The Mission of Axios Youth Community is to restore hope, confidence and security through individualized treatment solutions for youth and young adults in need. Axios Youth Community has been fully accredited since 2007 through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and provides individualized care and treatment to high-risk adolescent boys and girls through the use of our full-service Clinical, Educational, Residential and Medical departments.
At Axios, we believe every child and young adult is worthy of compassion, love, respect, and our utmost as we aim to help them put the pieces of their lives back together again. We work with youth who display an array of behavioral and psychological symptoms of disorder, and seek to identify, set and reach a number of commonsense driven, attainable goals to help equip them for healthy, productive lives after they leave our care.
Axios Youth Community was incorporated as Children's Ark, Inc. in 1994, founded by Eric and Jeanann West in a small town west of Colorado Springs called Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. With its roots as a small group home for teenage boys, by 2005 the Children's Ark had expanded to become one of the largest and most well known Residential Treatment Centers in Colorado, and one of the very few centers that served both boys and girls.
In the fall of 2010, on the heels of Eric and Jeanann's retirement, Children's Ark adopted a new course of direction under new leadership, and began to diversify its services and streamline its corporate structure. Through the transition, Axios Youth Community emerged as an innovative corporation, the first in Colorado to offer a specialized Diagnostic Program as well as a treatment-based Restorative Justice Program, among others.
Today, Axios employs over 100 staff and owns multiple facilities serving different demographics of clientele up and down the Front Range of Colorado. Our flagship facility (known as our Ute Pass Facility) is located on 100+ beautiful mountain acres, a few miles West of Colorado Springs. Within the Axios continuum of care, the following services are currently provided:
Currently, the Axios Youth Community is developing the following services and programs:
- Residential Care, with 24-hour supervision and monitoring.
- Axios Academy, a fully accredited school with the Colorado Department of Education.
- Axios Day-Treatment, a school for children who have not been able to find their place in normal Public School.
- Clinical Services, providing therapeutic activities, groups and individualized treatment.
- Medical Services, providing medical treatment and psychotropic medications.
- Emancipation Services, teaching young boys how to productively live and function in society.
- College Prep, helping prepare disadvantaged youth for college and higher education.
- Restorative Justice Services, either provided to residents or on an out-patient basis.
- Spiritual Services, under the guidance of an ordained chaplain, residents are given an opportunity to grow spiritually.
- Recreation / Outdoor Education Services, with miles of hiking, and a state-of-the-art ropes course literally in our 'back yard', there is no limit to the fun a resident will have as they heal and grow.
- Residential Group Home, for pregnant teens.
- Residential Group Home, for teenage mothers and their child(ren).
- Day Treatment Services for the Colorado Springs school districts.
- Girls Emancipation Services, helping girls learn to live and function productively in society.