one to three days. The Crisis Center primarily serves Albany County; however, its service can extend to youth throughout Wyoming and runaways who need a safe haven.


Parenting Classes
Parenting classes are offered twice a year for 8 weeks at a time. These classes are offered to reinforce what parents already know and teach new skills. These classes focus on giving choices and providing natural and logical consequences. Facilitators encourage participant interaction and support while giving everyone a chance to practice their parenting skills while developing a strong support system. To inquire about upcoming classes call 742-5936.
ACES
ACES (Albany County Expelled and Suspended Students) is a choice for families whose student has been suspended or expelled. These families are referred by the school. ACES is designed to help students stay on track academically while providing support to the family. There are two pieces to the program: 1. The student attends school at Laramie Youth Crisis Center (LYCC) during the expulsion or suspension. 2. The family advocates meet with the family and support their needs.
ACES Summer Program
The ACES Summer Program is for youth ages 10-16 that are looking for a positive way to spend their summer. This program provides positive activities and encourages youth to develop their strengths through physical activity, volunteering, and crafts. Every day is a new adventure for the group.


Extended Families
The goal of Extended Families is to help families stay safe and together while empowering, strengthening, and supporting them. The work is done through High Fidelity Wraparound. Developments of all goals are family driven and youth guided. For referrals, call 742-3302 and ask for
Belinda Bacon. This program partners with the High Fidelity Wraparound services.

Latest News:

Our Laramie Youth Crisis Center had a garage sale (August 17th & 18th) from 8am to 2pm. Among the many treasures for sale were enchiladas, lemonade, and popcorn. This sale made the Laramie Boomerang on August 18th and raised around $2,000! Way to go LYCC!






Laramie Main Street Alliance--Improving our Economy
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Laramie Main Street Alliance

The Laramie Main Street Alliance is a 501(c) (3) that strives to preserve historic downtown Laramie while enhancing its economic and social vitality. It was founded by with help and partial financial support from the City and the Downtown Laramie Business Association in 2005. This support has allowed the Main Street Alliance to focus efforts to enhance the economy in Laramie and create a downtown that attracts visitors from around the country.

In the last two years, the Alliance has assisted with the opening of 30 new businesses and 14 façade improvements while tracking a reinvestment ratio of $11 per every $1 raised by the Alliance. This means, for every dollar brought into the program, $11 more dollars are reinvested by private citizens or public entities to improve the business climate downtown.

The Alliance utilizes a four-point approach developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that includes Design & Historic Preservation, Promotion & Marketing, Economic Development and Volunteer & Resource Recruitment.

Complementary services in these four areas are free to any business or property owner in the Downtown Development Authority district.

In 2010 the Alliance received an Innovation award from the Wyoming Main Street program and Business of the Year from the Laramie Board of Realtors. We have been accredited as a Main Street program every year since 2005.

For more information about the Laramie Main Street Alliance or how we can help your business, contact us at 307-760-3355 or

According to the Reinvestment Statistics compiled by the Wyoming Main Street program for the eight Certified Main Street Programs in Wyoming (Buffalo, Dubois, Evanston, Green River, Rawlins, Rock Springs and Sheridan), downtown Laramie lead the way in renovation projects, public improvements, net job gains and net business gains. The Laramie Main Street Alliance documented 42 private renovation projects, ranging from extensive interior remodels to new awnings and signage for a total of $380,605. Seven public improvement projects downtown were completed. These ranged from large-scale murals to wiring upgrades to the antique light poles, totaling over two million dollars.




The Depot gets a new heater!
Inside the Depot
Inside the Depot



 

The Depot, located on First ST. and Kearney St. once functioned as a major travel stop on the railroad.  With the departure of Amtrak the community formed a nonprofit that took over stewardship of the facility and have turned it into a gathering place for the many community functions. This building houses photo and unique railroad memorabilia that commemorate Laramie’s heritage.  However, the four forced-air furnaces that heat the main part of the Depot are over 20 years old.  They are noisy, expensive to operate, and require frequent servicing.  Moreover, the vendor has has indicated that replacement parts are difficult to obtain because the models are no longer manufactured and may become unavailable.   This has become a barrier to organizations wishing to use the facility for meetings and other functions because it is too noisy.  With rentals being the financial lifeblood for the facility, this became a serious problem.  This year, funds provided by the City will help replace this old furnace and visitors will benefit from the improved environment the modern (and quiet!) heating system will create. 



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