Craig The young people of Northwest Colorado always have been a personal and professional concern for Kim Maneotis, and in her new position, she can help guide them in a different manner.
If you go
What: Combating Compassion Fatigue
When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Bell Tower, 50 College Drive
Details: The presentation is intended for caregivers within the community. For more information, call 970-824-5752.
If you go
What: Prescription Drug Abuse
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St.
Details: The presentation will discuss the prevalence of prescription medication abuse in the area. For more information, call 970-824-5752.
Maneotis recently was hired as the Moffat County director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, starting in the position May 5. She replaces Desirae Pearcey, who resigned in order to handle a family situation out of state.
Susie Baird, managing director for Grand Futures in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, said Maneotis “has not missed a beat” in taking on Pearcey’s job.
“We hated losing Desirae because she was making a difference, but Kim’s going to make a difference, too,” Baird said. “She’s really hit the ground running.”
Maneotis worked for the past four years as unit director for Boys & Club of Craig and also has 14 years of experience as a preschool teacher with the Moffat County School District.
“The Boys & Girls Club is an amazing place, but I’ll see the kids there in different places now throughout the community, so I’ll still have a chance to connect with them, just on a different topic — so I’m excited about that,” she said. “I was always in the educational component before, but now I’m in the preventative mode.”
In her new job, Maneotis will address substance abuse for all ages in the area, describing her mission as helping youths understand what kinds of life-and-death decisions they make every day.
“I feel privileged to live in a community that embraces its youth and believes in the importance of education and prevention,” she said. “I value the importance of teen choice and teen voice.”
In addition to working with Grand Futures’ Teen Council, which was established by her predecessor, Maneotis said she strives to provide more healthy opportunities for kids in Northwest Colorado as well as opening the lines of communications between kids and their parents and educators.
“We have to make people aware and proactive for setting these kids up to make good choices,” she said.
A pair of Wednesday seminars will be available this week through Grand Futures for interested parties. Combating Compassion Fatigue for community caregivers is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower, and a presentation about prescription drug abuse is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Teen Council’s latest activities include a movie night at 7 p.m. Friday at Moffat County High School and providing a dunk tank and a bounce house during the downtown activities for Grand Olde West Days, as well as selling concessions during the event’s live music performance.
“They’ve got a lot of stuff coming up,” Maneotis said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.